Tim Corbin is the greatest head coach of any sport in Vanderbilt history. Now, he's got the hardware to prove it.
Corbs added a pair of national Coach of the Year titles to a trophy case that includes a newly-earned NCAA title this week, earning top dog honors from Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball. BA's Aaron Fitt was effusive in his praise for the 12 year skipper:
Corbin has built it all the right way, and his program has made the jump from admirable to truly elite, without ever sacrificing its core values. It is a family, and that is how it will remain under Corbin.
It's all true. The only thing that Corbin has sacrificed at Hawkins Field is about 2,000 outs via #Vanderbunt. This wasn't the first time he'd been named national Coach of the Year - he won the award from CollegeBaseballInsider.com in 2007 - but it's certainly the most important and most gratifying.
The honors have been rolling in for Vanderbilt baseball over the past week. Three players were officially added to the USA Collegiate National Team, which will began international play yesterday with a 5-5 tie against Taipei. Brian Reynolds (2-5, 1 RBI, started at first base) and Dansby Swanson (pinch runner, one run scored) saw action in that contest, while Carson Fulmer will see a major role later in the series.
Reynolds and Hayden Stone also earned additional accolades, earning Freshman All-American honors from Baseball America.
It's a well deserved honor for Corbs, who is rumored to have actually cracked a grin upon hearing the news. The man isn't just Vanderbilt's baseball coach - he is Vanderbilt baseball. Now he has a little more proof to back up what Commodore fans have known all along.