Mark Kingston named new USF baseball coach

Posted: June 4, 2014 in Baseball

Say hello to the new head coach, Mark Kingston.

From USF – The baseball season just ended on May 24th and Athletic Director Mark Harlan has wasted no time in finding the 6th head coach in USF baseball program history, naming Mark Kingston as the new skipper. Kingston, who has been the head coach at Illinois State University for the last 5 years, brings a loaded resume to Tampa. 

Some of the highlights of his long resume are his 173-102 record while at ISU. He won two Missouri Valley Conference regular season titles during his time with the Redbirds, winning 1 conference tournament, and posting 30+ wins each season. Kingston has a long history of winning, being part of 9 teams that have gone to the NCAA tournament including a championship season as an assistant coach while at the University of Miami. Kingston also has a long record as a player as well, being a member of a UNC team that made it to the NCAA tournament and as a professional player for the Milwaukee Brewers (stats are from USF press release).

Kingston is widely regarded as a top young coach in the collegiate levels and has a reputation as a strong recruiter.

I personally love the hire by Harlan and what he is doing to re-energize the athletic programs. Kingston, from all accounts, sounds like a young, exciting, and fast rising coach that is exactly what the baseball program needs. With his background, ability to recruit, and history of success, he should be able to turn the baseball program around. He inherits a team that is not devoid of talent and should be able to hit the ground running in his first year.

Harlan continues to bring in young, rising coaches, that will hopefully turn the big programs around. Coach Taggart is rebuilding for football, Coach Antigua has a reloaded roster and plans on bringing a faster style of play to the court and now Kingston has joined the athletic department. Hopefully Kingston can get things going fast!


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