With more than 20 years of playing and coaching experience, Sherman Corbett begins his 12th year at the helm of UTSA’s baseball program this spring.
The last half decade has seen the program experience success never seen in the Alamo City. UTSA has posted four seasons of at least 32 wins in the last six years and a total of 193 during that span (32 per season). The Roadrunners also won the 2007 and '08 Southland Conference Regular Season Championships and Corbett was named the league's Clay Gould Coach of the Year those two years.
Last spring, Corbett guided the Roadrunners to their eighth postseason berth in his tenure after winning 27 games. Riley Good earned Freshman All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball after setting program frosh records in hits (86) and stolen bases (16). Good joined Tyler Carpenter, Ryan Dalton, Ryan Hutson and Casey Selsor in earning All-Southland accolades. Meanwhile, Hutson became the program's all-time home run leader after belting three on the final day of the regular season, which earned him National Co-Hitter of the Week accolades (May 24). The Roadrunners notched 13 come-from-behind victories, including a walk-off 3-2 win in 10 innings over ninth-ranked Texas A&M.
In 2010, Dalton earned Southland Freshman of the Year and consensus Freshman All-America honors after tying for the conference lead with a program frosh-record 17 home runs (second in NCAA among freshmen) and leading the Birds with 51 RBIs. UTSA launched a Southland-best 71 long balls in just 50 games and that total ranks second in school history. Hutson (first team) and Ryan Rummel (third team) also earned postseason laurels from the league.
The 2009 campaign saw the Roadrunners win 32 games (20-12 SLC/third place), and eight players earned All-Southland accolades, including first teamers Lance Brown and Michael Rockett. UTSA set five school records on offense — batting average (.317), hits (661), home runs (89), total bases (1,109) and slugging percentage (.532) — and just missed school records for runs (461), doubles (131) and RBIs (409). The Birds easily shattered the previous mark for long balls, 66 in 1999 (60 games), doing so in the season's 49th contest.
The winningest coach in UTSA Athletics history (331 victories), he led the Roadrunners to a school-record-tying 39 wins in 2008, including a league-best 22 in conference play, and their second consecutive regular season championship in school history en route to being named the league’s Coach of the Year for the second year in a row.
Two Roadrunners — Rockett (March 3) and Trent Lockwood (March 31, April 14) — combined to win three National Player of the Week awards and Rockett was a second-team All-America selection (second in school history) by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and third-team choice by Collegiate Baseball in addition to being named the Southland Player of the Year. UTSA had one of the most-prolific offensive years on school record, setting new program marks for batting average (.316), runs scored (467), hits (647), doubles (134), RBIs (419), total bases (1,005) and slugging percentage (.490) while finishing second in home runs (64) and on-base percentage (.397).
That performance came on the heels of a 36-win campaign in 2007, a league-record 24 wins in conference play and the first regular season championship in school history. The year before saw the Birds win 37 contests, which was then the second-best year on school record, and post their first 20-win conference slate in program history (20-10).
In 2005, UTSA rebounded from an 0-11 start to win its second Southland Tournament Championship and make its second all-time NCAA Regional appearance.
Corbett has coached 51 All-Southland players, including 11 first teamers, and 14 all-academic honorees.
He also has mentored the 2001 Southland Pitcher of the Year (Jared Howton), 2002 Southland Player and Hitter of the Year (Mark Schramek), 2003 Southland Freshman of the Year (Ryan Crew), 2007 Southland Newcomer of the Year (Trent Lockwood), 2007 Southland Freshman of the Year (Tim Palincsar), 2008 Southland Player of the Year (Rockett), 2010 Southland Freshman of the Year (Dalton) and five Freshman All-Americans — Crew (2003), Rockett (2006), Palincsar (2007), Dalton (2010) and Good (2011).
Twenty-four Roadrunners have gone on to play professionally, including 14 who have been selected in the Major League Draft. In fact, at least two players have been chosen in four of the past seven drafts and a total of 11 overall. In 2002, Schramek became the first player in school history to be selected in the first round when he was the 40th overall selection by the Cincinnati Reds and Matt Crocker became the third-highest pick in program history in June 2010 when he was taken by the Colorado Rockies in the 12th round.
