Athletic Director Ray Tanner said he knew Mark Kingston was the man for the job based on his personal beliefs and professionalism.
Kingston summed those beliefs up in three words: Faith, Family and Baseball.
The new coach of the Gamecocks joked that he doesn’t have hobbies. He doesn’t hunt. He doesn’t fish. (Although USF beat writer for the Tampa Times Joey Knight says Kingston is a big KISS fan). All he does is play baseball.
“I love it, it’s all I’ve ever done, I played it and pretty much every job I’ve ever had is related to baseball,” said Kingston.
While introducing Kingston, Tanner joked that he didn’t press his new coach to win games.
“All I said was we’ve got to beat Clemson and I’d like to go to Omaha,” said Tanner. “I really didn’t go into more detail than that.”
And his career record demonstrate success, Kingston boasts a robust record of 253-180-1.
At USF, Kingston heightened his accolades and won over 100 games and took the team to the NCAA regionals twice in three years. Before Kingston, the last time the Bull earned a regional berth was in 2002. Last year under Kingston the Bulls went 42-19 and set a school record for strikeouts.
Most notably Kingston is no stranger to Omaha. He won a national championship as an assistant with University of Miami in 2001 and he made it again with Tulane in 2004 and 2005.
While Kingston has three person beliefs he shortened his baseball belief to two things: Speed and Power.
He said that he wants to score runs with a single hit. He wants players to use their speed to advance bases instead of bleeding out four or five hits to score a run.
SportsTalk got a 1-on-1 with the new head coach that you can listen to here:
Or you can listen to the whole press conference here: