Mark Kingston was fired as South Carolina baseball coach


COLUMBIA – South Carolina baseball coach Mark Kingston is away from the Gamecocks after seven seasons, according to multiple media reports.

Kingston finished at South Carolina with an overall coaching record of 217-155, 83-96 in the SEC. He led the Gamecocks to four NCAA tournament regions and two super regionals.

This year, the Gamecocks lost in the NCAA regional to JMU on June 2 after scoring no points. The shutout was the first JMU earned all year and only the second time in 2024 the Gamecocks were held scoreless. In 2023, Kingston took South Carolina to the super regionals, but lost to Florida.

To end the regular season, South Carolina dropped six straight games, both in series sweeps.

Kingston was named South Carolina baseball’s 30th head coach on June 30, 2017. Before South Carolina, Kingston spent three years at USF, where he led the team to two NCAA regionals and one super regional. His first head coaching gig was at Illinois State, where he coached for five seasons. In 2019, Kingston was named assistant coach of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.

As a player, Kingston won the ACC Championship with North Carolina before being drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers out of North Carolina in 1992. He played five seasons in the MLB with Milwaukee and the Chicago Cubs.

Lulu Kesin covers South Carolina athletics for The Greenville News and the USA TODAY Network. Email her at [email protected] and follow her on X, formerly known as Twitter, @Lulukesin

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