About two weeks after Lelo Prado stepped down, South Florida on Wednesday named Mark Kingston the sixth coach in the history of the baseball program.
Kingston has spent the previous five seasons as coach at Illinois State, leading to the Redbirds to two Missouri Valley Conference regular season titles and a conference tournament title and one NCAA Tournament appearance in 2010.
Kingston was also a candidate at Tulane and was expected to interview there on Tuesday but did not show, according to reports that said he was focused on replacing Prado at USF.
Prior to coaching at Illinois State, Kingston spent seven years as recruiting coordinator at Tulane and served as an assistant on the Miami team that won the 2001 College World Series.
At Tulane, Kingston produced Top 25 recruiting classes in six of his seven seasons, including the 2005 class that ranked fourth in the country.
“I can’t wait to get started,” Kingston said in a release from the school. “We have unbelievable facilities, great support and the building blocks in place to be a championship program at USF. I know from my experience at Miami how great baseball is in Florida and I’m excited to return.”
Kingston played collegiate ball at North Carolina and was part of the Tar Heels team that won the ACC regular season title in 1989 and advanced to the College World Series.
Prado, who stepped down to become associate athletic director for administration and external relations, failed to make the regionals in his eight seasons as coach.