In the end, Chad Holbrook is the coach of the College of Charleston.
The route he had to take to get to this job was a lot more eventful than five years ago when he was simply promoted to USC's head baseball coach following the 2012 season.
After Holbrook was officially introduced as the new head baseball coach at the College of Charleston Friday morning, he was asked about the twists and turns to this coaching search which needed its own scorecard to keep up with all the players. Holbrook on Tuesday was all set to take over only to have a large group of former players endorse former College of Charleston player and assistant Scott Foxhall for the job. Foxhall is an assistant at N.C. State. Holbrook reportedly withdrew his name Wednesday morning but by Wednesday evening, he was back in the role as the top candidate when the CofC administration rebuffed efforts by alumni to look towards Raleigh for its next coach.
Instead, it was a simple drive down I-26 that has brought the Cougars its new head baseball coach
"It was a whirlwind," Holbrook said.
"Sometimes these searches take some crazy turns. At the end of the day, I always felt I had the opportunity to be the coach here. There were a lot of things printed that said maybe I was out. I always felt with my communications with these great people that I had a chance to be the coach here and when I officially got the call and the offer, it was one of the happiest days of my life. I can't thank them enough for the trust and belief that they have in me and it's truly a special time for the Holbrook family."
Holbrook signs on for a five-year deal, terms were not announced. He would like to be in the Lowcountry longer than the five years.
"This is where I’d like to end my career,” Holbrook said.
“I’m telling you, I would love to call Charleston home for the rest of my life. That’s why I fought hard for the job. That's why I sent letter after letter to president McConnell, why I called Matt. I wanted them to know how passionate I was about being here. This is where I wanted to be, and I can’t tell you how fortunate I am to be here.”
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