USC associate head baseball coach Chad Holbrook is staying put. Holbrook interviewed for the head coaching job at Tennessee Tuesday and was considered by many to be one of the frontrunners for that job. This morning he announced he was pulling his name out of the hat and remaining at USC.
“I am flattered by the interest of the University of Tennessee but am withdrawing my name from consideration for the head coaching position in Knoxville,” said Holbrook. “Tennessee is a great institution with a great athletic program but at this point in my career I belong here at South Carolina. My family and I love the University and Columbia and we look forward to continuing to build on the championship program we’ve been so fortunate to be a part of. I want to thank Dr. Pastides, Eric Hyman, and Coach Tanner for their support throughout this process. They have been incredible and I can’t thank them enough. We’re excited about returning to the College World Series and hope to see plenty of Garnet and Black in Omaha. Go Gamecocks!”
Holbrook has spent three seasons at USC and is considered the Gamecocks top recruiter. The team has made two trips to Omaha and won a national title since he arrived from North Carolina.
The move is not shocking. Holbrook told SportsTalk last week that he hoped to be at USC a long time and that he was fine with being an assistant for the next several years. It is unlikley he will be named coach in waiting but you can expect Holbrook will be first in line to replace Ray Tanner when he hangs it up.