Gamecocks land their man in baseball coach Kingston

uscbase-kingstontannerMark Kingston has been named the head baseball coach at the University of South Carolina, Athletics Director Ray Tanner announced today. He becomes the 30th head coach in the history of Gamecock Baseball.

Kingston comes to Carolina following a three-year stint as the head coach at USF. He compiled a 100-78-1 record while in Tampa, helping the Bulls to a pair of NCAA Regional appearances. Kingston owns a career mark of 253-180-1 in eight seasons as a head coach, including five at Illinois State, with three NCAA appearances in that eight-year span.

Kingston has helped lead 11 teams to NCAA Tournament berths as an assistant and head coach — with four of those teams appearing in the NCAA Super Regionals, two participating in the College World Series and one winning a national championship. As a player at the University of North Carolina, Kingston was part of the 1989 Tar Heels squad that won an Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title and advanced to the College World Series. He also helped UNC win the ACC Tournament and advance to the NCAA Regionals in 1990. As an assistant coach, Kingston helped the Miami Hurricanes capture the 2001 College World Series as the No. 1 overall seed. His 21-year collegiate coaching career also includes stops at Tulane, where he helped guide the Green Wave to the 2005 College World Series, and Purdue.

Kingston guided USF to a 42-19 mark in 2017, the first time since 1996 that the team had reached the 40-win mark. Under Kingston’s leadership, the Bulls earned their second trip to the NCAA Tournament in three years. USF won 19-straight games from Feb. 19 – March 22, the second-longest streak in program history. During that streak, USF defeated then No. 3 Florida State in Tallahassee, its first victory against FSU since 1989. On May 9, the Bulls defeated then-No. 5 Florida in Gainesville. It marked the first time in program history that the Bulls beat both FSU and Florida on the road in the same season. The victories were just USF’s second and third wins over top-five teams in program history. Kingston reached the 100-win mark at the helm of the program in the Gainesville Regional opener with a 9-1 win over Bethune-Cookman, making him the second-fastest coach in program history to reach 100 victories.

A 1995 graduate of North Carolina with a degree in communications, Kingston was part of the 1989 Tar Heels squad that won an Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title and advanced to the College World Series. He also helped the team win the ACC Tournament and advance to NCAA Regionals in 1990 as a sophomore. Kingston received the Trippe Bourne “Most Dedicated Player” Award for his outstanding work ethic and leadership during his junior campaign, and was named a team captain his senior season.

Drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers out of North Carolina in 1992, the Northern Virginia native played professionally for five seasons with Milwaukee and the Chicago Cubs organizations.

Kingston attended Potomac High School (Virginia), where he developed into a Collegiate Baseball Top-50 Prospect and was drafted by the New York Yankees after leading his team to the 1988 state championship. In 2006, Kingston was inducted into the Potomac Hall of Fame.

Photo courtesy of USC Athletics

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