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Jack Leggett is no stranger to success. In 17 seasons, he has led Clemson to 769 victories (45.2 per season), 16 NCAA Tournament appearances, and six College World Series berths. Clemson is the seventh-winningest program in the nation during his time as head coach.

The enthusiastic mentor, who will turn 57 on March 5, has not built up that win total against easy competition. Of his 769 wins, 208 (27 percent) have come against teams ranked in the top 25 of at least one of the three major polls. He also has 108 wins over top-10 teams and 63 in NCAA Tournament competition.

The South Burlington, VT native has been with the program since 1992. He served as recruiting coordinator and assistant head coach under Bill Wilhelm (1992,93). He was a major contributor to two teams that were ranked in the final top 20 and reached the NCAA Regionals. The Tigers also won the ACC Tourney title in 1993.

The word "championship" is also in the lexicon of terms when summarizing Leggett's 17 years as head coach in Tigertown. In 1994, Clemson won the ACC regular-season title and went on to win the tournament title as well. In 1995, the Tigers repeated as ACC regular-season champions and won the NCAA East Regional title. The 1996 season brought Clemson another NCAA Regional title and a second consecutive berth to the College World Series. In 1999, Clemson won four games in two days to capture the Fayetteville (AR) Regional.

In 2006, the Tigers captured the Atlantic Division title with a 24-6 record and then won the ACC Tournament Championship. The Tigers also won regional titles in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, and 2010. Leggett guided Clemson to the College World Series in 2000, 2002, 2006, and 2010 as well.

Seven of the 17 years have seen the Tigers finish in the top 10 of all three major polls, and there has been at least one top-25 final ranking in 14 of the 17 seasons under Leggett.

For his accomplishments, he was named ACC Coach-of-the-Year in his first two seasons (1994,95). He is one of a few coaches in ACC history, regardless of sport, to be named ACC Coach-of-the-Year in each of his first two seasons. He also earned the same honor in 2006 when Clemson won the ACC title.

His demeanor is one of aggressiveness and passion for the game. One can see Leggett sprinting to the third-base coaching box between innings and charging into the pregame huddle to get his players fired up. He expects the same intensity and has gotten that out of his players.

His Tigers have shown excellence in all areas of the game in his 17 seasons. His first year (1994) as head coach was truly remarkable. With just three starters returning in the field, Clemson was unranked in the preseason top 20, but it quickly reached the top 20 of every poll with a two-game sweep of #9 Tennessee. Those were the first two of 19 wins over top-25 teams.

The 1994 Tigers (57-18) won a record 13 straight ACC games to open the season and ended the year with a 20-4 league ledger. After two wins over Miami (FL) in April of 1994, Clemson ascended to the #1 ranking in the nation according to Collegiate Baseball. It was just the second #1 ranking in school history.

Leggett's Tigers won the 1994 ACC regular-season title, then they captured the ACC Tournament title by winning four games against top-20 teams. It was just the fifth time in school history that the Tigers won the regular-season and ACC Tourney titles in one year. As a result, Clemson was rewarded as a regional host for the first time in 13 years.

Clemson was eliminated in the NCAA Regional, but it still concluded 1994 as the nation's winningest team. The summer following that season, Leggett was chosen to the University of Maine Hall of Fame.

In 1995, his Tigers had a 54-14 record, due in part to an offense that was in the top 10 in the nation in scoring (8.4 runs per game). The team also had six players who would go on to play in the Major Leagues. In 1996, the season ended with the Tiger pitching staff owning the best ERA (3.03) in the nation. With a record of 51-17, Clemson was fourth in the nation in wins.

The 1996 team also produced eight Major League draft picks, including seven in the first 17 rounds. Included in those selections were pitchers Kris Benson, the #1 overall pick, and Billy Koch, the #4 overall pick. It was only the second time in the history of the draft, which dates to 1965, that one school produced two of the first five picks.

In 1998, Clemson reached #3 in the nation and finished as high as #19. In 1999, Clemson was 6-6 against top-10 teams, even though just one of the 12 games was played at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

In 2000, Clemson climbed to the #1 ranking by Collegiate Baseball after opening the season 23-3. The Tigers traveled back to Omaha for the first time in four seasons. Clemson went 1-2 in the College World Series after sweeping its way through the regional and super regional rounds. The Tigers ended the year with a 51-18 record and finished second in the ACC. Clemson claimed 14 wins over top-25 teams, including 11 wins against top-10 teams.

The 2001 season saw Clemson triumph over adversity. The Tigers suffered a five-game losing streak along with the unexpected loss of seniors Patrick Boyd and Mike Proto to injury. But Clemson finished second in the ACC and was a step away from Omaha before being eliminated by eventual National Champion Miami (FL).

In 2002, Leggett received region coach-of-the-year honors by ABCA, as the Tigers were 54-17 and finished tied for third in the nation in Omaha. That team also featured eight draft picks, including unanimous National Player-of-the-Year Khalil Greene. Greene set the national career record for doubles (95) and finished second in hits (403).

