The New York Yankees named Carlos Mendoza, a former RiverDogs first base coach and manager of the Gulf Coast League Yankees, the Charleston RiverDogs' manager for the 2012 season.
"Carlos is a very bright young man who was a leader as a player, and has displayed the same leadership skills as a manager," said Mark Newman, the Yankees' senior vice president for baseball operations. "We have great confidence that he will make an excellent manager for the RiverDogs."
Mendoza replaces Aaron Ledesma, who left baseball and has entered private business.
Mendoza joined the Yankees organization for the 2009 season a member of the Staten Island Yankees' coaching staff before joining the RiverDogs' workforce for the 2010 campaign. During the 2011 campaign, he served as the manager of the Gulf Coast League Yankees.
South Carolina's baseball team, coming off back-to-back national championships, is ranked second in the Collegiate Baseball preseason top 40, announced Monday.
Clemson is ranked No. 25 and College of Charleston is No. 32.
USC, which opens the season Feb. 17 at home against Virginia Military Institute, trails only Florida in the poll. The Gamecocks beat the Gators in last season's national championship series.
The teams meet again March 22-24 in Columbia.
The Tigers open the season on Feb. 17 against UAB at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
College of Charleston opens its season on Feb. 17 with a weekend series at South Alabama.