College of Charleston baseball coach Chad Holbrook has agreed in principle to a new five-year contract that will keep him at the school through the 2023 season.
Kendall Rogers, of D1Baseball.com, reported Friday that the former South Carolina head coach was a "legitimate" candidate for the opening at Kansas State.
Holbrook confirmed Saturday that he has no plans to leave College of Charleston.
"I love the College of Charleston and I don't think my job is done here yet," Holbrook said. "We had a nice year, but we want to do bigger and better things. Our job here is just starting. I just felt like this is where I need to be and that's what made the decision to stay pretty easy for me.
"I love the kids, I love working for Matt Roberts and I love the people that are a part of this program. I love everything about this program."
Holbrook led the Cougars to a 36-19 mark in his first season at College of Charleston, which included a 4-0 mark against teams from the Southeastern Conference and a three-game sweep of nationally-ranked Georgia. It was an eight-game improvement from a year ago. The Cougars were 28-31 in 2017 under Matt Heath, who was fired at the end of the season.
“We’ve reached an agreement in principle to a new contract,” said College of Charleston athletics director Matt Roberts. “He told me earlier today that he wants to be at the College of Charleston for a long, long time. He said he’s excited and can’t wait to get this program back to where it should be. He’s excited to be our coach and we’re excited to have him.”
Kansas State head coach Brad Hill resigned earlier this month after the Wildcats finished the 2018 campaign with a 23-31 mark. Two of those losses came against College of Charleston during a weekend series in Manhattan, Kan., in March.
“I’d rather have schools from the bigger conferences interested in our coaches than not interested at all,” Roberts said. “What that does is reiterate the great job that not only Chad is doing, but the great job that all of our coaches are doing. If prominent athletic departments from across the nation are taking notice of what we’re doing at the College of Charleston and how we’re competing on a national level, that’s a good problem to have. Our job is to retain them and keep them at the College of Charleston.”
Holbrook made $165,000 this past season and is expected to see a pay increase with his new contract.
“All that has to be approved by the board of trustees,” Roberts said.
Holbrook was the head coach at South Carolina for five seasons, compiling a 200-106 record and leading the Gamecocks to three NCAA regionals and two super regionals.