Former Myrtle Beach Pelican to lead Darlington baseball

Billy Sylvester has been named the new head baseball coach at Darlington High.

Billy Sylvester is the new head baseball coach at Darlington High. The former pro baseball player and scout takes over the position vacated by Mike Rogers.

Sylvester has impressive credentials as both a player and coach. He played ten seasons in pro baseball. In 2000, he was an all-star relief pitcher for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, who won the Carolina League Championship. That year, Sylvester had a 3-0 record with a 0.79 ERA and 16 saves. He gave up just four earned runs that season in 32 appearances for the Pelicans.

The 36-year old Sylvester has also worked as an associate scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He's been head baseball coach at Laurence Manning Academy, Pinewood Prep and Carolina Academy. He has also served as pitching coach at Francis Marion University.

Sylvester is a graduate of Darlington High. He has a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies from Limestone College, and a degree in Education Administration from Grand Canyon University.

He will also serve as an assistant football coach at Darlington High and teach government.