by Zachary Harmuth
Just around the corner from downtown Franklin, quietly works one of the most respected and decorated baseball coaches in the state.
Mike Corn, CSCC baseball head coach since 2009, was named by the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association the Junior College Coach of the Year for 2013. In fact in the last three years, Corn has hit 3 for 3.
“This is the third consecutive year that Coach Corn has received the award, and it is well deserved,” said Louis Conner, Columbia State director of athletics and instructor of physical education. “Not only does he excel at coaching his team on the field; he works with both the athletes and their parents to make each season a success. The players respect him and make him look good.”
Like a good coach or player getting an award he is worthy of, Corn is honored- but humbled.
“This is so much more than a coach’s award; it’s really a team and program award,” Corn said. “It is based on the performance of your team and the outcomes of your players.”
The Chargers closed the 2013 season with a 36 – 21 record and an NJCAA Region 7 Championship.
Corn began coaching at Columbia State in 2009. The Erwin, Tenn. native played baseball for Columbia State before transferring to Coker College, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education.
The Chargers host Roane State on Saturday at noon.