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Oct. 24, 2008

Columbia, S.C. –

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The Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees at the University of South Carolina has approved a one-year contract extension for head baseball coach Ray Tanner. The contract extension keeps Tanner under contract through the end of the 2013 season. Coach Tanner is in his 13th year as head coach for the Gamecock baseball program.

“With Coach Tanner and the facilities we have, that’s a recipe for tremendous success,” said athletics director Eric Hyman. “I’m appreciative of the Board of Trustees for extending Ray’s contract.”

In his first 12 seasons at the helm of the Gamecock baseball program, Tanner has compiled one of the top records in all of college baseball with a 540-243 (.690) mark with the Garnet & Black. His. .690 winning percentage is second highest in SEC history behind legendary LSU coach Skip Bertman and highest among all active SEC coaches. In addition, his .584 winning percentage (209-149 record) in SEC league games is best among active SEC coaches as well.

“I am honored to be the baseball coach at the University of South Carolina,” said Ray Tanner. “I am grateful to the Board of Trustees extending my contract. The commitment to our baseball program is unsurpassed, from Dr. Pastides to Eric Hyman to our dedicated and loyal Gamecock fans. I’m extremely happy to be here and I look forward to opening our new stadium as we continue our quest to compete for championships and to return to Omaha and the College World Series. “

Under Tanner’s leadership, South Carolina has appeared in nine straight NCAA Regionals, the longest current consecutive streak among the 12 SEC schools. He also has led the Gamecocks to seven NCAA Super Regionals in the past nine years, making Carolina one of only five schools in the country since 2000 to accomplish the feat. Tanner and the Gamecocks have made three trips to the College World Series (2002, 2003, 2004) in that time frame in addition to two SEC Championships (2000, 2002) and the school’s first SEC Tournament title (2004). Included in those journeys to Omaha was a national runner-up finish in 2002. Over the past nine years the Gamecocks own a 428-178 record, the fifth highest win total in Division I Baseball as well as an SEC-best 162-107 mark in conference match-ups.

Tanner’s last nine teams have also featured 19 All-America performers including 2008 consensus first-team All-America first baseman Justin Smoak and shortstop Reese Havens.

South Carolina recorded its ninth consecutive 40-plus win season in 2008 and earned a trip to the postseason and the NCAA Raleigh Regional, where the Gamecocks finished in second place. The 2008 squad featured Smoak and Havens, who along with All-America honors, were selected in the first round of the MLB Draft. Smoak was the 11th overall pick to the Texas Rangers with Havens drafted 22nd overall to the New York Mets. The Gamecocks finished with seven players drafted. Smoak and Havens also earned All-SEC accolades along with third baseman James Darnell and designated hitter Phil Disher. Smoak was a first-team choice with Darnell, Disher and Havens named to the second-team.

Tanner has mentored many young players including several that have moved on to Major League Baseball and occupy spots on the 25-man rosters of numerous clubs. Among this group is a pair of infielders, Adam Everett (1997-98) and Brian Buscher (2002-03), who both were teammates on the Minnesota Twins for the 2008 season. Former infielder Brian Roberts (1999) has been a part of the Baltimore Orioles organization since being drafted in the 1999 supplemental first round and has seen Major League action in the last seven years, twice earning American League All-Star recognition. Also competing in the MLB this season were former infielder Steve Pearce (2004-05) in his second season with the Pittsburgh Pirates as well as former pitcher Billy Buckner (2004), who also had his second season in the bigs, this year seeing action with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Coach Tanner just entered his 22nd season in coaching in college baseball and owns an overall record of 935-416-3 with 17 appearances in the NCAA Tournament as a head coach at NC State and South Carolina.

