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Ray Tanner

Ray Tanner

The University of South Carolina Upstate’s George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics announces that Ray Tanner will be the guest speaker at the Wells Fargo Speaker Series Thursday, April 3.

Tanner, who serves as the athletic director at the University of South Carolina, will speak at 12 p.m. in the BMW Classroom, Room 150, located on the first floor of The George, 160 E. St. John St., Spartanburg.

Tickets are $10 for the community and $5 for USC Upstate faculty, staff and retirees. The ticket price includes a boxed lunch. USC Upstate students with a university ID are admitted free. Reservations are required; please visit www.uscupstate.edu/wellsfargo to reserve your seat.

Tanner was named the athletic director in August 2012, after having served 16 years as the university’s head baseball coach.

Tanner is a three-time National Coach of the Year and Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year. He led the Gamecocks baseball team to two NCAA Division 1 Championships, a pair of national runner-up finishes, six College World Series appearances, three SEC championships, six SEC Eastern division titles, a SEC tournament crown and 13 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.

Under Tanner’s direction, South Carolina’s postseason success from 2010-2012 is arguably the greatest run in collegiate baseball history. In the three-year span, the Gamecocks established NCAA records with 22 consecutive postseason wins and 12 consecutive wins in the College World Series.

In his first season as athletic director, the Gamecock football in its highest national ranking in school history, while women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, women’s indoor and outdoor track & field, men’s outdoor track & field, equestrian, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, softball and baseball all reached the NCAA postseason.

Tanner grew up in Benson, N.C., and is married to the former Karen Donald, a native of Charleston. They have two daughters, Gracie and Maggie, and one son, Luke.

For additional information, contact Bea Walters Smith, director of development and foundation scholarships, at 864.503.5235 or bwsmith@uscupstate.edu.

The University of South Carolina Upstate’s George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics announces that Ray Tanner will be the guest speaker at the Wells Fargo Speaker Series Thursday, April 3. Tanner, who serves as the athletic director at the University of South Carolina, will speak at 12 p.m. in the BMW Classroom, Room 150, located on the first floor of The George, 160 E. St. John St., Spartanburg. Tickets are $10 for the community and for USC Upstate faculty, staff and retirees. The ticket price includes a boxed lunch. USC Upstate students with a university ID are admitted free. Reservations are required; please visit www.uscupstate.edu/wellsfargo to reserve your seat. Tanner was named the athletic director in August 2012, after having served 16 years as the university’s head baseball coach. Tanner is a three-time National Coach of the Year and Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year. He led the Gamecocks baseball team to two NCAA Division 1 Championships, a pair of national runner-up finishes, six College World Series appearances, three SEC championships, six SEC Eastern division titles, a SEC tournament crown and 13 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. Under Tanner’s direction, South Carolina’s postseason success from 2010-2012 is arguably the greatest run in collegiate baseball history. In the three-year span, the Gamecocks established NCAA records with 22 consecutive postseason wins and 12 consecutive wins in the College World Series. In his first season as athletic director, the Gamecock football in its highest national ranking in school history, while women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, women’s indoor and outdoor track & field, men’s outdoor track & field, equestrian, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, softball and baseball all reached the NCAA postseason. Tanner grew up in Benson, N.C., and is married to the former Karen Donald, a native of Charleston. They have two daughters, Gracie and Maggie, and one son, Luke. For additional information, contact Bea Walters Smith, director of development and foundation scholarships, at 864.503.5235 or bwsmith@uscupstate.edu.

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