Every year, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management (PRTM) at NCSU honors an Outstanding Alumnus. This award is presented annually to an individual who has earned at least a B.S. degree from the department; has been a practicing professional for at least ten years; has made a recognized contribution to the advancement of parks, recreation, tourism, sport, or golf profession on a local, state, or national level; has demonstrated service to his or her community; and has recognized contributions and accomplishments related to his or her current or previous position.
We are excited to recognize Ray Tanner as the 2013 Outstanding Alumnus.
Ray Tanner, the 2013 PRTM Outstanding Alumnus, was named athletic director at the University of South Carolina in July of 2012. His impressive 25 year career as a collegiate head baseball coach began at NC State in 1987. He became one of the youngest head baseball coaches in the nation.
Tanner was a four-year starter at shortstop and third base for the Wolfpack and his senior year he earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors. He has a bachelor of science in recreation administration (1980) and a master’s of public affairs, public administration (1983) from NC State.
During his career at NC State, he took the wolfpack to seven postseason tournaments, he was the 1990 Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year and, in 1993 was named the Atlantic Region Coach of the Year.
Tanner went on to become the head baseball coach at the University of South Carolina in 1996, where he was named National Coach of the Year three times and Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year. He led the gamecocks to win two NCAA Division I Baseball Championships, a pair of national runner-up finishes, six College World Series appearances, three SEC championships, six SEC Eastern division titles, an SEC tournament crown and 13 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances.
In the summer of 1993, Tanner began his affiliation with USA Baseball as an assistant coach for the national team. He was an assistant coach with the 1995 and 1996 USA teams that culminated in a bronze medal win at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Ga. Tanner served as an auxiliary coach for the 2000 Olympic Team that won a gold medal at the XXVII Olympiad in Sydney, Australia. He was named the U.S. National Coach of the Year in 2003 as head coach for the USA National Baseball Team which had the best record for a U.S. National Team (.931 winning percentage) and won a silver medal at the 2003 Pan American Games.
Tanner has also found time to give back to the community through the Ray Tanner Foundation, an organization founded with his wife Karen to support organizations who care for seriously ill children, the homeless and other charitable causes.
The department is proud to recognize Ray Tanner as the 2013 Outstanding Alumnus.
Information courtesy of South Carolina University website.