Michael Corn named head coach for Betsy Baseball at Elizabethton High School

Published 2:52 pm Thursday, June 27, 2024

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Elizabethton High School has named Michael Corn the new head coach for Betsy Baseball. Corn brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record of success to the program, having spent the last two years as the recruiting coordinator and infield coach at Walters State.

Corn previously served as the head coach at Columbia State Community College for 13 years, from 2009 to 2022. During his tenure, he led the Chargers to two Region VII Championships and an NJCAA World Series appearance in 2014, where the team finished in sixth place. Under his guidance, over 60 players signed with Division I programs, and 17 players went on to play professionally. Corn’s exceptional coaching earned him the TCCAA Coach of the Year award four times, and he received the TBCA Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to baseball in Tennessee.

Before his successful run at Columbia State, Corn was the director of baseball operations at the University of Tennessee for one year. He began his coaching career at Tusculum in 1999, where he served as the assistant baseball coach, head junior varsity coach, and assistant director of admissions. During his nine years at Tusculum, the Pioneers achieved 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, posting a remarkable 301-156-1 record.

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Corn’s decorated career includes leading Unicoi County High School to back-to-back TSSAA Class-AA state championships in 1991 and 1992. He started his collegiate playing career at Columbia (Tenn.) State Community College in 1994 before transferring to Northeast State Community College in Bluff City, Tenn., where he earned his associate’s degree in 1996. He completed his collegiate eligibility as an infielder at Coker College in Hartsville, S.C., where he batted .302 as a junior in 1997 and hit .375 in 1998. The Cobras were a 1997 Team America Selection and captured the Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference crown in 1998. Corn received his bachelor’s degree in fitness programming from Coker in 1998.

Ryan Presnell, EHS athletic director, stated, “I couldn’t be happier to have Michael Corn be the next man at the helm of Betsy Baseball. His experience and knowledge are bar none some of the best in the game in the state of Tennessee and our players and program will benefit greatly from his tutelage. Most importantly, Mike Corn does it the right way and I know he will put relationships first, something we expect from our coaches here at Elizabethton.”

“I am thrilled by the opportunity to join the Elizabethton community that Dr. Minton and Coach Presnell have given me,” said Corn. “In this era of collegiate free agency cultivated by the NCAA, a chance to return to my baseball roots, where human development outweighs money and talent, is energizing. We all come upon crossroads in our lives, and this journey is one that allows for the most potential impact on the field and in the classroom.”