COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The Gamecocks' two-time national champion baseball coach Ray Tanner will be South Carolina's next athletic director, said a person familiar with the move.
Tanner is expected to be introduced Friday, the person told the Associated Press Thursday on condition of anonymity because the school has not publicly announced the hire.
Tanner replaces Eric Hyman, who resigned two weeks ago to become athletic director at Texas A&M.
Tanner brought the school its first men's national team titles in any sport when the Gamecocks won the College World Series in 2010 and 2011. South Carolina reached the CWS again last month, finishing runner-up to Arizona in the championship series.
Tanner's top assistant, Chad Holbrook, is expected to take over as South Carolina baseball coach.
Tanner has long considered athletic administration as his next step and was interested in the athletic director's position in 2005 when Hyman was hired. Tanner had been an assistant athletic director at North Carolina State and quickly became the popular choice among fans after Hyman's resignation.