Chad Holbrook was reportedly close to becoming the new head baseball coach at the College of Charleston as both sides were negotiating a contract to bring the former USC head coach to the Lowcountry.
Then the situation turned sideways. Now it's back to where it was - sort of. The situation now is the coaching search for a head baseball coach at the College of Charleston will go down as one of the most bizarre events ever.
Holbrook is reportedly back in the mix for the head coaching vacancy at the College of Charleston. That news coming out the same day that news broke he was being passed over in favor of a former player with a lot of heavyweights in his corner.
Holbrook, athletics director Matt Roberts and school president Glenn McConnell seemingly were all set to bring the former USC head coach on board. But McConnell "changed tune" according to DI Baseball.com writer Kendall Rogers. Also, Columbia sports talk show host Teddy Heffner reported Wednesday Holbrook was not happy with the way the talks were progressing and withdrew his name from consideration.
N.C. State pitching coach Scott Foxhall is the favorite among a powerful group of alumni. A former player and assistant coach at the College of Charleston, Foxhall has received support from current New York Yankees outfielder and former Cougar Brett Gardner who reportedly called McConnell to voice his support for Foxhall.
Holbrook was promoted to USC's head baseball coach after the 2012 season when Ray Tanner took over as athletics director. In five years as head coach, he made two Super Regionals but missed the post-season in two of those years. As an assistant coach for four seasons under Tanner, Holbrook was a key component of those back-to-back national championships and was a logical choice to take over the program when Tanner moved into administration.
This past season, Holbrook did lead USC to a rare multiple-win stay at the SEC Tournament in Hoover. USC had entered the conference tournament with an eight-game losing streak, the last seven under Holbrook. But the late surge wasn't enough to secure a trip to the post-season and when Carolina was left out of the regionals, that was the final straw as Holbrook officially resigned after five years as head coach with a .653 winning percentage. He was 200-106 in his five years in the Gamecock dugout.