New USF pitching coach: Ex-Rays closer Lance Carter
Weeks after pitching coach Chuck Hernandez left USF to return to the major leagues as the Marlins' pitching coach, USF's Lelo Prado announced the hiring of one of his former pitchers as his successor: former Rays All-Star closer Lance Carter.
Carter, 38, comes to the Bulls after working as a pitching coach for the Williamsport Crosscutters, a Class A affiliate in the Philadelphia Phillies' minor-league system. He played parts of six seasons in the majors, with his best years coming for the Rays, including 26 saves in 2003 and a 3.47 ERA in 56 appearances in 2004.
"I now have two assistant coaches who played major-league ball," Prado said in a statement, referencing hitting coach and former Bulls standout Chris Heintz. "I feel that experience will help prepare our players to move on to the next level of their baseball career. ... I have no doubt that it will be a smooth transition, since Lance worked so closely with Chuck."
Before his success in the majors, Carter played at Bradenton Manatee, where he was a classmate of new USF head football coach Willie Taggart.