Vanderbilt's Tim Corbin surprised with news he'll be inducted into Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame

Adam Sparks
The Tennessean

Vanderbilt baseball coach Tim Corbin will be inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.

Corbin was surprised with the news by Brad Willis, chief advancement and operations officer of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, during a regularly scheduled media availability session on Thursday at Vanderbilt's Hawkins Field.

"This feels like home for both my wife (Maggie) and I," said Corbin, a Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, native. "When you invest so much time into a place and into the kids that go to that place, you feel like you're very much part of (Tennessee). We feel like we're very much part of this town, too.

"We have strong feelings toward this place. It starts to feel like home because it's emotional."

Corbin joins seven other inductees in the 2020 Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame class – former Titans coach Jeff Fisher, former Haywood High and Kentucky star Tony Delk, women's sports advocate Bettye Giles, Predators announcer Terry Crisp, former ETSU and Auburn basketball coach Sonny Smith, Tennessee golf icon Dick Horton and long-time college football coach Carl Torbush.

"I almost thought you had to be dead or old to get things like this," Corbin said. "I have no thoughts about doing anything other than what we're doing right now for the next four years."

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The Commodores have made four College World Series appearances, winning the national title in 2014 and 2019. They have gone to 14 consecutive NCAA tournaments (2006-19), the longest active streak in the SEC, and 15 overall under Corbin. Before his arrival, Vanderbilt played in only three NCAA tournaments and none since 1980.

Now in his 18th season at Vanderbilt, Corbin had an all-time record of 748-356-1 through Thursday. He has produced 48 All-America players.

Corbin’s Hall of Fame induction is timely after one of the best seasons in SEC baseball history. Not only did Vanderbilt win the 2019 national title, but it also posted an SEC-record 59 wins and had 13 players selected in the MLB Draft, tied for the most in SEC history. Corbin was named 2019 National Coach of the Year.

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