Former Tampa Bay Rays closer Lance Carter, selected to the American League All-Star team in 2003, has been hired as pitching coach at the University of South Florida, Bulls coach Lelo Prado said.
Carter's hiring was announced Tuesday, on his 38th birthday. He replaces Chuck Hernandez, who left in November to become pitching coach of the Miami Marlins.
"I have no doubt that it will be a smooth transition, since Lance worked so closely with Chuck,'' said Prado, whose hitting coach, Chris Heintz, also played major-league baseball.
Carter, who attended Bradenton Manatee High and Manatee Community College, has served as pitching coach of the Williamsport Crosscutters, a Philadelphia Phillies' farm club in the Class A New York-Penn League. Before joining USF, Hernandez was a Phillies' minor-league pitching instructor and worked with Carter.
Hernandez also was the Rays' major-league pitching coach when Carter played for Tampa Bay.
Carter was a 21st-round draft pick of the Kansas City Royals in 1994. He also played for the Rays and Los Angeles Dodgers, finishing with a career 13-12 mark, 29 saves and a 4.15 ERA. In his 2003 All-Star season, Carter was 7-5 with 26 saves and a 4.33 ERA.