In his first year, Corbett guided the Roadrunners to their first 30-win season since 1995 and, one year later, Schramek became the first All-American in school history when Collegiate Baseball named him to the third team.
A San Antonio native, Corbett garnered all-city honors at Samuel Clemens High School before playing collegiately at Texas A&M.
In his three seasons as an Aggie, Corbett compiled a career record of 14-11 and led the team in saves in 1983. Corbett was selected in the third round of the 1984 MLB Draft by the California Angels.
He made his Major League debut against the Baltimore Orioles on May 29, 1988, and picked up his first major league victory against the Chicago White Sox on July 30. The left-hander appeared in 34 games as a rookie and posted a 2-1 record with a 4.14 ERA in 45.2 innings pitched. Corbett went on to play three more seasons in the Angels organization, before spending the 1992 and ’93 campaigns in the Detroit Tigers and Chicago Cubs systems, respectively. He is one of 15 active NCAA Division I head coaches that are MLB alums.
Corbett comes from a highly-respected baseball family in the San Antonio area, with his father, Raymond Sr., serving as an administrator in the Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District for nearly 25 years. He also was an associate scout for the Cincinnati Reds and assisted with numerous camps and all-star games in the San Antonio area. His brother, Raymond Jr. was a high school All-American and all-state catcher at Clemens High School and played more than seven seasons in the Cincinnati Reds organization. He currently is an area scout for the New York Mets.
In 2001, all three Corbetts were inducted into the Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District Sports Hall of Honor.
Corbett graduated Cum Laude from Texas A&M with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education in 1991. Four years later, he earned his master’s degree in business administration from A&M.
Corbett began his five-year coaching career at A&M Consolidated High School in 1995. During that time, he also was an instructor at Texas A&M’s baseball camps.
He also has served as the NCAA Regional Baseball Tournament field coordinator for the 1993, ’98 and ’99 Regional and Super Regional games played in College Station.
Corbett and his wife, Julie, have a son, Mason.
The Corbett File
· Texas A&M (1982-84)
· California Angels organization (1984-88/MLB: 1988-91)
· Detroit Tigers organization (1992)
· Chicago Cubs organization (1993)
· UTSA (2001-present)
· A&M Consolidated HS (1995-2000)
· Winningest coach in UTSA Athletics history (353 victories)
· Roadrunners tied school record with 39 victories in 2008, including regular season-record 38 wins
· Led program to 2007-08 Southland Regular Season Championships
· 2007 & '08 Southland Clay Gould Coach of the Year
· Guided Roadrunners to 2005 Southland Tournament Championship and berth at NCAA Waco Regional
· 55 All-Southland selections, including 11 first-teamers
· 14 Southland All-Academic honorees
· 24 players have gone on to professional careers, including 14 being selected in the MLB Draft
Corbett Honor Roll
· 2011 Freshman All-American Riley Good
· 2010 Southland Freshman of the Year & Freshman All-American Ryan Dalton
· 2008 Second-Team All-American & Southland Player of the Year Michael Rockett
· 2007 Southland Freshman of the Year & Freshman All-American Tim Palincsar
· 2007 Southland Newcomer of the Year Trent Lockwood
· 2006 Freshman All-American Michael Rockett
· 2003 Southland Freshman of the Year & Freshman All-American Ryan Crew
· 2003 Second-Team Academic All-American Mike Srp
· 2002 Third-Team All-American, Southland Player of the Year & Hitter of the Year Mark Schramek
· 2001 Southland Pitcher of the Year Jared Howton
Active NCAA Division I Head Coaches Who Are Major League Baseball Alums
· Jason Beverlin, Bethune-Cookman
· Scott Bradley, Princeton
· Terry Burrows, McNeese State
· Scott Cassidy, Le Moyne
· Sherman Corbett, UTSA
· Darin Erstad, Nebraska
· Wayne Graham, Rice
· Tony Gwynn, San Diego State
· Vance Law, BYU
· John Pawlowski, Auburn
· Steve Rodriguez, Pepperdine
· Ed Sprague, Pacific
· John Stuper, Yale
· Tracy Woodson, Valparaiso
· Robbie Wine, Penn State