Coach Tanner grew up in Dunwoody and attended Peachtree High School and was an undefeated state champion and outstanding wrestler during his senior year. He moved on to wrestle for the University of Georgia where he had much success. Coach Tanner has put in many years coaching wrestling in Georgia. He has coached numerous state champions and state placers at Chattahoochee, Northview, Centennial, and now is going into his 13th season at South Forsyth.
Coach Tanner is a real estate agent and is married to his wife Susan.