Rick Pauly joined the South Carolina coaching staff in July to serve as the pitching coach after a successful stint as the head coach at Spartanburg Methodist College.
Pauly led the Pioneers to two straight NJCAA Division I World Series appearances while compiling a record of 110-54-1. The 2008 and 2009 teams under Pauly's direction captured Region X championships while also achieving a top-20 grade point average among the nation's junior colleges. The 2008 squad finished fifth at the NJCAA World Series with the 2009 group coming in ninth. The 2008 and 2009 Region X Coach of the Year had exceptional pupils during his time in Spartanburg, including 2009 freshman Lacey Dinney, who struck out 116 batters while walking just 23 in 67 innings of work. Laura Trout also stood out for SMC, as she earned NJCAA All-America honors twice. In four seasons, 14 of his players were selected to the All Region Team with four players off of last year's squad signing with four-year institutions, three at the NCAA Division I level.
"We are excited that a person with Rick's experience has agreed to join our staff," said South Carolina head coach Joyce Compton. "He brings with him the knowledge and teaching abilities that will help develop our young pitching staff."
In addition to his coaching, Pauly has been a highly successful private pitching instructor. Since moving to South Carolina in 2002, he has had eleven students pitch their high school teams to state championships and were also named as the Player of the Year in their respective high school classification. One of those pupils includes former Gamecock Kate Pouliot.
"I'm really excited about working with the talent level of the women that compete at South Carolina and in the SEC," Pauly said. "I'm also excited about the opportunity of working with a hall of fame coach like Joyce Compton. I look forward to working with our pitching staff to become one of the elite groups in the SEC and nationally once again."
Prior to moving to South Carolina, Pauly was an volunteer assistant coach in the Arizona high school ranks, coaching the pitching staffs at nationally-ranked programs at both Mountain Point and Desert Vista high schools in Phoenix.
In addition to coaching, he also played fastpitch for over 20 years at various levels, including six years with "The Farm" team from Madison, Wis., a nationally-recognized ASA Men's Major Open squad. He earned ASA All-American honors in 1988.
Pauly, a native of Wisconsin, is married to Joan, and the couple has two children, Jesse and Sarah, who serves as the pitching coach at College of Charleston.