In 2005, Tanner and his wife, Karen, established the Ray Tanner Foundation, which supports organizations that care for seriously ill children, the homeless and other causes throughout the Midlands. A grant from the foundation to Harvest Hope Food Bank has helped one area elementary school’s Backpack Program to provide cereal and healthy snacks to students to take home on weekends and holidays.
During Tanner’s tenure at USC, the new Carolina Baseball Stadium was completed near the banks of the Congaree River. The team played its first season there in 2009.
Tanner is a graduate of North Carolina State University, where he played four seasons of collegiate baseball and, at age 28, became one of the youngest Division I head coaches. He was named ACC Coach of the Year in 1990.