In 2003, Clemson continued to win close games, as the Tigers were 15-5 in games decided by two runs or less. Michael Johnson went from undrafted out of high school to a second-round pick, as he finished his career with 58 homers, third-most in Tiger history. All four starting infielders also earned First or Second-Team All-ACC honors.

The 2004 campaign was one of adversity overcome, as Clemson started 9-10 but went 18-4 in its next 22 games. The team played in the Athens (GA) Regional and overcame a seven-run deficit to defeat host Georgia and to stay alive. But the Bulldogs rallied in the title game to claim the crown. He also coached nine Tigers who were selected in the 2004 draft.

The 2005 Tigers played one of their toughest schedules in history, which included 42 of their 66 games against teams that played in the NCAA Tournament. Clemson still managed to come within one win of a trip to the College World Series, falling in three games at Baylor in the Waco Super Regional. Clemson was 19-9 against top-25 ranked teams and won 21 ACC regular-season games, finishing in second place in the ACC standings.

In 2006, Clemson had the best ACC record (24-6) and won the ACC Tournament title. The Tigers later advanced to the College World Series and finished ranked #5 in all three polls with a 53-16 record, including a 26-9 mark against top-25 ranked teams. Clemson had a 3.26 ERA, the sixth-best figure in the nation, one of many reasons Leggett was named ACC Coach-of-the-Year. Tyler Colvin and Andy D'Alessio were both first-team All-Americans, while Josh Cribb earned third-team honors. Colvin (#13 overall pick) was one of 10 Tigers selected in the 2006 draft as well.

Clemson continued its postseason success in 2007 when it advanced to the Starkville (MS) Super Regional after winning the Myrtle Beach (SC) Regional with a 3-0 record. The squad had a 41-23 record and finished in the top 15 of all three major polls. D'Alessio tied the school record with 59 career homers. He was one of a school-record 11 draft picks from the 2007 team, five of which were taken in the first three rounds. Lefthander Daniel Moskos was the #4 overall pick of the draft.

In 2009, Leggett directed the Tigers to another super regional after the Tigers won the Clemson Regional in dramatic fashion. The Tigers trailed 5-1 in the seventh inning of the championship game against Oklahoma State before they rallied for a 6-5 win thanks to Kyle Parker's two-out, two-run single in the eighth inning. Clemson did not lose more than two games in a row all year and finished #5 in the nation in ERA. The Tigers also had nine draft picks.

The 2010 squad overcame a midseason slump to advance to the College World Series for the sixth time under Leggett. Led by Parker, a first-team All-American, Clemson swept Florida State at home in the final weekend to capture the ACC Atlantic Division title. In the Auburn Regional, Clemson defeated Auburn twice in three games to advance to the Clemson Super Regional, where the Tigers topped Alabama twice in three games. In Omaha, Clemson won two games and reached the Final Four under Leggett, who was named ABCA Atlantic Region Coach-of-the-Year.

Leggett has 1,146 career wins and is the nation's seventh-winningest active Division I head coach. He reached the 1,000-win mark in Clemson's 5-0 win at Maryland on March 25, 2007 to become just the 29th coach in Division I history to reach 1,000 career wins. At the age of 53, he also became the second-youngest coach to reach that mark.

Leggett has a 84-64 record against SEC teams as the Tiger head coach, including a 50-21 record at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. He has a .500 record or better against all eight SEC teams that he has faced as Clemson's head coach.

Leggett enters the 2011 season with a career record of 1146-646-1, seven conference championships, and 21 NCAA Tournament appearances on his resumé. So far, 97 of the players Leggett has brought to Tigertown have been drafted and/or signed a professional baseball contract.

But perhaps his most notable stat is a streak involving Omaha. Since he took over in 1994, every Tiger who has been in the program and on the postseason roster for four consecutive years has made at least one trip to the College World Series. Only three other schools in the nation have current streaks as long as the Tigers' streak.

Prior to his move to Clemson, Leggett served as a head coach for 14 years (five at Vermont, nine at Western Carolina). He already had 377 career wins, 302 at Western Carolina and 75 at Vermont, before he came to Clemson.

Leggett led Western Carolina to five NCAA Tournaments (1985-89), five SoCon titles, and a top-30 ranking during his tenure as head coach. His 1988 team set the school record for wins, posting a 38-24 record, while the 1989 squad won its fifth-consecutive Southern Conference title. The Catamounts averaged 33 wins a season during his time in Cullowhee, NC, and his teams played in the conference title game in eight of the nine seasons.

The 1991 Catamounts posted a 36-26 record. One of the 36 wins came in a 9-7 victory over Clemson on March 31, one of just 10 losses the #4 Tigers had that year. Leggett was named ABCA Atlantic Region Coach-of-the-Year and Southern Conference Coach-of-the-Year in 1987. In 1989, he was appointed to the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee and served on the committee through the 1995 season.

