Interim Head Coach

Michael Holder is in his fifth year at USC Aiken and was promoted to Interim Head Baseball Coach on Apr. 26, 2021. 

He has over 15 years of coaching experience at the NCAA Division I and II levels.

In 2019, Holder coached All-American Conner Durden and his team led the PBC in on-base percentage.

During the 2018 season, Holder helped the squad bat 44 points higher than the opposition while placing three position players on the all-conference team.  

Holder spent the previous six years as an assistant coach for the University of North Georgia. Last year, Holder helped guide the Nighthawks to a World Series berth. He helped the squad post at least 30 wins the last three seasons, including the 46-12 campaign in 2017. 

Prior to his time at North Georgia, Holder spent eight seasons as an assistant coach for the USC Aiken baseball program, serving the last two as pitching coach for the Pacers. Under his direction, the pitching staff posted a 3.57 earned run average in 2012 and led the Pacers to a 38-win season while earning a top-20 ranking in the final Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Division II national poll.

As a hitting instructor in his early seasons at USC Aiken, Holder helped the Pacers to a school-record 47 wins in 2008 and the PBC regular season championship in 2009. The Pacers broke numerous school hitting records in 2009 with Southeast Region Player of the Year and All-American Travis Howard leading the nation in RBI's with 103, which also tied a Division II national record. 

Prior to his stint at USC Aiken, Holder spent three seasons as a volunteer assistant at Vanderbilt University. During his tenure in Nashville, Tennessee, Holder mentored the Commodore catchers and oversaw field preparations at Hawkins Field. 

In the summer of 2003, Holder served as an assistant coach for the Cotuit Kettleers of the prestigious Cape Cod League. 

The Evans, Ga., native is a 2001 graduate of Augusta State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education. As a player, he was a four-year letterwinner as a catcher at Georgia Southern University from 1995-1999. 

Holder and his wife Stephanie have one daughter, Lily.  


Assistant Coach

Tyler Miller is in his first year as an assistant baseball coach at USC Aiken.

His duties include working with infielders, hitters and serving as the recruiting coordinator.

Miller began his coaching career as an assistant at Carson-Newman. There, he coached the outfielders and assisted with the offense.

Prior to his arrival at USC Aiken, Miller returned to his home state and was the assistant at USC Sumter during the 2021 campaign. He helped the Fire Ants to a 32-24 ledger and a third-place finish in the Region 10 Tournament. Miller guided the squad to a .305 batting average and a .400 on-base percentage.

As a student-athlete, Miller attended Anderson University and was a two-time honorable mention all-SAC shortstop. As a senior, he added a Gold Glove to his accolades. During his senior season, Miller tallied 144 assists and finished the year with a .939 fielding percentage. Offensively, Miller ranks in the top 10 of five different categories at Anderson including hits, walks, hit by pitches, at bats and runs scored.

Miller hails from a family of collegiate coaches. His grandfather, the late Clyde Miller, amassed 835 victories as a head coach that finished his career at Gardner-Webb. His father, Joe, spent 23 years as the head coach at Anderson University.


Assistant Coach

Jason Richman is in his first year as an assistant baseball coach at USC Aiken.

Richman comes to USC Aiken after serving as a coach on the Georgia Southern staff from 2019-2021. There, he worked with the pitching coach and served as the bullpen coach on gamedays.

Richman also handled the budget, booked hotels, planned meals, managed nutrition, planned team events and coordinated transportation.

Richman played for Georgia Southern. In 2014, he was tabbed the Southern Conference Tournament Most Outstanding Player. That same year, he was the Tom Walter/Pete Frates College Baseball Inspiration Award Winner. Richman also led the NCAA in appearances with 47 in 60 games.

In 2015, he picked up NCAA Pitcher of the Week accolades. After the season, Richman was an 18th-round draft pick from the Texas Rangers. He worked his way up to AAA with the Rangers and Dodgers.

Richman has worked with five players who have been drafted or signed professional contracts, including Seth Shuman, Joe Nahas, Nick Jones, Jordan Jackson and Jon Edwards.

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