Gamecock Sports Preview 2022

It may be summer, but we are already looking forward to kicking off a new academic year with our annual Gamecock Sports Preview, presented by Founders Federal Credit Union, Thursday, August 18 from 6-8 p.m. at the Pastides Alumni Center. This members-only event includes dinner, drinks (beer and wine), and the opportunity to mingle with fellow fans.

Gamecock Sports Preview 2021 brought together nearly 300 alumni and fans to socialize and hear about what’s ahead for South Carolina athletics.


Shane Beamer | Head Coach, Gamecock Football

Shane Beamer, considered to be one of the rising stars among coaches in college football, was named the University of South Carolina’s 36th head football coach in December 2020. Beamer, 43, has been an assistant coach at seven Football Bowl Subdivision schools for 21 seasons. During his career, he has coached in 17 bowl games, including a College Football Playoff National Championship Game, has posted 18 non-losing seasons, six of those with double-digit victories and his teams have won 62.5 percent of its games.

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Ray Tanner | Athletics Director

University of South Carolina Athletics Director Ray Tanner is in his 10th year guiding the Gamecocks’ athletics programs. After a long and highly successful career as Carolina’s baseball coach, Tanner officially began his new duties on Aug. 2, 2012. On April 29, 2019, Tanner was awarded a contract extension, keeping him in the AD’s chair until 2024.

Under Tanner’s watch, Gamecock student-athletes have achieved tremendous success in intercollegiate athletic competition, in the classroom and in the community.

Gamecock student-athletes have posted a cumulative 3.0 grade point average or better in 29-consecutive semesters.  Since 2015, Gamecock student-athletes have earned more SEC Academic Honor Roll honors than any other school. The departmental GPA of 3.700 in Spring 2020 was a school record, topping the previous mark of  3.338 set in Spring 2019.

Read Coach Tanner’s full bio >


Connor Shaw | AVP and Insurance Advisor for HUB

Connor Shaw, University of South Carolina’s all-time winningest quarterback, serves as Assistant Vice President and Insurance Advisor for Hub International Limited (HUB). Prior to his role at HUB, he was Director of Football Relations for Gamecock Football. He returned to the Carolina football program in January of 2020 as Director of Player Development. In that role, he focused on the student-athlete’s career development, mental health, financial literacy and life skills, while leading the “Beyond Football” program.


Gamecock Sports Preview is for Alumni Association and Gamecock Club members only. Be sure to join the Association or renew your membership.


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