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Ray Tanner
Title Head coach
College University of South Carolina
Sport Baseball
Team record 580-266 (.686)
Born March 25, 1958 (1958-03-25) (age 51)
Place of birth United StatesNorth Carolina Smithfield, NC
Career highlights
Overall 975-439-3 (.688)
Championships
2000 Southeastern Conference
2002 Southeastern Conference
2004 Southeastern Conference Tournament
Awards
1990 ACC Coach of the Year
1998 SEC Coach of the Year
2000 SEC Coach of the Year
2000 National Coach of the Year
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1988-1996
1997-Present
NC State
University of South Carolina

Ray Tanner (born March 25, 1958) is in his 14th season as the head baseball coach at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. His record since arriving at Carolina in 1997 is 580-266 (.686). He led Carolina to three consecutive College World Series appearances in 2002, 2003 and 2004 and coached the USA Baseball National Team during the 2003 summer. His South Carolina team has qualified for ten consecutive NCAA postseasons (the longest streak in the SEC), and is one of only two programs in the nation to appear in the Super Regionals 7 out of the past 8 years.

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Playing career

After graduating from South Johnston High School in Four Oaks, NC, Ray Tanner attended North Carolina State University, in Raleigh, NC from 1977 to 1980. He played for Sam Esposito, starting four seasons at shortstop and third base.

Coaching career

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NC State

Tanner became an assistant coach to NCSU coach Sam Esposito immediately after his playing days were over. He remained in that position from 1980-1987, when Esposito retired and Tanner was named his successor. At age 28, he was one of the youngest head coaches in the country. During his first season the Wolfpack reached the NCAA tournament, playing in the East Regional. His teams earned bids to the NCAA tournament during seven of his nine seasons as head coach at NCSU, including five straight from 1990-1994. He was named ACC Coach of the Year in 1990.

His nine year record at NC State was 395-173-3.

Team USA

Ray Tanner has a longstanding commitment to USA Baseball. He served as an assistant coach in 1993 and again in 1995 and 1996, coaching at the Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. During these stints he coached together with college baseball legends such as Skip Bertman and Ron Polk. During the summer of 2002, Tanner served as the head coach of the USA Baseball National Team, composed of some of the top college players. The team went undefeated during the regular season, including a sweep of its biggest rival, Japan. The only two losses came at the Pan American Games to Nicaragua and Cuba. The team finished the tournament as the runner-up. The win total of 27 is the highest in team history.

Personal

Tanner is married and the couple has 3 children.

Head Coaching Record

Overall Conference
Year School W L Pct W L Pct Notes
1988 NC State 45 16 .738 13 6 .684 NCAA Regional
1989 NC State 35 21 .625 10 10 .500
1990 NC State 48 20 .706 14 7 .667 NCAA Regional
1991 NC State 48 20 .706 11 10 .524 NCAA Regional
1992 NC State 46 18 .719 15 9 .625 ACC Champions, ACC Tournament Champions, NCAA Regional
1993 NC State 49 17 .742 15 7 .682 NCAA Regional
1994 NC State 46 18 .719 13 11 .542 NCAA Regional
1995 NC State 36 24 .600 14 14 .500
1996 NC State 42 19 .689 14 13 .519 NCAA Regional
1997 South Carolina 33 24 .579 13 17 .433
1998 South Carolina 44 18 .710 19 10 .655 NCAA Regional
1999 South Carolina 35 23 .603 15 15 .500
2000 South Carolina 56 10 .849 25 5 .833 SEC Champions, NCAA Regional, NCAA Super Regional
2001 South Carolina 49 20 .710 17 13 .567 NCAA Regional, NCAA Super Regional
2002 South Carolina 57 18 .760 21 8 .724 SEC Champions, NCAA Regional, NCAA Super Regional, College World Series Runner-Up
2003 South Carolina 45 22 .672 19 11 .633 NCAA Regional, NCAA Super Regional, College World Series
2004 South Carolina 53 17 .757 17 13 .567 SEC Tournament Champions, NCAA Regional, NCAA Super Regional, College World Series
2005 South Carolina 41 23 .640 16 14 .533 NCAA Regional
2006 South Carolina 41 25 .621 15 15 .500 NCAA Regional, NCAA Super Regional
2007 South Carolina 46 20 .697 17 13 .567 NCAA Regional, NCAA Super Regional
2008 South Carolina 40 23 .635 15 15 .500 NCAA Regional
2009 South Carolina 40 23 .635 17 13 .567 NCAA Regional
2010 South Carolina 12 4
NC State Totals 395 173 .696 119 87 .578 1 ACC Championship, 1 ACC Tournament Championship, 7 NCAA Regionals
South Carolina Totals 592 270 .687 226 162 .582 2 SEC Championships, 1 SEC Tournament Championship, 11 NCAA Regionals, 7 NCAA Super Regionals, 3 College World Series
Overall Totals 987 443 .690 - - - 3 Conference Championships, 2 Conference Tournament Championships, 18 NCAA Regionals, 7 NCAA Super Regionals, 3 College World Series

Achievements

  • Career Record of 975-439-3 (.688)
    • 8th among active coaches by winning percentage
    • 4th fastest active coach to reach 900 wins
    • Top 40 among active coaches by victories
    • 25th all-time by winning percentage
  • Coach of the year in 2000
  • 18 NCAA Tournament Appearances
    • 7 Super Regional appearances, including 5 consecutive appearances starting in 2000
    • 3 consecutive College World Series appearances starting in 2002
  • 2000 & 2002 SEC Championships
  • 1999, 2000, 2002, and 2003 SEC East Championships
  • 2004 SEC Tournament Title
  • Three 50-win seasons
  • Winningest college baseball coach from 2000-2004 by victories
  • Winningest college baseball coach in the SEC from 2000-2009 by victories (179-120)
  • Second winningest college baseball coach in SEC history by winning percentage, trailing only Skip Bertman of LSU
  • Seven first round draft picks at South Carolina

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