Calvi named head coach
in-waiting at South Alabama
Mark Calvi, pitching coach at South Carolina, has
taken the head coach in-waiting position at South Alabama.
Calvi will serve as associate head coach for the
upcoming season under retiring head coach Steve Kittrell and
will lead the Jaguars at the conclusion of the 2011 campaign.
Calvi helped the Gamecocks win the 2010 national
championship. The USC pitching staff recorded a 2.15 ERA at the
College World Series. For the season, the Gamecocks ranked
seventh in the nation with a 3.45 ERA. USC allowed 220 walks and
registered 625 strikeouts. The Gamecocks were sixth in the
country with 8.9 strikeouts per nine innings.
Prior to his six-year stint at South Carolina,
Calvi was pitching coach at FIU for 11 seasons. The Panthers
reached the NCAA Tournament seven times, winning a regional
title in 2001. The FIU pitching staff was in the Top 10 in the
nation in ERA five times, including No. 1 in 1995 (2.40) and
1999 (3.07). The Panthers led the country in strikeouts in 1998
A native of Marco Island, Fla., Calvi was a
three-year letter-winner at Nova Southeastern as a catcher. He
earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education. Calvi signed
with the Seattle Mariners in 1992 and helped his team win the
Northwest League title that season. He worked as a scout for the
Mariners the following year.
The Jaguars were 32-27 in 2010 and tied for
fourth in the Sun Belt with a 17-13 conference mark.