Evan Raynor enters his first season as pitching coach with the Patriots.
A native of Florence and a graduate of West Florence High School, Raynor began his collegiate playing career with Florence-Darlington Technical College. His first season he set the season record for lowest earned run average finishing the year by allowing no earned runs in 23 innings pitched. In his second year at FDTC, he was voted second-team All-Region X as a starting pitcher going 7-3 with a 3.00 ERA.
After leaving FDTC, Raynor moved on to Charleston Southern University, where he earned the role of Friday night starter by the end of his junior year. He logged 83.2 innings with 77 strikeouts while posting a team-best two complete games and finishing with a 3.01 ERA. He ranked in the top 10 in ERA and strikeouts in the Big South Conference. Entering his senior campaign, Raynor was named to the preseason All-Big South team. He finished the 2016 season with 78 innings pitched, 77 strikeouts, and a 3.23 ERA while opponents batted only .221 against him. He ranked in the top 8 in the Big South in innings pitched, opponents batting average, and strikeouts following his senior season.
Later in 2016, he signed a contract with the Lake Erie Crushers of the Frontier League. The following year (2017), he inked with the Schaumburg Boomers, also in the Frontier League.
During his collegiate playing career, he also pitched for the Columbia Blowfish in the Coastal Plain League (summer ball).
Raynor earned a Bachelor’s in Arts degree in communication with a minor is psychology from Charleston Southern.