Decker joins Cougars baseball coaching staff

College of Charleston head coach Monte Lee has announced that former player Kevin Decker has joined the Cougar coaching staff as a undergraduate student assistant for the 2013 season. Decker will return to Charleston after a two-year stint in the minor leagues.

Decker played for College of Charleston in the 2009 and 2010 seasons, compiling an 11-1 career record with a 5.39 ERA and 114 strikeouts against just 63 walks. In 2010, he earned Second Team All-Southern Conference honors after posting a perfect 8-0 record and 3.78 ERA, leading the Cougars to the championship game of the 2010 NCAA Myrtle Beach Regional.

“We’re excited about adding Kevin to our coaching staff for this season,” Lee said. “He will add a wealth of knowledge to our pitching staff after pitching at a high level here and with the Pirates organization.”

Originally from Washington, Ind., Decker was drafted in the 39th round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates. He pitched that summer with the State College Spikes of the New York/Penn League, and won his team’s Pitcher of the Year award after posting an 8-1 record.

In 2011, Decker played in the Single-A South Atlantic League, pitching for the West Virginia Power. That season, he registered a 3.49 ERA with 55 strikeouts, going 3-5.

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