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Head Baseball Coach Al Corbeil enters his ninth season at Polk State College.
In 2017 the Eagles captured their fourth straight Suncoast Conference Championship – and sixth in the past seven seasons – posting a 41-13 record and going 24-6 in conference play.
Advancing to the FCSAA State/NJCAA District Baseball Tournament at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, the Eagles went 2-2 in the double-elimination event.
The team ranked first in the nation (NJCAA D1) with a 2.54 team earned run average.
It marks the third time in seven seasons under Corbeil and pitching coach Brad Cook that the Eagles have led the nation in ERA.
In 54 games, the pitching staff also struck out 479 hitters while issuing only 132 walks -- second in the country.
Head Coach Al Corbeil. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
The 2018 Eagles finished 29-23 with six All-Conference selections and two draft picks: Alec Barger (Milwaukee Brewers) and Chavez Fernander (Detroit Tigers).
Under Corbeil's watch the past eight seasons, the Eagles have accumulated more wins than any other state college/community college program in Florida with a 306-123 record. The baseball program has been nationally recognized and ranked in the top 20 in the country in all eight seasons.
The 2011 baseball program paved the way, winning 22 consecutive games, a Suncoast Conference Championship, and a state-best 43 wins. The 2012 Eagles topped that with a 46-win season, a state championship and an appearance on the national stage with a berth in the NJCAA JUCO World Series, the first in the program’s history.
Corbeil’s players have received numerous awards over the past four seasons, with 40 players earning All-Conference selections, two Player of the Year, two Pitcher of the Year, two Fireman of the Year, and three Defensive Player of the Year awards. Alec Asher and Erik Hindmon received the prestigious Rawlings Gold Glove Award in 2012.
In his time at Polk State, over 70 of Corbeil’s players have signed scholarships to play at four-year schools. Sixteen former Eagles have been selected in the MLB draft, including Asher, who made his major league debut with the Phillies in 2015.
Corbeil’s players also perform in the classroom, maintaining one of the highest cumulative GPAs among the College’s athletic teams. The academic success of the program has also been recognized by the NJCAA
While at Polk State, Corbeil has been named both FCSAA/NJCAA Coach of the Year and Suncoast Conference Coach of the Year in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2016. In 2012, he was also named Coach of the Year by the Florida Diamond Club. Founded by professional scouts in 1972, the club selects one Florida Coach of the Year for all college divisions and high schools in the state.
Prior to his arrival at Polk State, Corbeil spent the previous two years as the recruiting coordinator at Florida Southern College in Lakeland. In his two years at FSC, the team finished with identical records of 41-16 and received two post-season berths in the South Regional Tournament. The Moccasins were ranked No. 1 in the NCAA Division II National Poll multiple times. In addition, five position players signed professional baseball contracts in his two years there.
Corbeil also worked as an assistant coach at Manatee Community College for three seasons, beginning in 2006, serving as bench coach under NJCAA Hall of Fame Coach Tim Hill Sr. The Lancers made three consecutive trips to the state tournament, clinching runner-up finishes in 2006 and 2008. The 2007 team was the Suncoast Conference champion.
As a player, Corbeil was drafted out of Plantation High School by the Milwaukee Brewers, but instead opted to attend Manatee Community College, where he played for two seasons. While at Manatee, he helped lead the team to the NJCAA World Series in 1999, where it finished third. During his run at Manatee, he was a two-time All-Conference and All-State selection and still holds many offensive records, including career batting average (.427) and RBI (145). Corbeil is a 2016 member of the MCC, now State College of Florida, Athletic Hall of Fame.
He continued his career at Division I Florida International University in Miami. In his only season at FIU he earned Sunbelt Conference Player of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, and was named a First Team All-American by “Collegiate Baseball News.” Corbeil led the Panthers to the South Regional Tournament and finished the year hitting .399 with 13 home runs and 73 RBIs.
Corbeil then transferred to Florida Southern, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business and First Team All-SSC, All-South Region and All-American honors.
Following his college career, he was drafted in the 16th round and signed by the Anaheim Angels. While in the Angels’ organization, he was selected as a 2001 Pioneer League All-Star and finished second in the league in hitting with a .359 average. Corbeil played seven seasons of professional baseball, hitting .320 or better in four of those seasons. He played his final professional season in 2007 as a player/coach in the South Coast League.
Corbeil resides in Lakeland with his wife, Whitney, and their sons, Azarias and Samson.