Former South Carolina standout and Cincinnati Reds’ pitcher Jon Coutlangus is in his first season on the Charleston Southern staff.
Coutlangus starred for two South Carolina squads that reached the College World Series in 2002 and 2003. He would go on to play in the minors as both a position player and eventually reaching the majors with the Reds as a pitcher. He brings a wealth of experience and versatility at all levels of baseball to the Buccaneers’ staff.
“We are so excited to get Jon on our staff,” Lake said Thursday. “He brings so much to our program from his experience at South Carolina to his time in the majors. Given his proven versatility as a player at the highest level, every player on our team will benefit from him joining our program and can learn from him.”
Coutlangus was drafted following both his junior and senior seasons at South Carolina. He joined the San Francisco Giants organization after being taken in the 19th round of the 2003 MLB Draft. He played four seasons in the Giants organization and transitioned from outfielder to pitcher in 2005.
The left-hander worked 41.0 innings in 2007 with the Reds, going 4-2 with 38 strikeouts. He also played at the AAA level with the Louisville Bats (Reds), along with stints in Tucson and Reno in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization.
Coutlangus has worked at the prestigious Mike Murphy Baseball Academy in the Bay Area in California. He also coached the Columbia Blowfish of the Coastal Plains League to the CPL Championship in 2012. He spent last season as the head coach at Heathwood Hall in the Columbia, S.C. area.
Coutlangus graduated from South Carolina with a degree in sociology in May.