Ohio Wesleyan, 1984
First Season at Vanderbilt
First Season Overall
Derek Johnson | Assistant Coach
Erik Bakich | Assistant Coach
Michael Holder | Assistant
After helping rebuild Clemson into a national baseball power
the past nine seasons as an assistant coach in Tigertown,
Tim Corbin moves into the role of Commodore head coach this
season and turns his attention to reconstructing similar success
Corbin was an intrinsical component of a Clemson staff that
produced more victories than all but four programs in the
nation from 1994-2002. The Tigers won more than 71 percent
(434 wins, 172 losses) of their games, captured two Atlantic
Coast Conference regular season titles, made nine appearances
in the NCAA Tournament and fought their way to the College
World Series four times (1995, 1996, 2000, and 2002) while
Corbin assisted head coach Jack Leggett. The Tigers ended
last season with their ninth consecutive top 25 finish and
their sixth top 10 finish since 1994.
Joining Clemson as an assistant coach in 1994, Corbin worked
his way up the Tiger coaching staff. Earning two promotions,
Corbin received the title of assistant head coach in 1998
before becoming the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator
in September 2001.
Along the way the organized, focused and enthusiastic understudy
earned a national reputation as one of the most respected
assistant coaches in the country. He worked intensely while
collecting nine talented recruiting classes - all of which
were recognized among the top 25 in the nation. His on-field
work developing outfielders and hitters helped 20 Clemson
players earn All-America accolades while 34 Tigers were later
drafted to play professional baseball.
Corbin's dedication and attention to detail caught the eye
of the national baseball publication Baseball America on numerous
occasions. In 1997, it touted the Clemson coaching staff as
one of the top five "College Recruiting Staffs"
in the country. It later tabbed the 1999 Tiger freshman class
as No. 1 nationally. And in 2000, Baseball America and the
American Baseball Coaches Association named Corbin its National
Coach of the Year.
A gifted evaluator of talent, Corbin is known for developing
an instant comfort level with potential recruits and has a
knack of articulating his vision for the program. But Corbin's
strengths as a coach are not limited to a role of salesman.
In fact, he has a track record of developing college players
into professional baseball prospects. Corbin often has earned
the admiration of his players spending extra time teaching
in the batting cage or hitting countless ground balls around
Among the success stories he tutored at Clemson were infielder
Khalil Greene, infielder Jeff Baker, outfielder Patrick Boyd,
outfielder Gary Burham, pitcher/infielder David Miller and
outfielder Shane Monahan. Greene earned the 2002 Dick Howser
National Baseball Player of the Year award as an All-American
shortstop. He batted .470 with 27 home runs, 97 RBI and 17
stolen bases. Drafted by San Diego in the first round, Greene
ended his career as the school's all-time leader in hits,
RBI and games played. Baker was chosen by Colorado in the
fourth round of the 2002 Draft after hitting .325 with 25
home runs and 87 RBI. Baker received 2002 third team All-America
honors from Collegiate Baseball. Boyd grabbed ACC Rookie of
the Year accolades in 1998 after posting a team-high 59 RBI.
He was drafted in the seventh round by Texas in 2001. Burham
raised his batting average from .290 as a junior to .391 as
a senior and was taken by Philadelphia in the 22nd round of
the 1997 Draft. Miller improved his
freshman numbers by more than 100 points to hit .380 with
nine homers and 78 RBI in 1995. Monahan earned All-America
honors and was drafted by Seattle in the second round of the
1995 Draft after setting the ACC and Clemson single-season
record for hits with 137.
In 2000, Southern California head coach Mike Gillespie served
as skipper of the USA Baseball team and quickly chose Corbin
as an assistant on his staff. The staff helped guide the Americans
to a gold-medal finish at the World Championships in the Netherlands,
setting a record for best winning percentage (.900).
Prior to his tenure at Clemson, Corbin served as head coach
at Presbyterian College for six seasons beginning in 1988.
Restarting a baseball program that laid dormant for several
years, Corbin directed Presbyterian College from NAIA to Division
II status, posting a 106-138 overall record. Along the way,
Corbin guided the Blue Hose to three consecutive appearances
in the South Atlantic playoffs (1991-93) while earning South
Atlantic Coach of the Year honors in 1990.
