The Gamecocks' two-time national champion baseball coach Ray Tanner will be South Carolina's next athletic director, said a person familiar with the move.
Tanner is expected to be introduced Friday, the person told The Associated Press Thursday on condition of anonymity because the school has not publically announced the hire.
♦ Tanner To Become South Carolina AD; Holbrook To Be Head Coach (Baseball America)
Tanner has long believed that coaching has a shelf life, and his desire to eventually move over to the AD's chair was no secret. When Eric Hyman vacated that seat to become the new AD at Texas A&M, it seemed like a perfect time for Tanner to make the transition. He has already shown a knack for fund-raising and administrative planning, playing a key role in South Carolina's move to a new $36 million ballpark in 2009.
And it helps that South Carolina has the ideal successor waiting in the wings in Holbrook, perhaps college baseball's best recruiter.