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Dorton named CofC pitching coach

L-E grads returns to college alma mater

Posted: August 7, 2017 3:01 p.m.
Updated: August 8, 2017 1:00 a.m.
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WILL DORTON

Former Lugoff-Elgin pitcher and past Kershaw County Post 17 American Legion head baseball coach Will Dorton was officially introduced as the new pitching coach at his alma mater, the College of Charleston, last Friday.

The announcement was made by incoming Couagars’ head baseball coach Chad Holbrook who completed his coaching staff on Friday with the additions of Dorton along with former Erskine College head coach Kevin Nichols as assistant head coach/hitting and former Liberty University head coach Jim Toman as assistant head coach/recruiting.

“I’m so excited about the addition of Kevin, Jim and Will,” Holbrook said. “Our staff has a wealth of experience, knowledge and recruiting contacts within the state of South Carolina.”

Dorton returns to the College of Charleston following a one-year stint as the pitching coach at Florence-Darlington Technical College in Florence, this past season. 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).

“I believe Will Dorton is an up-and-coming superstar in our profession,” Holbrook said. “He’s a tireless worker, extremely knowledgeable and very organized. He’s been a winner his whole life. He will bring energy, toughness and the experience of being a baseball player at the College of Charleston. He’s a great addition to our program.”

Prior to his stint at Florence-Darlington, Dorton spent one season as the pitching coach at Hanahan High School and one as the pitching coach at Blythewood High School. Dorton began his coaching career in 2014 as Craig Smith’s pitching coach with the Kershaw County American Legion Post 17 baseball team. After one season, he was promoted to head coach. In his two seasons, Post 17 won 52 games and made the program’s first appearance in the state tournament in 2014. In his one year as head coach, the 17ers advanced to the second round of the American Legion state playoffs.

Dorton was a four-year letterman in both baseball and football at L-E, playing for head coaches Scott Jones and Randy Stokes, respectively. As a junior,  the right-handed pitcher helped Stokes’ Demons to the AAA state baseball championship. A year later, Dorton 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.

Dorton graduated from the College of Charleston with a bachelor’s degree in middle grades education. 

 

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