COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Former South Carolina pitching coach Jerry Meyers is back in the athletic department as assistant director of athletics development.

Athletic director Ray Tanner, Meyers former boss on the baseball staff, announced the hiring Friday.

Meyers had spent 16 years on the Gamecocks staff in two separate stints. In his last one, Meyers led the pitchers in 2011 on the way to South Carolina's second straight College World Series.

He took a medical leave of absence from his position last November when it was announced if he had come back, it would not be in his former job.

The Gamecocks and first-year coach Mark Kingston hired former Michigan State pitching coach Skylar Meade to take over for Meyers this season.