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Bucs' Ison named Big South Preseason Player of the Year

Charleston Southern centerfielder Bobby Ison has been named the 2014 Big South Preseason Player of the Year by a vote of the league's coaches, the conference announced on Tuesday.
Ison, a Goose Creek native and Stratford High School product, led the Big South in hits during his sophomore season in starting all 56 games in center for the Buccaneers. He was the national leader as the toughest player to strikeout for much of the season and finished the season ranked sixth-nationally in the category.


Stuart Lake


Head Coach

Lake enters his sixth season as the helm of his alma mater in 2014 and continues to build a program that looks to compete yearly for a Big South Championship.

In Lake's five seasons as CSU Head Coach, the program and its facilities have seen a complete overhaul.

CSU Ballpark has seen over a half-million dollars in stadium improvements. The biggest upgrade occurred last spring when CSU played its first night game in school history. The Buccaneers recorded a 1-0 win over Big South opponent - Presbyterian College. Other improvements to the Ballpark have included newly-installed season ticket seating, increased general admission seating, a new scoreboard, new major league netting on backstop and baselines, an Alumni Deck, covered and lighted batting cages, sponsor signage in the outfield, and massive playing surface enhancements and drainage.

This fall, a pavilion is being added to enhance fan experience at CSU Ballpark. Plans are already in the works to add a 3,000-square foot baseball locker room and lounge on site, as well as expanded seating for years to come.

The Buccaneers have also experienced a lot of success on the field in Lake's tenure as well. Over the last half-decade, nine Buccaneers have been drafted or signed as free agents into pro baseball.


Adam Ward


Assistant Coach

Ward begins his third season with the Bucs' program in 2014.

Ward joined the CSU family for the 2012 season from Big South foe Liberty, where he spent the past two seasons working as an assistant for the Flames. Ward also coordinated the Jim Toman Baseball Camps and field maintenance while in Lynchburg. In his first season, Ward helped guide Liberty to a school-record 42 victories and the runner-up position in the Big South Championship. Under his guidance, Flames player Curran Redal earned 2010 Big South All-Conference honors. Ward previously spent four years working with the North Charleston Dixie Youth Majors, piloting the team to state championships in 2007 and 2008 and World Series Championships in 2006 and 2009.

A former Hanahan High School standout, Ward played for Clemson University from 2007-09. He hit .375 for the Tigers in 2008 and was a two-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll. Ward graduated from Clemson in 2008 with a bachelor's of science in economics and a master's degree in economics, also from Clemson.

Jon Coutlangus


Assistant Coach

Former South Carolina standout and Cincinnati Reds' pitcher Jon Coutlangus is in his first season on the Charleston Southern staff.

Coutlangus starred for two South Carolina squads that reached the College World Series in 2002 and 2003. He would go on to play in the minors as both a position player and eventually reaching the majors with the Reds as a pitcher. He brings a wealth of experience and versatility at all levels of baseball to the Buccaneers' staff.

Coutlangus was drafted following both his junior and senior seasons at South Carolina. He joined the San Francisco Giants organization after being taken in the 19th round of the 2003 MLB Draft. He played four seasons in the Giants organization and transitioned from outfielder to pitcher in 2005.


Adam Vrable


Assistant Coach

Adam Vrable begins his first season with the Buccaneers and will serve as the Hitting Instructor and Infield Coach on Lake's staff. Vrable comes to Charleston Southern after spending two years on staff at The Citadel. He worked with The Citadel's hitters and outfielders, and made a big impact in the Bulldogs' 35-25 record during the 2013 season.

The Citadel reached the Southern Conference Tournament Championship Game on the strength of a prolific offense which ranked third in the country with 66 home runs. Under Vrable's tutelage, the Bulldogs also placed fourth nationally in slugging percentage, 12th in runs, 13th in batting average, and 19th in hits.

Vrable enjoyed an excellent playing career at Coastal Carolina, helping the Chanticleers to a pair of Big South Championships and No. 1 seeds in the 2005 and 2007 NCAA Regionals. He led Coastal with a .324 batting average during the 2006 season.

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