Jack Leggett

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Jack Leggett
Sport(s) Baseball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Clemson
Record 887–426–1
Biographical details
Born (1954-03-05) March 5, 1954 (age 60)
Bangor, Maine
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1978–1982
1983–1991
1992–1993
1994–present
Vermont
Western Carolina
Clemson (assistant)
Clemson
Head coaching record
Overall 1,264–716–1
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
1985 Southern Conference
1986 Southern Conference
1987 Southern Conference
1988 Southern Conference
1989 Southern Conference
1994 Atlantic Coast Conference
2006 Atlantic Coast Conference
Awards
1994 ACC Coach-of-the-Year
1995 ACC Coach-of-the-Year
2006 ACC Coach-of-the-Year

Jack Leggett (born March 5, 1954) is an American college baseball coach, the head coach of the Clemson Tigers since the 1994 season.[1] Under Leggett, the Tigers have reached the College World Series six times.[2] As of the end of the 2012 season, he has a career record of 1,224–694–1, with seven conference tournament titles and 23 NCAA Tournament appearances.

He was named Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Coach of the year in 1994, 1995 and 2006.[3] In 1994, his team won 57 games (second most in ACC history behind the record 60 wins set by the 1991 Clemson team).[citation needed]

Coaching career[edit]

Leggett served as head coach for five years at Vermont and nine years at Western Carolina. He became the head coach at Vermont prior to the 1978 season. After coaching the Vermont club baseball team in 1977, Leggett had brought the program back to varsity status, after it had been cut following the 1971 season.[4][5][6] He set a program record for wins (22) in 1981, and Vermont appeared in consecutive ECAC New England Division I Tournaments in 1981 and 1982.[7] At Western Carolina, he had 302 career wins and led the Catamounts to five NCAA Tournaments (1985–89), and five Southern Conference titles. Under his guidance, the Catamounts averaged 33 wins a season during his time in Cullowhee, N.C. He is the only person to be the head coach at both NCAA Division I schools nicknamed the Catamounts (Vermont and Western Carolina).[citation needed]

Leggett was inducted into the Western Carolina University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001 [8] and the Vermont Principals Association Hall of Fame in 2009.[9] In 2014, Leggett will be inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.[10]

The son of former University of Vermont swim coach Les Leggett, he grew up in South Burlington, Vermont and was a three-sport athlete at South Burlington High School, winning state titles in baseball and football. He attended the University of Maine where he earned all-conference honors in both football (defensive back, kicker) and baseball (infielder), captaining the Black Bears in 1976 when they advanced to the College World Series. In football, he holds the Maine record for longest field goal, a 52-yarder.[11]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Vermont Catamounts (Eastern College Athletic Conference) (1978–1982)
1978 Vermont 11–9
1979 Vermont 12–11
1980 Vermont 12–16
1981 Vermont 22–15 ECAC Tournament
1982 Vermont 18–10 ECAC Tournament
Vermont: 75–61
Western Carolina Catamounts (Southern Conference) (1983–1991)
1983 Western Carolina 25–20 9–5 3rd
1984 Western Carolina 37–20 13–3 1st (South) SoCon Tournament
1985 Western Carolina 37–35 11–6 2nd (South) NCAA Regional
1986 Western Carolina 33–28 12–5 1st (South) NCAA Regional
1987 Western Carolina 36–20 13–3 1st (South) NCAA Regional
1988 Western Carolina 38–24 14–3 1st (South) NCAA Regional
1989 Western Carolina 23–31 10–5 1st NCAA Regional
1990 Western Carolina 37–25 10–7 T–2nd SoCon Tournament
1991 Western Carolina 36–26 11–3 2nd SoCon Tournament
Western Carolina: 302–229 103–40
Clemson Tigers (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1994–present)
1994 Clemson 57–18 20–4 1st NCAA Regional
1995 Clemson 54–14 20–4 1st College World Series
1996 Clemson 51–17 17–7 2nd College World Series
1997 Clemson 41–23 13–10 4th NCAA Regional
1998 Clemson 43–16 14–9 T–2nd NCAA Regional
1999 Clemson 42–27 13–10 4th NCAA Super Regional
2000 Clemson 51–18 17–7 2nd College World Series
2001 Clemson 41–22 17–7 2nd NCAA Super Regional
2002 Clemson 54–17 16–8 4th College World Series
2003 Clemson 39–22 15–9 T–3rd NCAA Regional
2004 Clemson 39–26 14–10 T–4th NCAA Regional
2005 Clemson 43–23 21–9 2nd NCAA Super Regional
2006 Clemson 53–16 24–6 1st (Atlantic) College World Series
2007 Clemson 41–23 18–12 2nd (Atlantic) NCAA Super Regional
2008 Clemson 31–27–1 11–18–1 4th (Atlantic) ACC Tournament
2009 Clemson 44–22 19–11 2nd (Atlantic) NCAA Super Regional
2010 Clemson 45–25 18–12 T–1st (Atlantic) College World Series
2011 Clemson 43–20 17–13 2nd (Atlantic) NCAA Regional
2012 Clemson 35–28 16–14 3rd (Atlantic) NCAA Regional
2013 Clemson 40–22 18–12 3rd (Atlantic) NCAA Regional
2014 Clemson 36–25 15–14 T–2nd (Atlantic) NCAA Regional
Clemson: 923–451–1 353–206
Total: 1,300–751–1

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "#7 Jack Leggett". ClemsonTigers.com. Clemson Sports Information. Archived from the original on January 23, 2013. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ "2011 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship Record Book". National Collegiate Athletic Association. Archived from the original on January 23, 2013. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  3. ^ "2006 Clemson Regional". CollegeBaseballInsider.com. Archived from the original on January 23, 2013. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  4. ^ McGranahan, Ed (February 22, 2008). "Baseball a Way of Life for Leggett". WLTX.com. The Greenville News. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Vermont Board Votes Thursday on Future of Football Program". The Day (New London, Connecticut, USA). Associated Press. November 15, 1974. Retrieved January 19, 2013. "The trustees eliminated intercollegiate baseball a few years ago, citing a lack of attendance at games as a reason." 
  6. ^ Bufano, Shane (May 10, 2010). "Where Have All the Catamounts Gone?". VermontScoreboard.com. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Meet Vermont's Coaching Staff." 1982 ECAC New England Division I Baseball Tournament Press Release. "Leggett took a team that was missing four of its top six hitters from the 1981 record-setting tournament team and took them to its second consecutive tournament appearance. ... Leggett has a career mark of 73-59 (.553) going into this weekend's playoffs in Pawtucket, including last year's 22-15 mark, the most wins in the 86-year history of Vermont baseball."
  8. ^ Western Carolina Announces 2001 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees :: Jack Leggett, Brett Miller, Bruce Peterson and Karen Sanders Peterson To Be Honored
  9. ^ VPA Hall of Fame Inductees
  10. ^ "Leggett to Be Inducted into ABCA Hall of Fame". CollegeBaseballInsider.com. January 15, 2013. Archived from the original on January 16, 2013. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  11. ^ Suttles, Aaron (June 11, 2010). "Clemson Coach a College Legend". TuscaloosaNews.com. Archived from the original on January 16, 2013. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 

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