Jan. 15, 2013
Leggett to be inducted into
ABCA Hall of Fame
head coach Jack Leggett (left) will be inducted into the
American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame on January 3,
2014, in Dallas, Texas.
Leggett, 58, will join six other inductees at the
annual convention. The ABCA will announce the entire class later
In 33 seasons as a head coach at Vermont, Western
Carolina and Clemson, Leggett has compiled 1,224 victories. That
total ranks 14th in NCAA Division I history and is sixth among
Over the past 19 years, Leggett has led Clemson
to 847 wins, the seventh-highest total in the country over that
period. The Tigers have made the NCAA Tournament 18 times under
Leggett, including six appearances in the College World Series.
He was an assistant coach under head coach Bill Wilhelm for two
seasons (1992-93) before becoming head coach prior to the 1994
current Division I head coaches have worked under Leggett,
including Erik Bakich of Michigan, Tim Corbin of Vanderbilt,
Bill Currier of Fairfield, Kevin O’Sullivan of Florida, John
Pawlowski of Auburn, Tom Riginos of Winthrop and Tim Sinicki of
In nine seasons at Western Carolina (1983-91),
Leggett guided the Catamounts to five Southern Conference titles
and five trips to the NCAA Tournament. WCU averaged 33 wins per
year under Leggett.
Leggett was head coach at Vermont from 1978-82.
He coached the club team in 1977 before leading the school’s
first intercollegiate squad in 1978. Leggett was 23 years old,
the youngest head coach in the nation. He had a winning season
in that first campaign and posted an overall record of 75-61 at
A 1976 graduate of Maine, Leggett was a standout
player in both baseball and football. Leggett was a captain on
the 1976 Black Bear squad that reached the College World Series,
and was a two-time All-Yankee Conference performer in football
as a defensive back and placekicker.
(photos courtesy of Clemson Media Relations Office)