Owning Omaha: Ray Tanner on the journey to the top
Ray Tanner is a three-time National Coach of the Year and Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year. He completed his 15th season as head coach at the University of South Carolina in 2011 when the Gamecocks became the ninth repeat champion in College World Series History. South Carolina was the first team in history to go an unblemished 10-0 in NCAA Tournament play. Inside Pitch recently caught up with Tanner to discuss fundamentals, family, and fandom.
Inside Pitch: Was it always a goal of yours to have a career coaching college baseball?
Ray Tanner: I really didn’t have any goals set going into my first coaching position. Like a lot of younger players, I’d had aspirations of playing at the next level, but when I realized I may have not had the tools to be really successful at the professional level, I began to think about the possibility of coaching, and it turned out to be a really great fit for me. As much as I loved to play, when I got into coaching, I knew that I had found a true passion. Continue reading