Stuart Lake is in his fourth season as an assistant coach on Ray Tanner?s staff. Lake works with the outfielders and base runners. South Carolina had the nation?s leading base stealer in 1999 with Brian Roberts who stole a school record 67 bases.
He also serves as assistant camp coordinator for Carolina Baseball Camps and helps coordinate on campus recruiting. The last four Carolina recruiting classes were ranked 11th, 11th, 8th and 10th nationally.
As coach of the outfielders Lake has guided a group considered among the best in the nation the past two seasons. Left fielder Garris Gonce was first team All-Southeastern Conference in 2001 and center fielder Marcus McBeth was second team All-SEC. McBeth was drafted in the fourth round and signed with the Oakland Athletics. Gonce returned for his senior season in 2002.
Right fielder Brennan Dees signed with an independent league professional team in Montgomery, Ala. In 2000 left fielder Nate Janowicz was drafted and signed with the Cleveland Indians.
Lake earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education with a minor in Sociology from Charleston Southern University in 1994 and a Master of Arts in Physical Education from the University of South Carolina in 1998. He is also a graduate of the Brinkman-Froeming School for Umpires, operated by major league umpires Joe Brinkman and Bruce Froeming in Cocoa Beach, Fla.
Lake gained head coaching experience during the summer of 2000 when he managed Eadenton, N. C., in the Coastal Plains Collegiate League.
Born Stuart Daniel Lake Aug. 29, 1971 at Prosperity, SC, Lake attended and played baseball at Mid-Carolina High School. Lake also played two seasons at Charleston Southern University.
Lake spends times working and talking at coaching clinics with parents and kids about the rules of the game as well as going through standard baseball rules.
Lake entered the coaching profession as an assistant at Mid-Carolina in 1996 and was assistant coach, 1997-98, at Brookland-Cayce High School. Brookland-Cayce compiled a 56-11 record during those two seasons, won the AAA state championship in 1998 and was upper state runner-up in 1997.
Lake and the former Tracie Smith of Clover, S. C., were married Dec. 4, 1999.