Mark Kingston was named the sixth head coach in USF baseball program history on June 4, 2014.
A two-time Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year honoree, Kingston comes to USF with a long track record as a top-level recruiter and a producer of offensively explosive teams. He spent the previous five seasons as the head coach at Illinois State University, where he led the Redbirds to two MVC regular season championships, one conference tournament title and twice broke the program's season wins record. He won more than 30 games in each of his five seasons at ISU, a program-record string that included a season-record 39 wins in 2013, reached the MVC tournament championship game three times and compiled an overall record of 173-102 (62.9%).
Kingston has helped lead nine teams to NCAA Tournament berths as an assistant and head coach - with four of those teams appearing in the NCAA Super Regionals, two participating in the College World Series and one winning a national championship. As a player at the University of North Carolina, Kingston was part of the 1989 Tar Heels squad that won an Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title and advanced to the College World Series. He also helped UNC win the ACC Tournament and advance to NCAA Regionals in 1990.
Mike Current joined the USF baseball coaching staff in June 2014 and will be entering his first season as an assistant coach where he will serve as the program's recruiting coordinator, hitting coach and work with the outfielders.
Current arrived at USF after playing a major role in the transformation of the Illinois State University program during his nine years in Normal. Over his final five seasons, ISU racked up 173 wins and picked up a pair of Missouri Valley Conference regular season championships, an MVC tournament title and twice set the program's wins record.
During that span, the Redbird offense continually ranked among the best in college baseball. Illinois State hitters led the MVC in runs scored and OPS three times in his final four seasons. 19 Redbird position players earned All-MVC honors and 10 were named first team all-conference, both were more than any other MVC team over that time period.
Bill Mohl, who joined the USF baseball coaching staff in June 2014, will be entering his first season as an assistant coach where his main responsibilities will be to work with the pitching staff.
Mohl comes to USF after five seasons with head baseball coach Mark Kingston at Illinois State where the pitching staff saw dramatic improvements under his tutelage. During his five years in Normal, the Redbirds posted a 4.02 ERA striking out 2,019 batters while walking just 1,053 over 2,390.1 innings. In the five years prior to Mohl's arrival, Illinois State's pitching staff had an ERA of 5.50 with 1,512 strikeouts and 929 walks in 2,222 innings.
The team results have also paid dividends on the individual side as 15 Redbird pitchers received All-Missouri Valley Conference honors including the weekend rotation and closer for the 2014 squad. Jeremy Rhoades (4th round), Brock Stewart (6th round), Dylan Craig (12th round) and Dan Savas (19th round) were also taken in the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft while Joe Claver signed a free agent deal with the Toronto Blue Jays. Those five pitchers along with the rest of the Illinois State pitching staff lead the country in strikeouts per nine innings with 9.4 this season.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Chris Cates joined the USF baseball coaching staff in August 2014 and will be entering his first season as an assistant coach where he will coach infielders, assist with hitters and coach third base during games. Off the field, he will assist with campus recruiting administration and camps.
Cates comes from the University of Tampa where he worked with infielders, base running and bunting as an assistant coach for the 2014 season. While at Tampa, the team recorded a program-high fielding percentage of .971, while stealing 82 bases in 96 attempts and recording only 63 errors, the fifth lowest amount in school history.
Prior to his coaching stint at Tampa, Cates was an assistant at Florida State University for the 2013 season. His primary responsibilities at FSU were in the development of the outfielders while serving as the first base coach.