Winthrop hires Clemson assistant as baseball coach

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on July 30, 2010 at 3:57 PM

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) -- Winthrop has hired Clemson assistant Tom Riginos as its head baseball coach.

The school announced the hiring Friday. Riginos replaces Joe Hudak, who was let go after 19 seasons with the Eagles.

Riginos spent the past eight seasons working for the Tigers and coach Jack Leggett. Riginos served as associate head coach and the program's recruiting coordinator. He worked with Tiger hitters and outfielders and was part of two Clemson teams that advanced to the College World Series in 2006 and this past spring.

Winthrop athletic director Tom Hickman said he thinks Riginos will have success attracting topflight athletes to the Eagles.

This will be the first head-coaching job for Riginos. The Eagles were 27-30 overall and 13-14 in the Big South Conference this past season.

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