Before his time at Presbyterian College, Corbin worked one
season (1987) as an assistant coach at Wofford College in
Spartanburg, S.C. His coaching career started as a graduate
assistant coach at Ohio State where he worked two seasons,
1985-1986, while earning his Master of Arts in Athletic Administration.
Corbin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education
at Ohio Wesleyan in 1984, where he was a four-year letterman
in baseball and received All-Conference selection in 1983.
A graduate of Kingswood Regional High School, the Wolfeboro,
N.H. native was a post graduate at Kimball Union Academy.
Along with his wife Maggie the Corbins have two daughters,
Molly (18) and Hannah (14). Maggie was a three-time All-American
tennis player at The College of Charleston in 1979, 1980,
Maggie was a three-time All-American tennis player at The
College of Charleston in 1979, 1980, and 1982.
The Corbin File
Full Name: Timothy Carter Corbin
Born: 8/5/61 in Wolfeboro, N.H.
Hometown: Wolfeboro, N.H.
Family: Wife: Maggie. Maggie has two daughters, Molly (18)
and Hannah (14)
Kingswood Regional High School, 1979
Kimball Union Academy - Postgraduate, 1980
Ohio Wesleyan, B.A. in Physical Education, 1984
Ohio State University, Master of Arts in Athletic Administration,
Four-year letterman as an infielder/catcher at Ohio Wesleyan,
Graduate Assistant Coach at Ohio State, 1985-1986
Assistant Coach at Wofford, 1987
Head Coach at Presbyterian College, 1988-1993
Assistant Coach at Clemson, 1994-1998
Assistant Head Coach at Clemson, 1998-2001
Associate Head Coach at Clemson, 2001-2002
Head Coach at Vanderbilt, 2003-
Commenting on Corbin
former Clemson infielder recruited by Corbin drafted by
Colorado in fourth round of 2002 Draft
Coach Corbin is very intense and very focused. He's hard working
and is the type of person who puts all of his effort into
making each player better and helping the team win.
"He is 100 percent honest with you. He will go the extra mile to help
you get better. There are not too many coaches in the country that know more
about hitting than Coach Corbin. He will continuously work at making Vanderbilt
better and will take them to the next level.
"I give him a lot of credit for my success. He spent hours and hours with
me in the batting cage before and after practice. He took the extra effort to
make time for me. It would have been hard for me to be successful without a
dedicated coach like him. And not only is he one of the better coaches I've
had, but I consider him a great friend and some one I can turn to."
former Clemson infielder recruited by Corbin
2002 National Player of the Year
drafted by San Diego in first round (13th pick) of 2002 Draft
"Coach Corbin is one of the most dedicated people I've ever met. Whether
its working out in the weightroom with the players or recruiting, once he decides
to do something he goes full bore ahead."
"He helped me a lot with the hitting aspects of my game. He knows a lot
of the intricies of different players' swings. So anytime you go into a slump,
he knows the little things to point out and says them in a way to motivate you
and help you turn around your swing.
"I've enjoyed knowing him off the field and going to his house and hanging
out. I consider him as much a friend as any of the players
on my team. He's a great person."
Head Coach at Southern California
Head Coach of 2000 gold-medal winning USA Baseball Team where
Corbin was an assistant
"He's on my short list of best coaches I've come across. He's spectacular.
He's a young guy with knowledge beyond his years. It's vast. He's a great student
of all phases of the game. He's bright and can articulate what he knows and
believes. Plus, he has an outstanding ability in establishing a rapport with
his kids. He has a great sense of humor. Vanderbilt is very lucky to have him.
He was very happy at Clemson and in order for him to leave he would have to
come across a job that he perceived as a great opportunity."
Head Coach at Clemson
"He's got a great recruiter's mentality, leaving no stone unturned. He
has a tremendous work ethic and is the most organized person I have ever seen.
He also possesses the ability to stay focused on the task at hand. When you
combine those three things you have an outstanding recruiter. He's also very
knowledgeable able to game of baseball and did a great job working with our
hitters and outfielders the past several years at Clemson."