Legendary Clemson baseball coach passes away

CLEMSON (WACH) - Bill Wilhelm, Clemson TMs legendary baseball coach from 1958-93, passed away Friday morning at Oconee Memorial Hospital in Seneca, SC at the age of 81.

In his 36 years as Clemson TMs head coach he posted a record of 1161-536-10, and the 1161 victories are the most in school history in any sport, and still rank in the top 20 in the history of Division I college baseball.

In 36 years guiding the Clemson program he never had a losing season.

When I think of Clemson University I think of him, said Clemson Head Baseball Coach Jack Leggett, who succeeded Wilhelm in 1994 and has taken the program to the College World Series six times.

He was what Clemson is all about. He was tough, he was honest, he was competitive and he took pride in everything he did.

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

Wilhelm is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Sarah and his sons, Michael and Randall.

Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date.