Like College of Charleston did earlier this month, Charleston Southern has hired an alumnus who had been serving as an assistant coach elsewhere in the Palmetto State to be its new head coach. The Buccaneers named 1994 CSU graduate Stuart Lake their head coach Monday. Lake had spent the previous two years as an assistant at The Citadel and has spent time on the staffs at South Carolina, Mississippi and College of Charleston in his 13-year coaching career.
“I am pleased to have an alumnus as our new head coach,” Charleston Southern athletics director Hank Small said. “He is so familiar with CSU, but also has a great amount of experience. He has worked with some of the best coaches, not only in the area, but the country, in Ray Tanner (South Carolina), John Pawlowski (CofC), Mike Bianco (Ole Miss) and Fred Jordan (The Citadel).”
Lake has coached 75 drafted players in his career and 31 who were selected in the top 10 rounds. He also has head coaching experience with Edenton in the Coastal Plain League and at two South Carolina high schools.
On Tuesday, North Carolina hired a replacement for former assistant coach Chad Holbrook, who left for South Carolina last week. The Tar Heels hired Liberty assistant Scott Jackson to be their hitting, baserunning and infield coach. Jackson served as pitching coach at Liberty last year and for the previous five years at UNC Wilmington, but he has worked with hitters in previous coaching stops at Campbell, Barton and Wofford.
"I’m thrilled to be working at the best university in the country, with the best baseball team in the country and with two guys in Coach (Mike) Fox and Coach (Scott) Forbes that are not only great coaches but great people," said Jackson, a Charlotte native and former Campbell player. "This job is a dream come for me. When I started coaching 10 years ago, this is the job that I would have handpicked for myself at this point in my career. I’m excited, my family is excited, and we can’t wait to get to Chapel Hill and get rolling."
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