Omaha, Neb. -- South Carolina's Ray Tanner was named National Coach of the Year by Collegiate Baseball.

Tanner just completed his 14th year as head coach at USC, leading the Gamecocks to a national championship and a 54-16 overall record. On the way to the title at the College World Series, the Gamecocks became the first team ever to win six consecutive games in Omaha on the way to a national title.

This year's trip was the fourth to the CWS for Tanner, along with three consecutive trips from 2002-04.

He coached North Carolina State for nine years before moving to USC.

--Joe Hudak, Winthrop's longtime coach, was relieved of his duties after 19 seasons that included five trips to the NCAA tournament. Hudak, 59, was to be reassigned within the athletic department.

Athletic director Tom Hickman said he felt a change of leadership was necessary.

Winthrop won three Big South championships and was 662-467-5 under Hudak.

Anderson now in SAC

The South Atlantic Conference officially has a 10th member in Anderson University. The school announced its intentions to join the NCAA Division II conference in Jan. 2009.

The move became official with the start of the new academic year. Anderson is eligible for all SAC and Division II championships.

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