USC Aiken Hires Former Gamecock
AIKEN, S.C. (SID) — The University of South Carolina Aiken, in conjunction with head baseball coach Kenny Thomas, is pleased to announce the hiring of Phil Disher as assistant coach. “I’m excited to get back home,” Disher said. “My wife is also from South Carolina, so it is great for both of us. Working at USC Aiken is a tremendous opportunity. I’m grateful to Coach Thomas for the opportunity. I’m thrilled to work with him and be a part of such a successful program.” “First of all, I want to thank Coach Jason Walck for his great work during his time at USC Aiken,” Thomas said. “I wish him well and can truly say we will continue to be life-long friends. “I’m very excited to have Phil Disher come on board with our coaching staff,” Thomas stated. “Simply said, he is a perfect fit for us. He brings to the table great experience as a player and coach and will be a tremendous asset to our program.” Disher comes to USC Aiken after spending three years at Georgetown as the hitting coach. He helped the Hoyas improve from a .255 team batting average in 2013 to a .279 mark in 2015. In his three seasons, Georgetown totaled 306 extra-base hits, including 123 in 2015. The Hoyas’ offense ranked third in the BIG EAST in 2015 in batting average and was second in the league with 23 round-trippers. Four student-athletes established career-high marks in homers in 2015. Disher mentored Georgetown’s first-ever BIG EAST Player of the Year, junior catcher Nick Collins, who batted .370 and led the conference with 78 hits, seven homers, 114 total bases and a .540 slugging percentage. Prior to his tenure at Georgetown, Disher spent two seasons at Wofford, where he worked with the hitters and catchers. Disher was selected twice in the Major League Baseball Draft, first by the San Francisco Giants in the 45th round in 2007 and then in the 15th round of the 2008 draft by the Houston Astros. During his first year of professional ball, he was tabbed the MVP of the New York-Penn League while with the Tri-City Valley Cats in Troy, N.Y. He finished playing professionally with the Astros’ organization when he was forced to retire due to an injury. Disher graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2007 with a degree in exercise science and a minor in coaching. During his four-year career with the Gamecocks, he was a two-time all-SEC performer and was a third-team All-America honoree by the NCBWA as a senior. Disher was twice named to NCAA all-region squads. He was also selected to a pair of SEC tournament teams and was named the MVP of the 2007 Virginia Regional. Disher served as the head coach of the Forest City Owls in the Coastal Plains Collegiate Summer League in 2014, leading the Owls to a first-half division championship and he was selected as the head coach of the all-star team.