Beginning with the 2011 collegiate baseball season, Ray Tanner, head baseball coach of the University of South Carolina Gamecocks and Baseball America's National Coach of the Year, will join more than 100 of the top collegiate baseball coaches that comprise the Rawlings Collegiate Advisory Staff. The newly-formed partnership encompasses several hard goods categories, including bats, gloves, batting gloves, equipment bags, helmets and baseballs, and will allow Tanner to collaborate with Rawlings during the product development process.
“Rawlings is beyond honored to have a coach of Ray Tanner's caliber and ability as a member of our Collegiate Advisory Staff,” said Mike Thompson, senior-vice president of sports marketing for St. Louis-based Rawlings, a subsidiary of Jarden Team Sports. “Coach Tanner has an incredible talent for bringing out the very best in his players. He strives to win and we're confident Rawlings' products will contribute to many more wins going forward.”