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Holbrook promotes Dorton

Posted: July 10, 2018 1:17 p.m.
Updated: July 13, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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WILL DORTON

CHARLESTON --- College of Charleston head coach Chad Holbrook has promoted former Lugoff-Elgin standout Will Dorton to assistant coach/pitching and Kevin Nichols to associate head coach/recruiting coordinator.

The moves were made official on Monday afternoon.

 “I’m excited about promoting two great coaches in our program,” Holbrook said.

 “Will Dorton did a terrific job with our pitchers this past season. Our pitching staff performed at a level consistent with the best pitching staffs in the country. Our team ERA was reflective of Will’s hard work and preparation. Our players have the utmost respect for him, and without question, he will be a successful coach for a long time.”

In 2018, CofC boasted one of the top pitching staffs in the nation and Colonial Athletic Association with a combined ERA of 3.06 (4th) behind right-hander Carter Love (1.38 ERA, 3rd) and southpaw Evan Sisk (10 victories, 10th). In addition, the Cougars finished the season ranked in the Top 15 nationally in strikeout-to-walk ratio (1st, 3.68), walks allowed per nine innings (1st, 2.32), WHIP (2nd, 1.11), shutouts (9th, 7), fielding percentage (13th, .979) and hits allowed per nine innings (15th, 7.68). The squad also equaled the single-season program record for shutouts, a mark previously set in 1994.

In just their first season at Charleston, Holbrook and his staff led the Cougars to a 36-19 overall record and 15-8 mark in Colonial Athletic Association play. The Cougars went 4-0 against SEC opponents including a series sweep of Georgia and a 9-0 shutout of South Carolina. Seven players received all-conference nods headlined by junior Dupree Hart, who was selected as CAA Defensive Player of the Year and to the All-CAA First Team. Three Cougars also signed professional Major League Baseball contracts; junior Evan Sisk with the St. Louis Cardinals, senior Luke Morgan with the Colorado Rockies and senior Carter Love with the Chicago White Sox.

“The College of Charleston is a special place and we are truly honored to be Cougars,” said Holbrook, who signed a contract extension through the 2023 season. “I am very lucky to be surrounded by great coaches, a terrific support staff, and a special group of players that love being student-athletes at The College. Our staff has high expectations both on the field and off and we are going to work awfully hard to make our fans, alumni, and especially our former players proud. I can’t wait for our players to get back on campus this fall, so we can begin preparing for a special 2019 season.”

Dorton, a CofC graduate, returned to his alma mater in the fall of 2017 following a one-year stint as the pitching coach at Florence-Darlington Technical College. In his one season there, the Stingers posted a 42-19 record and made the program’s first appearance in the NJCAA World Series. Under Dorton’s guidance, the pitching staff shaved 2.6 runs from the previous season’s ERA, while leading the nation in strikeouts per nine innings (11.27) and finishing third in shutouts (11).

Prior to his stint at Florence-Darlington, Dorton spent one season as the pitching coach at Hanahan High School in and one as the pitching coach at Blythewood High School. Dorton began his coaching career in 2014 as the pitching coach for the Kershaw County American Legion Post 17 squad which advanced to the state tournament in Sumter under head coach Craig Smith. Dorton was promoted to head coach in 2015 after Smith stepped down from the post. In his two seasons with the 17ers as an assistant and then, head coach, the 17ers won 52 games and made the program’s first-ever appearance in the state tournament.

Before committing to the Cougars, Horton was a four-year letterman in both baseball and football at Lugoff-Elgin High School, where, as a junior, he helped lead his team to a baseball state championship in 2010. He was drafted in the 15th round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Cincinnati Reds. Following his commitment to CofC, Dorton was named the Southern Conference Top Incoming Freshman by Baseball America.

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