As host to the 2010 NCAA Regional and Super Regional tournaments, Coastal Carolina University treated thousands of fans to spectacular baseball for two consecutive weekends at BB&T Coastal Field; we are fortunate to have the owners, management and staff of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans on our team.
We are grateful to the "teal faithful" in attendance at the games, as well as fans who watched, listened to and followed a record-setting season. The success of the baseball tournaments would not have been possible without the steadfast support of the community and hundreds of volunteers, and the many donors and sponsors of Chanticleer Athletics; we thank all of you. Collectively, these groups reaffirmed that the Chanticleers are more than the team of the university in Conway - they are your team.
For 15 seasons, coach Gary Gilmore and his Chanticleers have delivered top-flight baseball that reflects both the positive energy of Coastal Carolina University and the character of a program that focuses on building young men. The 2010 team was truly exceptional on many fronts: earning a coveted national seed for the NCAA tournament, compiling the most wins in the nation, receiving seven MLB draft selections, and many other accolades, both on the field and in the classroom. The synergy and performance of this stellar team have driven unprecedented positive attention to the university, our community, and the state of South Carolina.
In baseball, as in life, success is often measured well beyond the outfield fence and long after the lights dim. Regardless of the final score this season, coach Gilmore and his staff are leading champions of character and learners of life. We look forward to many more seasons in the sun.
From here, the university will move forward with renewed strength toward reaching the College World Series in Omaha. It won't be this year, but with the momentum and excitement we have experienced in the past few weeks, there is no doubt that together we will reach the dream.
The writer is president of Coastal Carolina University.