December 26, 2010


Longtime Clemson coach Wilhelm passes away


Bill Wilhelm, longtime head coach at Clemson, passed away on Dec. 24 at the age of 81.


Wilhelm guided the Tigers from 1958 to 1993, posting a record of 1,161-536-10 in 36 seasons. His 1,161 victories are the most in school history in any sport and rank in the top 20 in Division I college baseball history.


Clemson went to the College World Series six times under Wilhelm (1958-59-76-77-80-91) and led the Tigers to 11 ACC Championships, 17 NCAA Tournament appearances and 19 ACC regular-season titles.


A native of China Grove, N.C., Wilhelm led the Tigers to a mark of 60-10 in 1991, the top winning percentage (.857) in the country that year and a school record for wins.


Current Clemson head coach Jack Leggett succeeded Wilhelm in 1994.


Wilhelm is survived by his wife Sarah Jane and his two sons, Michael and Randall.


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