**Story by Kyle Heck/photo by Jenny Dilworth**
Chad Holbrook is a head baseball coach again in the state of South Carolina.
The former University of South Carolina coach announced he was the new head coach at College of Charleston on Thursday morning. It had been rumored Holbrook was a leading candidate for the job, and it finally became official.
Holbrook resigned from his post at South Carolina in June after five seasons. He compiled a 200-106 record, making three NCAA Tournaments and two Super Regionals in those five seasons. He was replaced by Mark Kingston, the former coach at South Florida.
"I want to thank our fans, players, coaching staff and everyone that touched Carolina baseball," Holbrook said in his resignation statement. "This will always be a special place for me and my family. Wearing that jersey, being a part of two national championships and meeting so many great people are things I will always treasure."
Holbrook released a series of tweets on social media Thursday confirming his hire and laying out his plan for the College of Charleston.
"Our goal is to create a championship program that excites both our student-athletes and fans alike," Holbrook wrote on Twitter. "That journey starts today!"
While he fell short of leading the Gamecocks back to the College World Series, Holbrook is still one of the most respected coaches in the country. He's known as an elite recruiter and now gets a second chance at being a head coach at an instate school. He could very well return to Founders Park as an opposing coach in the near future.
Holbrook is expected to be officially introduced in Charleston at 10 a.m. on Friday.