Ray Tanner introduced as new USC Athletic Director; keeps his $675,000 salary

South Carolina coach Ray Tanner, shown here before the start of the College World Series in Omaha, was named the school's athletic director Friday, July 13. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

COLUMBIA - Ray Tanner was officially introduced as the University of South Carolina’s new athletic director Friday after the school’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved a $675,000 annual salary, roughly equal to what Tanner made as head baseball coach.

Citing his belief that “winning is contagious” and beaming, USC President Dr. Harris Pastides said Tanner’s management experience – six years as an assistant AD at N.C. State – made the two-time College World Series winning coach an easy choice.

Tanner, 54, went 738-316 in 16 seasons as baseball coach with six College World Series trips, including the last three in a row. Tanner replaces Eric Hyman, who resigned two weeks ago to become the athletic director at Southeastern Conference newcomer Texas A&M.

“This might be the biggest change for me, to put the necktie on on a regular basis,” Tanner said, looking down at his garnet and black tie.

Tanner confirmed the second worst-kept secret in town: that associate head coach Chad Holbrook officially will be named head baseball coach on Monday at an 11 a.m. news conference.

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