Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Philip Tobin, Chris Harper and Daniel Willett have been named assistant baseball coaches at Summerville High School, head coach Banks Faulkner announced July 2.
“I couldn’t be more excited about adding these three coaches to our staff,” Faulkner said. “They will all have a big impact on our program and they all bring different things to the table.”
Tobin joins the staff after serving as head coach at Pinewood Prep the past four seasons. He led the Panthers to the SCISA AAA state championship in 2012 and earned Region 3 Coach of the Year honors after leading Pinewood Prep to region titles in 2012 and 2014. In 2012, he was named the SCISA Statewide Coach of the Year by the S.C. High School Sports Report and earned the Lowcountry Coach of the Year award from the Charleston Post and Courier/Charleston RiverDogs.
Tobin, who prepped at Stall High School, was a member of The Citadel’s 1990 College World Series team while earning four letters from 1988 to 1991. He helped the Bulldogs to three Southern Conference titles (1990 regular season and tournament championships and the 1991 regular season crown).
“Phil Tobin has been an extremely successful head coach and also played on some of the best teams in the history of The Citadel,” Faulkner said. “Our philosophies are very similar. He’s big on fundamentals and playing the game the right way. He is also someone I can lean on and share ideas with. We are really fortunate to have him with us.”
Harper, who played at Newberry College (2010-13), joins the Green Wave staff after serving as an assistant varsity coach last season at Brookland-Cayce, where he worked with hitters and catchers.
As a player, Harper helped Lexington High School to Region 5-AAAA titles in 2008 and 2009. As a senior he hit .400 with 12 doubles and played in the North-South High School All-Star game and earned all-state honors from the S.C. High School Sports Report.
“Chris Harper is one of the brightest young coaches I have been around,” Faulkner said. “He is just full of energy and loves to teach the game. He has a passion for baseball that I love. He is someone as a young coach who will be able to relate to our players because of his experiences. Chris has a bright future ahead of him.”
Willett was a standout pitcher at Wando High School, where he played for coach Faulkner in 2011. As a senior in 2012, Willett posted a 5-2 record and a 0.88 ERA and was named all-region.
“Daniel Willett played for me and impressed me working our camps with his ability to relate to young people,” Faulkner said. “I feel like he is going to be an outstanding coach. He will work with the younger pitchers in our program and will really help in their development.”