FLORENCE, SC ---Nearly 100 applications have been received to date for the head baseball coaching position at Francis Marion University to replace Gerald Griffin who is retiring June 30 after 28 years at the Patriot helm.
A university search committee, chaired by associate athletic director Murray Hartzler, is screening the applicants to assess their backgrounds and qualifications.
Hartzler, who will become interim athletic director upon Griffin’s retirement, said the committee hopes to bring a minimum of four finalists to campus for interviews in the next few weeks and that the selection of the new FMU baseball coach is expected by early August.
“We are excited by the overwhelming interest in the FMU position. It speaks well of our university, the athletic program, and the Peach Belt Conference that so many outstanding people are pursuing this job,” said Hartzler. “We want to move as quickly as possible to find the right person to continue the strong tradition established by Coach Griffin.”