November 28, 2015

USC and Clemson announce coaching moves

Frank Martin is bumping up assistant coach Matt Figger.

Frank Martin is bumping up assistant coach Matt Figger.

Here are a couple of coaching transactions that came down the pike from USC and Clemson today.

At USC, basketball coach Frank Martin is promoting one of his assistants and making a clear push to help land him a head coaching gig in the near future:

University of South Carolina head men’s basketball coach Frank Martin announced on Wednesday, that longtime assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Matt Figger has been promoted to associate head coach for the Gamecocks’ program. Figger, who has over 20 years of coaching experience in various levels of the college ranks, will remain the recruiting coordinator as well.

“Upon losing Brad Underwood [to the head coaching position at Stephen F. Austin in April] the decision to promote Matt Figger to associate head coach was an easy one,” Martin said. “Matt has been with me from day one at Kansas State, and he is as ready as anyone can be to take on head coaching duties. I’m excited for what he brings to our program every single day, and he’ll remain responsible for the same things that he has done up to this point. I just want everyone to understand and know – players, and everyone who is around us – that Matt is ready to take on the challenge of being a head coach.”

Figger assumed duties as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at South Carolina shortly after Martin’s arrival in April 2012.

Clemson baseball coach Jack Leggett is bringing in a former player to help on his staff.

Clemson Baseball Head Coach Jack Leggett announced the addition of former Tiger righthander Stephen Faris to the coaching staff as the volunteer assistant on Wednesday. Faris replaces former Tiger first-baseman Michael Johnson, who served as the volunteer assistant for the previous five seasons (2009-13). Faris will assist Associate Head Coach and Pitching Coach Dan Pepicelli with the pitching staff. Faris was a starting righthander on three Clemson teams (2004-06) before playing four seasons in the minor leagues.

“We are very excited to have Stephen at Clemson as our volunteer assistant coach,” said Leggett. “He was an outstanding pitcher and leader when he was a player at Clemson. He knows our system and what it takes to run a successful program.

“Stephen was one of the most competitive pitchers I’ve ever coached, and he will bring that same competitiveness and work ethic to our coaching staff. We couldn’t be more pleased to have Stephen join our staff.”

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