South Carolina baseball announces complete coaching staff – The State
South Carolina head baseball coach Mark Kingston made his new coaching staff official on Wednesday.
Mike Current will join the Gamecocks after previously working with Kingston at South Florida, while Jerry Meyers is being retained as pitching coach after working under former head coach Chad Holbrook. In addition, Stuart Lake will return as a volunteer assistant coach and camp coordinator.
Kingston also announced that Trip Couch has been named Director of Player Development, and Tyson Lusk has been retained as the Director of Baseball Operations.
“We are very excited to announce our baseball staff moving forward with South Carolina Baseball,” Kingston said. “This group shares my vision for what this program should be. We will collaborate daily to make sure our student-athletes reach their potential and are well positioned to attain all of their goals on and off the field. The additions of Mike Current and Trip Couch, and retention of Jerry Meyers, Stuart Lake, and Tyson Lusk give us a group as accomplished as any in the country. Our players will be thrilled to be mentored daily by this outstanding group.”
Current spent the past three seasons at USF with Kingston, serving as the team’s assistant coach, recruiting coordinator, hitting coach and working with the outfielders. From 2015-17, Current helped the Bulls make a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances.
Meyers recently completed his 15th year associated with the Gamecock baseball program. He served as an assistant at South Carolina from 1997-2004 and returned to Carolina in August of 2010 to coach the pitchers following six years as the head coach at Old Dominion. He was the pitching coach when the Gamecocks won the national title in 2011, as well as when USC returned to the College World Series championship series in 2012.
Lake joined the Gamecocks’ staff in 2017 after serving as the head coach at Charleston Southern from 2009-16. He started the season serving as the Coordinator of Baseball Administration and Director of Player Development before moving into the volunteer coach role midway through the season. Lake previously served as an assistant at USC from 1999-2002.
Couch comes to Carolina from the University of Houston, where he logged stints as an assistant coach from 1995-2000 and again from 2010-17. Most recently, he served as the Cougars’ recruiting coordinator and was responsible for coaching the outfielders and catches and implementing the short game offensively. During his time in Houston, he helped the Cougars capture four regular season conference titles and four conference tournament championships.
Lusk joined the Gamecock staff in August of 2013. He came to Columbia after four years as clubhouse/equipment manager with the University of North Carolina and eight seasons overall with the Tar Heel baseball program.