Thursday, January 2, 2014
Undated--Clemson Head Baseball Coach Jack Leggett will be inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Friday night in Dallas, TX. Leggett will join six other inductees during ABCA’s annual convention, Pete Dunn (Stetson), Tink Larson (Waseca (MN) High School), Paul Mainieri (Louisiana State), Jim O’Brien (Los Angeles Harbor College), Augie Schmidt IV (Carthage College), and Jimmie Wasem (Eastern Washington).
“It’s a great honor to be recognized in this way,” said Leggett. “It’s a great compliment to all the players and coaches who I’ve worked with in the past. It’s a culmination of a lot of hard work, both on and off the field. I want to thank everyone who has been involved along the way. I would like to accept this honor on behalf of The University of Vermont, Western Carolina University, and Clemson University.”
Leggett has 1,264 career wins in 34 seasons as a head coach. The 1,264 victories are 11th-most in NCAA history among Division I coaches and fifth-most among active coaches. He recorded his 1,000th career victory in Clemson’s 5-0 win at Maryland on March 25, 2007 to become just the 29th coach in Division I history to reach 1,000 career victories. At the age of 53, he became the second-youngest coach to reach that mark.
As head coach of the Tiger baseball program for 20 seasons (1994-13), Leggett has directed Clemson to 887 wins, tied for sixth-most in the nation during that time span. He has also taken the Tigers to the NCAA Tournament 19 times, made six College World Series appearances, and had a final top-10 ranking seven times. Leggett, who has been named ACC Coach-of-the-Year three times, served two seasons (1992,93) at Clemson as an assistant coach under legendary Head Coach Bill Wilhelm (1958-93), whom he credits with much of his success.