Two men will receive the prestigious ABCA/Dave Keilitz Ethics in Coaching Award in 2019: Vanderbilt University head coach Tim Corbin and Pacific Northwest baseball coaching legend Pete Doumit. The pair will be presented the award during the clinics at the ABCA Convention in Dallas.
The ABCA Ethics in Coaching Award honors individuals who embody the ABCA Code of Ethics.
The American Baseball Coaches Association believes that the highest calling of a baseball coach is to teach life’s lessons and model the character traits of honesty, integrity, respect and personal responsibility. In 2017, the award was named in honor of ABCA Board Member, Hall of Fame inductee and former Executive Director Dave Keilitz.
Tim Corbin has been heavily involved in the ABCA throughout his 34 years as a member, serving as the 2013 ABCA President and now as an active member on the Board of Directors as well as multiple other committees.
Corbin, who led the Commodores to the 2014 National Championship, has tallied nearly 800 career wins as a head coach and led Vanderbilt to 13 consecutive NCAA Tournament berths.
The 2000 ABCA/Baseball America Assistant Coach of the Year while at Clemson, Corbin left the Tigers to take the helm at Vanderbilt in 2003. Prior to Clemson, Corbin was the head coach of the Presbyterian College Blue Hose, where he helped transition the school from NAIA to NCAA Division II.
Corbin's success has earned him respect among the college and international baseball communities. In the summer of 2006, he managed the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team to a 28-2-1 record that culminated with a gold medal finish at the FISU (International University Sports Federation) World University Championship in Havana, Cuba. The .919 winning percentage set a new national team high and it garnered special recognition by the United States Olympic Committee.
Pete Doumit coached across all levels of the game, from T-ball to college, in the Moses Lake (Wash.) area during a 45-year coaching career that began in 1972. From that time until his retirement following the 2017 season, Doumit coached at Big Bend Community College (1979-82, 2012-17), Moses Lake High School (1983-85, 1995-99, 03-12) and in Little League Baseball.
Doumit is widely known across the Washington baseball community not only for his coaching longevity but for using baseball to teach life lessons to his players. Former players often recall his sayings such as “Play the game like you love it” and “Wins and losses are soon forgotten. What matters most in life is the person you become.” Additionally, Doumit authored the books, “What I Know About Baseball is What I Know About Life” and “More of…What I Know About Baseball is What I Know About Life”.
Doumit began his coaching in the youth ranks before transitioning in 1979 to the head coach at Big Bend Community College. After spending four years on campus, Doumit departed Big Bend to coach at Moses Lake High School, where he coached both varsity and freshman teams. He returned to Big Bend Community College from 2012-17.
One of Doumit’s most memorable teams was the 1999 Moses Lake squad that ranked No. 4 in the nation. Three players from that team were selected in the first 63 picks of the 1999 Major League Draft, including Gatorade National Player of the Year B.J. Garbe and his son, future MLB catcher Ryan Doumit.