SOUTH CAROLINA HEAD COACH Ray TannerYear    School              W   L   T   Pct.    POSTSEASON1988    NC State        45  16  0   .738    NCAA East Regional1989    NC State        35  21  2   .621    ACC Tournament1990    NC State        48  20  0   .706    NCAA Atlantic Regional1991    NC State        48  20  0   .706    NCAA East Regional1992    NC State        46  18  0   .715    NCAA Atlantic Regional1993    NC State        49  17  0   .742    NCAA Midwest Regional1994    NC State        46  18  1   .715    NCAA Mideast Regional1995    NC State        36  24  0   .600    ACC Tournament1996    NC State        42  19  0   .689    NCAA Atlantic Regional1997    South Carolina      33  24  0   .579    SEC Tournament1998    South Carolina      44  18  0   .710    NCAA Atlantic Regional1999    South Carolina      35  23  0   .603    SEC Tournament2000    South Carolina      56  10  0   .848    NCAA Super Regional2001    South Carolina      49  20  0   .710    NCAA Super Regional2002    South Carolina      57  18  0   .760    NCAA College World Series2003    South Carolina      45  22  0   .672    NCAA College World Series2004    South Carolina      53  17  0   .757    NCAA College World Series2005    South Carolina      41  23  0   .640    NCAA Regional2006    South Carolina      41  25  0   .621    NCAA Super Regional2007    South Carolina      46  20  0   .697    NCAA Super Regional2008    South Carolina      40  23  0   .635    NCAA RegionalTOTAL                   935 416 3   .692    OVERALL (21 years)                    540 243 0   .690    SOUTH CAROLINA (12 years)
NCAA Regional Appearances From 2000-08 In The SEC1. South Carolina 9 2000-01-02-03-04-05-06-07-082. Arkansas 7 2002-03-04-05-06-07-08 Florida 7 2000-01-02-03-04-05-08 LSU 7 2000-01-02-03-04-05-08 Ole Miss 7 2001-03-04-05-06-07-08 Mississippi St. 7 2000-01-03-04-05-06-077. Alabama 6 2000-02-03-05-06-088. Auburn 5 2000-01-02-03-05 Georgia 5 2001-02-04-06-0810. Vanderbilt 4 2004-06-07-0811. Tennessee 3 2001-04-0512. Kentucky 2 2006-08
South Carolina is one of eight NCAA Division I schools to reach the NCAA Regionals in each of the last nine seasons (2000-08)Arizona StateCal State FullertonFlorida StateMiami (Fla.)Oral RobertsRiceSouth CarolinaTexas
INSIDE THE NUMBERSRay Tanner In The SECActive Head Coaches by Winning Percentage - Overall Games
No. Coach (Years at School) SEC Record Winning Pct.1. Ray Tanner (SC - 1997-present) 540-223 .6902. Jim Wells (ALA - 1995-present) 589-300 .6633. Tim Corbin (VU - 2003-present) 239-130 .6484. Mike Bianco (UM - 2001-present) 321-183-1 .637 Dave Van Horn (ARK 2003-present) 235-134 .6376. Paul Mainieri (LSU 2007-present) 78-45-2 .6327. John Cohen (UK - 2004-2008) 175-113-1 .607 (MSU - 2009-present)8. Kevin O'Sullivan (FLA 2008-present) 34-24 .5869. David Perno (GA- 2002-present) 251-184-1 .57710. Todd Raleigh (UT - 2008-present) 27-29 .48211. Gary Henderson (UK 2009-present) 0-0 .000 John Pawlowski (AUB 2009-present) 0-0 .000
INSIDE THE NUMBERSRay Tanner In The SECActive Head Coaches by Winning Percentage - SEC Games
No. Coach (Years at School) SEC Record Winning Pct.1. Ray Tanner (SC - 1997-present) 209-149 .5842. Jim Wells (ALA - 1995-present) 241-176 .578 Dave Van Horn (ARK 2003-present) 96-73 .5688. Kevin O'Sullivan (FLA 2008-present) 17-13 .5674. Mike Bianco (UM - 2001-present) 132-108 .5503. Tim Corbin (VU - 2003-present) 96-83 .536 Paul Mainieri (LSU 2007-present) 30-28-2 .5179. David Perno (GA- 2002-present) 105-103-1 .5057. John Cohen (UK - 2004-2008) 63-85-1 .426 (MSU - 2009-present)10. Todd Raleigh (UT - 2008-present) 12-18 .40011. Gary Henderson (UK 2009-present) 0-0 .000 John Pawlowski (AUB 2009-present) 0-0 .000
Note - does not include SEC tournament games or NCAA postseason contests.
Only includes coaching records at SEC institutions and not coaching records at other Division I baseball schools.