Oct. 10, 2001
CLEMSON, SC – Clemson Head Baseball Coach Jack Leggett, the winningest baseball coach at Western Carolina with 302 victories in nine seasons, will be inducted into the Western Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame this weekend in Cullowhee, NC.
Leggett led the Catamounts to an unprecedented five consecutive Southern Conference Championships and five straight NCAA tournament bids from 1985-89. Two of his teams, 1985 and 1987, finished the season ranked among the nation’s top 30. The 1987 squad reached the NCAA Midwest Regional championship game. Western averaged 33 wins per season during Leggett’s tenure and played in the SoCon Championship game in eight of his nine seasons. In addition to his success on the field 100 percent of the players who completed their eligibility with the Catamounts, received a degree from WCU. Three players earned Academic All-American honors.
Leggett has coached Clemson to 380 wins in just eight years – an average of 47.5 wins per year – and has 757 career wins in his 22 years as a Division I head coach. The Tiger skipper has coached Clemson to the NCAA Tournament every year he has been at Clemson, including three berths in the College World Series (1995, 1996 and 2000). In 2001, Clemson won at least 40 games for the 16th consecutive year and made it to the NCAA Tournament for the 15th straight year. The Tigers swept through the Clemson Regional to qualify for their third straight Super Regional, one of just six schools to do so, before falling to Miami (FL), the eventual national champion.
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