CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern interim head baseball coach Adam Ward has announced the addition of CSU alum Nick Chinners to the coaching staff for the 2017 season. Chinners will work primarily with the infielders, while also assisting with CSU's hitters.
Chinners finished up his playing career in 2011 after five years with CSU lining up at first base and catcher. A switch hitter in the lineup, Chinners is ranked in the all-time record books at CSU in career hits (2nd), hits in a season (3rd), career games played (3rd), career doubles (4th), Career RBI (4th), season RBI (4th), career home runs (5th), and career walks (5th). He was a two-time All-Conference member, a team captain, and a Big South Scholar-Athlete.
"We are very excited to add Nick to our coaching staff," Ward said of the addition of Chinners. "Being a CSU alumnus, he loves this program and the mission of our school. He had an outstanding playing career and his name is dotted throughout the CSU baseball record book. His knowledge of the game and experience will be extremely valuable for the development of our hitters and infielders."
Chinners joins the CSU coaching staff after serving as the Assistant Groundskeeper for the Norfolk Tides (AAA Affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles) in the 2016 season.
"I always knew when I graduated that I wanted to get into coaching," Chinners said of the opportunity. "My passion has been college coaching and CSU holds a special place for me. This is where I met some of my closest friends, my wife, and where I found my walk with the Lord. When the opportunity came, it was a no-brainer for me. My vision over the past five years has been to get back here and make an impact in people's lives like this place did in mine."
No stranger to coaching, Chinners served as the hitting/infield coach for the New Market Rebels in the Valley League in the summer of 2015.
Prior to New Market, Chinners served as an instructor and coach at the Clemson University, Charleston Southern University, and University of South Carolina baseball camps.
Chinners served as the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator at Blythewood High School from 2012-2014, while also serving as the Assistant Varsity Coach and Head JV Coach. Under his coaching, he developed six players that are in the current collegiate baseball ranks, while also leading the team to a 2013 State Championships runner-ups.
He started his coaching experience as the Assistant Varsity Coach and Head JV Coach at Woodland High School in 2011-2012 where he worked with the hitters in the program, as well as the Woodland catchers and first basemen.
Chinners graduated from Charleston Southern in 2011 with a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology.