CLEMSON, S.C. (WACH) - Clemson head baseball coach Jack Leggett is heading for the hall of fame.
Leggett will be inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in January 2014 in Dallas, TX. Leggett will join six other inductees during the ABCAs annual convention. The announcement of the seven-member class of 2014 will be made by ABCA later this year.
"It's a great honor to be recognized in this way," said Leggett. "It's a great compliment to all the players and coaches who I've worked with in the past. It's a culmination of a lot of hard work, both on and off the field. I want to thank everyone who has been involved along the way. I would like to accept this honor on behalf of The University of Vermont, Western Carolina University, and Clemson University."
Leggett has 1,224 career wins in 33 seasons as a head coach. The 1,224 victories are 14th-most in NCAA history among Division I coaches and sixth-most among active coaches. He notched his 1,000th career victory in Clemsons 5-0 win at Maryland on March 25, 2007 to become just the 29th coach in Division I history to reach 1,000 career victories. At the age of 53, he became the second-youngest coach to reach that mark.
In his 19 seasons as head coach of the Tiger baseball program, Leggett has directed Clemson to 847 wins, seventh-most in the nation during that time span. He has also taken the Tigers to the NCAA Tournament 18 times, made six College World Series appearances, and had a final top-10 ranking seven times.
Leggett, 58, will begin his 20th season as head coach at Clemson on February 15, 2013 when the Tigers host William & Mary at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.