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CSU head baseball coach resigns, takes job with Gamecocks

Arguably the best baseball coach in the history of Charleston Southern University is leaving. Stuart lake resigned Thursday afternoon.

Lake leaves the team for a gig with the University of South Carolina after eight seasons with the Bucs. He finishes the CSU chapter of his career as the Big South wins leader with 84 conference victories. He's also second on the CSU all-time wins list with 176 wins.

Among Lake's biggest accomplishments -- providing a shoulder and ear for outfielder Chris Singleton. Singleton's mother was one of the nine people shot and killed in Emanuel AME Church in 2015.

The Bucs announced associated head coach Adam Ward will be the team's interim head coach for the 2017 season.

"We greatly appreciate all that Coach Lake has done in leading our baseball program and wish him well in his new role at South Carolina," CSU Athletic Director Hank Small said in a press release.

Small said he look's forward to seen the team's continued development under Ward, who coached at Hanahan, Clemson and Liberty before coming to CSU.

Lake's role with the Gamecocks is off-field one. He will be the coordinator of baseball administration and director of player development He's expected to focus primarily on practice and game day needs for coaches and players. He will also play a role in scouting and statistics.

He said the timing of his decision was difficult, and he said he is grateful for the opportunity CSU provided. Prior to working for Charleston Southern Lake was an assistant coach at The Citadel. This will be Lake's second tour with the Gamecocks. He began his career in Columbia as a volunteer assistant coach working for Ray Tanner from 1999-2002.

"I am honored that Coach Holbrook and his staff and players have given me this opportunity," Lake said. "The exciting part of this opportunity is that I get to return home to a Gamecock program that I love so much. I will get to work with the coaches and players daily in one of the best baseball programs in the country. I am truly honored by this opportunity and I can't wait to go to work alongside our great staff."

The timing of Lake's decision is interesting, the team's first practice is scheduled for Friday.

March 22 should be an interesting night. That's when the Bucs are scheduled to travel to Columbia for a showdown with Lake's new team.

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