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There are moments in our lives when we know we’re seeing history in the making.
Lincoln County’s Mark Carter, now associate director of student athletics, executive director of the National Commodore Club and Athletic Development witnessed first hand as Vanderbilt University’s baseball team won the first ever men’s national championship over Virginia at the recent College World Series played in Omaha.
“It is really hard to put the experience into words,” Carter said. “I had the great pleasure of working with the staffs of two other national championship programs at Duke – men’s basketball and men’s lacrosse. This was different though. I consider so many members of this staff close friends, so there is just a great sense of pride I have for them.
“There are a handful of special occasions where we will always remember where we were and who we were with,” he continued. “This is certainly one of those times for our coaches, the staff, the kids who played their hearts out and our supporters.
“There are a lot of coaches who work a lot of hours and are great at certain aspects of leading a program,” he added. “Some great teachers of the game, great game managers, great recruiters or great with boosters, alumni and the media. Well, Coach Tim Corbin is truly great in every phase and he is the hardest working person I have ever known. I’m just so happy for him, his staff and the kids.
“Multiple folks have said that they couldn’t think of anyone more deserving than Tim, and I feel the same way. Tim and his wife, Maggie, are just very, very special people.
“I’m very proud of what Vanderbilt Athletics stands for and that’s why I love working with our supporters on a daily basis,” noted Carter. “The alumni and fans who have chosen to support the program philanthropically have helped provide the university with the resources needed to hire, and keep, Tim and his wonderful staff and create an environment where the kids can improve every day as they chase their dreams of playing on the biggest stage in college athletics while getting an education at one of the top 20 schools in the world. Whether our donors have made annual gifts or played an even larger role by supporting a facility project or endowment initiative, I hope they all feel like they had a hand in making this dream a reality.”