Stuart Lake begins his ninth season at the helm of his alma mater in 2017. Lake is CSU's career Big South wins leader with 84 conference wins and is second on the CSU all-time wins list with 176 wins.
A 1994 Charleston Southern alum, Lake continues to put together some of the most memorable moments and seasons in CSU history. Over the last three seasons, CSU has wins over both Clemson and South Carolina, while setting a school record with 30 D-1 wins. Lake guided the Bucs to a 30-win season in 2014. It was CSU's first winning season in 18 years.
CSU finished the 2014 season 30-26 and registered a school record 20 home wins. The Bucs rallied from a slow start to go 10-5 over their final 15 Big South games, earning a spot in the conference tournament. CSU ripped off eight straight wins from late April into early May, a stretch that included six consecutive league victories and a triumph over then-No. 6 South Carolina before a near-capacity in Columbia.
Associate Head Coach
Ward begins his sixth season with Lake and the Buccaneers and his second as Associate Head Coach. During his time at CSU, Ward has worked predominantly as the pitching coach and has helped the Bucs set numerous school records, while evolving into one of the premiere staff in the Big South Conference year-in, year-out.
For the third consecutive season, Ward and the Bucs' pitching staff were among the best in the Big South, finishing third in the conference in in Team ERA. Senior Evan Raynor was among the Big South leaders in strikeouts, innings pitched, and and opp. batting average, while sophomore Wil Hartsell emerged as one of the top closers in the conference after missing the first half of the season.
Ward saw his pitching staff put together a school record 471 strikeouts during the 2015 season, culminating in junior LHP Andrew Tomasovich being drafted in the 21st round by the Oakland A's. The Bucs finished the season 10th-nationally with 8.8 Ks per nine innings.
Hagaman, a former All-Big South selection and two-year starter for the Buccaneers, joins Lake's staff for his first season as a student assistant and will work with the outfielders and hitters.
Hagaman, a native of Pawley's Island, S.C., was a First Team All-Big South selection as a designated hitter following his junior season. He batted .326 with six home runs and 43 hits. For his career, the versatile Buc starter 108 games, batting .285 with 111 hits and 67 RBI. He also made 54 career appearances out of the bullpen, with a 5-1 career record and three saves.
He will graduate in May with a degree in Social Sciences.