CSU baseball assistant coach Charles Assey will depart Charleston for a head coaching position at Woodland High School in Dorchester, S.C., as announced by head coach Stuart Lake on Tuesday. Assey will also join the teaching staff at Woodland.
"We are sad to lose Charles," said Lake. "But we are excited for his opportunity to be a head coach. Charles has been a big part of building our program and I am sure he will have success at Woodland."
Assey spent three seasons working with the Buccaneer infielders and pitching staff. Under his tutelage, the team ERA dropped from 7.00 to 5.57 and bullpen put together a record-breaking 16 saves in 2011. In 2010, starting pitcher Tyler Thornburg earned all-conference honors after a stellar season that resulted in Thornburg becoming the third round selection of the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2010 MLB Draft. Relief pitcher Charlie McCready led the nation in ERA with a 0.24 for part the of the 2011, and would earn Big South All-Conference First Team honors under Assey's guidance in 2011. Fellow relief pitcher Ali Williams was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 2011 MLB Draft, marking Assey's second draft selection in as many seasons. Assey was instrumental in helping the Buccaneers to one of the best seasons in school history in 2011, as they reached 29 overall wins and 15 league wins for the first time since 2000.
In addition to heading the Buccaneers' recruiting efforts, Assey also spent time working with the CSU infielders. In Assey's first season with the Buccaneers, he improved CSU's fielding percentage from .955 in 2008 to .961 in 2009. Specifically within the infield, Assey helped fielding percentage improve from .937 in 2008 to .965 in 2009. Pitching coach duties will be added to Assey's duties in 2010.