Aug. 13, 2008
Tennessee head baseball coach Todd Raleigh announced Wednesday that Mike Corn has been hired as director of baseball operations. Corn replaces Alan Beck, who held that title at UT for one year before being hired as an assistant coach at Western Carolina University earlier this summer.
Corn's primary responsibilities at Tennessee include managing all baseball camps, oversight of student managers, serving as an academic liaison to the Thornton Athletics Student Life Center and assistance with on-campus recruiting.
In addition to having played and coached at the collegiate level, the Erwin, Tenn., native also boasts an extensive familiarity with the college and prep baseball landscape throughout the Southeast.
"Mike fits in perfectly with what this program is all about," Raleigh said. "I've seen his work ethic first-hand. He has strong baseball ties to the local area and the region. Our program will benefit from everything he has to offer."
Prior to joining Raleigh's staff at Tennessee, Corn spent the previous nine seasons as an assistant coach at Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tenn. He mentored the Pioneers infielders while also assisting with the outfielders and monitoring the team's academic progress.
Corn acted as head coach of Tusculum's junior-varsity baseball team during his last seven seasons there, and he also held the title of recruiting coordinator during his final two years with the Pioneers.
His nine-year tenure at Tusculum saw the program post eight consecutive winning seasons, four straight 40-win campaigns, three South Atlantic Conference championships, two SAC Tournament titles and four trips to the NCAA Division II Tournament. In all, the Pioneers posted a remarkable 301-156-1 run during Corn's time on staff.
In Corn's last four seasons in Greeneville, the Pioneers went 175-60-1. Tusculum turned in a sterling 50-14 record in 2007. The 50 wins remain a school and conference record and included a record 23-game win streak. The Pioneers finished the 2007 season ranked 18th nationally and were one of only seven teams in the nation with 50 wins.
Corn's time at Tusculum saw the program produce seven All-Americas, 13 All-Region honorees and 41 All-Conference selections. Included among that list are three South Atlantic Conference Players of the Year, two SAC Pitchers of the Year, two SAC Freshmen of the Year and one SAC Male Athlete of the Year. Additionally, 32 Pioneers garnered SAC All-Tournament distinction, including a pair who garnered MVP honors.
Under Corn's tutelage, the Pioneers built a reputation for producing some of the top-fielding defenses in NCAA Division II. In fact, Tusculum posted the top team fielding percentage in the South Atlantic Conference in five of his nine seasons with the program.
Corn's baseball instructional experience also includes time as a staffer at various summer camps and clinics--including nearly a decade of experience on staff during UT's summer baseball camps.
After a decorated prep career, during which he led Unicoi County High School to back-to-back TSSAA Class-AA state championships (1991-92)--while also garnering All-Upper East Tennessee and All-State acclaim--Corn began his collegiate playing career at Columbia (Tenn.) State Community College in 1994. He later transferred to Northeast State Community College in Bluff City, S.C., where he earned his Associate's Degree in 1996.
He completed his collegiate eligibility as an infielder at Coker College in Hartsville, S.C. During his playing career at Coker, the Cobras were a 1997 Team America Selection, and the squad also captured the Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference crown in 1998. After batting .302 as a junior at Coker in 1997, Corn hit .375 in 1998.
He received his Bachelor's degree in Fitness programming from Coker in 1998.