South Carolina's Chad Holbrook is ready for everything that comes with being the Gamecocks' new baseball coach, even the enormous expectations to match the success of his old dugout boss Ray Tanner.
Holbrook was named the program's first new coach in 16 years last summer, promoted when Tanner became the school's athletic director. And Holbrook says rarely has a day gone by when he hasn't been reminded that Tanner had the program peaking with College World Series championships in 2010 and 2011, and a runner-up finish in Omaha last summer.
''I have to stay narrow-minded in regards to that because if I look at what coach Tanner accomplished what our program has accomplished, that's too much to even think about,'' Holbrook said Friday.
Holbrook was hired by Tanner after the 2008 season. He was instrumental in assembling and guiding a South Carolina program that has 198 victories the past four seasons - the most in Division I. Holbrook acknowledged he'll lean heavily on Tanner's princ...