Holbrook Crosses Border For Good Cause


By Sports Department

(WOLO) -- New Gamecock head baseball coach Chad Holbrook crossed the Carolina border Thursday night for a good cause.

Holbrook returned to his alma mater North Carolina to help raise awareness to beat pediatric cancer.

Over the summer, at the 6th annual Reece Holbrook Sports Auction, Holbrook gave the highest bid for a chance to sit on UNC basketball's bench during a game. Tar Heel head basketball coach Roy Williams returned the favor and paid for the chance to sit in the Gamecocks dugout this spring.

"Had a great great time watching friend coach tonight," Holbrook said on Twitter Thursday night. "Thankful that he would give me all access. Learned a lot and it was 4 a great cause."

North Carolina lost to Miami, 68-59.

Chad's son, 10-year-old Reece, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia on September 7, 2004. After seeing Reece battle through cancer, the family set up the Reece Holbrook Win Anyway Foundation.

As of last summer, the foundation had raised nearly $900,000 to benefit the Pediatric Oncology Department at UNC Children's Hospital.

Chad Holbrook was an assistant baseball coach at North Carolina for 15 seasons before coming to South Carolina in the summer of 2008.

After four years as the Gamecock associate head coach, Holbrook was named Ray Tanner's successor on July 16, 2012.

Holbrook played at UNC from 1990-93. He was a second team All-ACC selection as a senior, with a .353 batting average.

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