SEC names Tanner coach of the year

May 24, 2011 

USC coach Ray Tanner argues with officials during play against Auburn.

ANNE MCQUARY — heybabysmile.com

SEC baseball coaches have named their peer Ray Tanner as SEC Coach of the Year.

That and other baseball honors were announced today by the SEC in the leadup to the kickoff of the 2011 SEC Baseball Tournament.

Tanner earned the laurel through his guidance of the top-seeded and No. 1 ranked team to its third SEC Championship in baseball and first since the 2002 regular season. He also brought the team to its fifth SEC East title.

Coaches are not permitted to vote for their own players.

Here is the complete list of honors, followed by the 2011 All-SEC Team:

SEC PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Mike Zunino, Florida

SEC PITCHER OF THE YEAR - Grayson Garvin, Vanderbilt

SEC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR - Tony Kemp, Vanderbilt

SEC SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR - James McCann, Arkansas

SEC COACH OF THE YEAR - Ray Tanner, South Carolina

FIRST TEAM

1B - Aaron Westlake, Vanderbilt

2B - Scott Wingo, South Carolina

3B - Thomas McCarthy, Kentucky

SS - Casey McElroy, Auburn

C - Mike Zunino, Florida

OF - Mikie Mahtook, LSU

OF - Preston Tucker, Florida

OF - Tony Kemp, Vanderbilt

DH - Brian Johnson, Florida

P - Grayson Garvin, Vanderbilt

P - Michael Roth, South Carolina

RP - Matt Price, South Carolina

SECOND TEAM

1B - Christian Walker, South Carolina

2B - Josh Adams, Florida

2B - Alex Yarbrough, Ole Miss

3B - Jason Esposito, Vanderbilt

SS - Nolan Fontana, Florida

C - Tony Caldwell, Auburn

OF - Taylor Dugas, Alabama

OF - Mason Katz, LSU

OF - Chad Wright, Kentucky

DH - Conrad Gregor, Vanderbilt

P - DJ Baxendale, Arkansas; Hudson Randall, Florida

P - Sonny Gray, Vanderbilt; Alex Meyer, Kentucky

RP - Caleb Reed, Mississippi State

ALL FRESHMAN TEAM

1B - Dominic Ficociello, Arkansas

2B - JaCoby Jones, LSU

3B - Zack Powers, Florida

SS - Adam Frazier, Mississippi State

C - Ty Ross, LSU

OF - Tony Kemp, Vanderbilt

OF - C.T. Bradford, Mississippi State

OF - Andrew Toles, Tennessee

DH - Conrad Gregor, Vanderbilt

P - Karsten Whitson, Florida

P - Forrest Koumas, South Carolina

RP - Kevin Ziomek, Vanderbilt

ALL DEFENSIVE TEAM

P - Sonny Gray, Vanderbilt

1B - Dominic Ficociello, Arkansas

1B - Christian Walker, South Carolina

2B - Scott Wingo, South Carolina

SS - Nolan Fontana, Florida

3B - Jason Esposito, Vanderbilt

C - Mike Zunino, Florida

OF - Taylor Dugas, Alabama

OF - Mikie Mahtook, LSU

OF - Zach Cone, Georgia

OF - Jackie Bradley Jr., South Carolina

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