List of Clemson Tigers head baseball coaches

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The Clemson Tigers baseball program is a college baseball team that represents Clemson University in the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference in the National Collegiate Athletic Association.[1] The team has had 27 head coaches since it started playing organized baseball in the 1896 season, but only 5 since the end of World War II.[2] The current coach is Jack Leggett, who took over the head coaching position in 1994.[3]

Clemson has played in 4,012 games during their 114 seasons.[4] Since its creation in 1947, all five Tigers coaches; Randy Hinson, Walter Cox, Bill Wilhelm, and Leggett; have led Clemson to the NCAA Tournament. Wilhelm and Leggett have advanced teams to the College World Series.[5] Four coaches have won conference championships with the Tigers: Hinson won one as a member of the Southern Conference; and Smith, Wilhelm, and Leggett won a combined 14 as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference.[4]

Bill Wilhelm is the all-time leader in games coached (1,707), seasons coached (36), and total wins (1,161).[2] John Heisman has the highest winning percentage of any Tiger coach with a 28–6–1 record (.814) in his three years in Clemson.[2] R. T. V. Bowman has the lowest winning percentage (.250 in two seasons).[2] In 2011, Wilhelm was inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.[6]

Key[edit]

Coaches[edit]

List of head baseball coaches showing season(s) coached, overall records, conference records, postseason records, championships and selected awards[A 8]
# Name Term[A 9] GC OW OL OT O% CW CL CT C% PA PW PL WA WW WL DCs CCs CTs NCs Awards
1 Bowman, R. T. V.R. T. V. Bowman 1896, 1898 8 2 6 0 .250 0
2 Unknown 1899–1900 17 12 5 0 .706 0
3 Heisman, JohnJohn Heisman 1901–1903 35 28 6 1 .814 0
4 McMakin, JohnJohn McMakin 1904–1906 46 20 23 3 .467 0
5 Shaughnessy, FrankFrank Shaughnessy 1907 17 9 7 1 .559 0
6 Lynch, RobertRobert Lynch 1908 17 6 11 0 .353 0
7 Reynolds, JessieJessie Reynolds 1909 22 10 12 0 .455 0
8 Holland, JoeJoe Holland 1910 21 10 11 0 .476 0
9 Dobson, FrankFrank Dobson 1911–1913 58 37 21 0 .638 0
10 Robertson, ThomasThomas Robertson 1914 22 16 6 0 .727 0
11 Sitton, VetVet Sitton 1915–1916 45 26 18 1 .589 0
12 Morris, CountryCountry Morris 1917, 1920 45 17 28 0 .378 0
13 Donahue, EdwardEdward Donahue 1918–1919 39 17 21 1 .449 0
14 Conover, LarryLarry Conover 1921 19 5 14 0 .263 0
15 Durfee, L. V. H.L. V. H. Durfee 1922–1924 56 29 26 1 .527 0
16 May, ThomasThomas May 1925 25 11 14 0 .440 0
17 Richards, CulCul Richards 1926 19 8 11 0 .421 0
18 Gillam, TinkTink Gillam 1927 25 11 13 1 .460 0
19 Guyon, JoeJoe Guyon 1928–1931 81 42 36 3 .537 0
20 Neely, JessJess Neely 1932–1938 135 67 66 2 .504 0
21 Hinson, RandyRandy Hinson 1939–1940, 1946–1947 79 58 19 2 .747 13 2 0 .867 1 3 2 0 0 0 1 0
22 Rogers, TomTom Rogers 1941–1942 34 18 14 2 .747 0
23 Howard, FrankFrank Howard 1943 15 12 3 0 .800 0
24 Cox, WalterWalter Cox 1945, 1948–1951 119 70 48 1 .592 47 18 1 .720 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 Smith, BobBob Smith 1952–1957 119 52 65 2 .445 39 50 2 .440[A 10] 2 3 4 1 0 0
26 Wilhelm, BillBill Wilhelm 1958–1993 1707 1161 536 10 .683 378 158 1 .706 17 42 36 6 4 12 20 7 0 ACC Coach of the Year (1988)[7]
ABCA District III Coach of the Year (1991)[8]
ACC Coach of the Year (1991)[7]
27 Leggett, JackJack Leggett 1994–present 1189 812 376 1 .683 304 166 1 .646 17 65 39 6 8 12 2 2 2 0 ACC Coach of the Year (1994)[7]
ACC Coach of the Year (1995)[7]
ABCA Atlantic Region Coach of the Year (2002)[9]
ACC Coach of the Year (2006)[7]
ABCA Atlantic Region Coach of the Year (2010)[10]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ A running total of the number of head coaches.
  2. ^ Clemson was a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association from 1900 until 1923, but the conference did not sponsor baseball. The Southern Conference, of which Clemson was a member from 1924 until 1953, did not sponsor baseball until 1947. Since 1954, Clemson has been a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
  3. ^ Postseason play involving the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship.
  4. ^ Postseason appearances include seasons with NCAA Division I Baseball Championship bids since the tournament began in 1947.
  5. ^ College World Series appearances include seasons with CWS bids since the tournament began in 1947.
  6. ^ The Atlantic Coast Conference split into two divisions in 2006. Since then, regular season conference championships are no longer awarded.
  7. ^ The Southern Conference held a tournament from 1950 until 1953. The Atlantic Coast Conference began a baseball tournament in 1974. The tournament was not held in 1979.
  8. ^ Statistics correct as of the end of the 2011 college baeball season.
  9. ^ Clemson did not sponsor a baseball team in 1897 or 1944.
  10. ^ 21–16 (.568) against SoCon opponents and 18–34–2 (.352) against ACC opponents.

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ "Clemson University". National Collegiate Athletic Association. Archived from the original on 17 August 2011. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d 2011 Media Guide, p. 141
  3. ^ Tomasson, Chris (7 July 1993). "Leggett loves games, practice, and umpires". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. pp. D1, D4. Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  4. ^ a b 2011 Media Guide, p. 142
  5. ^ 2011 Media Guide, p. 137
  6. ^ "Clemson legend Bill Wilhelm inducted into National College Baseball Hall of Fame". The Times and Democrat (Orangeburg, S.C.). 4 July 2011. Archived from the original on 27 August 2011. Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c d e Phillips, Steve (ed.). "ACC Year-By-Year". 2011 ACC Baseball Media Guide. Atlantic Coast Conference. p. 52. Archived from the original on 27 August 2011. Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  8. ^ 2011 Media Guide, p. 140
  9. ^ 2011 Media Guide, p. 15
  10. ^ "2010 Diamond/ABCA NCAA Division I Regional Coaches of the Year". American Baseball Coaches Association. Archived from the original on 27 August 2011. Retrieved 27 August 2011.