In his tenure at Western Carolina, Leggett produced 35 First-Team All-SoCon players, six conference players-of-the-year, and had 16 players sign pro contracts. Of the Catamounts who played under him for four seasons, 100 percent graduated and more than 50 percent compiled a 3.0-or-better GPA. He was also inducted into the Western Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.

Before going to Western Carolina for the 1983 season, Leggett spent five seasons at Vermont, where he turned the program into a consistent winner. He coached the Vermont club team in 1977, then he organized and coached the school's first intercollegiate team in 1978. At age 23, Leggett was the youngest coach in the country. He had a winning season in his first year and had a 75-61 overall record at Vermont.

Leggett graduated with honors from Maine in 1976, where he was an all-star performer in both football and baseball. He captained the 1976 Maine team that advanced to the College World Series, and he was a two-time All-Yankee Conference honoree in football as a defensive back and placekicker. He still holds the Maine record for the longest field goal, a 52-yarder.

Leggett has two children, son Tanner (27) and daughter Colby (25). Tanner lettered twice (2005,06) on the Clemson baseball team and graduated with a degree in marketing in 2006, while Colby is a graduate of Ohio State. Jack and Karen were married on August 6, 2005. Karen has four children, three daughters, Kyla (29), Kristen (28), and Kacie (26), and a son, Kenny (22).

The Leggett File
Full Name:
Jackson Scott Leggett.
Born: March 5, 1954 in Bangor, ME.
Education: Bachelor's degree in physical education and minor in history at Maine (1976)...master's degree in teacher education at Vermont (1980).
Playing Experience: Four-year letterman (baseball) at Maine (1973-76)...three-year letterman (football) at Maine (1974-76).
Coaching Experience: Head coach at Vermont (1978-82)...head coach at Western Carolina (1983-91)...assistant head coach at Clemson (1992,93)...head coach at Clemson (1994-10).
Family: Son, Tanner (27), and daughter, Colby (25)...wife, Karen...Karen has three daughters, Kyla (29), Kristen (28), and Kacie (26), and a son, Kenny (22).

Leggett's Coaching Record
Year School, Position(s) W-L NCAA
1978 Vermont, HC 11-9 -
1979 Vermont, HC 12-11 -
1980 Vermont, HC 12-16 -
1981 Vermont, HC 22-15 -
1982 Vermont, HC 18-10 -
1983 Western Carolina, HC 25-20 -
1984 Western Carolina, HC 37-20 -
1985* Western Carolina, HC 37-35 Regional
1986* Western Carolina, HC 33-28 Regional
1987* Western Carolina, HC 36-20 Regional
1988* Western Carolina, HC 38-24 Regional
1989* Western Carolina, HC 23-31 Regional
1990 Western Carolina, HC 37-25 -
1991 Western Carolina, HC 36-26 -
1992 Clemson, AHC, RC 50-14 Regional
1993* Clemson, AHC, RC 45-20 Regional
1994* Clemson, HC 57-18 Regional
1995 Clemson, HC 54-14 CWS
1996 Clemson, HC 51-17 CWS
1997 Clemson, HC 41-23 Regional
1998 Clemson, HC 43-16 Regional
1999 Clemson, HC 42-27 Super Regional
2000 Clemson, HC 51-18 CWS
2001 Clemson, HC 41-22 Super Regional
2002 Clemson, HC 54-17 CWS
2003 Clemson, HC 39-22 Regional
2004 Clemson, HC 39-26 Regional
2005 Clemson, HC 43-23 Super Regional
2006* Clemson, HC 53-16 CWS
2007 Clemson, HC 41-23 Super Regional
2008 Clemson, HC 31-27-1 -
2009 Clemson, HC 44-22 Super Regional
2010 Clemson, HC 45-25 CWS
* - conference champion



Seasons as a full-time NCAA coach: 33
Winning seasons: 31
NCAA Tournament appearances: 23
Record as an assistant coach: 95-34 (.736)
Record as a head coach: 1146-646-1 (.639)


Head Coaching Record by School
School
Seasons Years W-L Pct.
Vermont
5 1978-82 75-61 .551
Western Carolina
9 1983-91 302-229 .569
Clemson
17 1994-2010 769-356-1 .683
Totals
31 1978-91,
1994-10
1146-646-1 .639


Clemson Head Coaching Record
Year Overall ACC Finish
NCAA
1994^ 57-18 20-4 1st
Regional
1995 54-14 20-4 1st
CWS
1996 51-17 17-7 2nd
CWS
1997 41-23 13-10 4th
Regional
1998 43-16 14-9 T-2nd
Regional
1999 42-27 13-10 3rd
Super Regional
2000 51-18 17-7 2nd
CWS
2001 41-22 17-7 2nd
Super Regional
2002 54-17 16-8 4th
CWS
2003 39-22 15-9 T-3rd
Regional
2004 39-26 14-10 T-4th
Regional
2005 43-23 21-9 2nd
Super Regional
2006^ 53-16 24-6 *1st
CWS
2007 41-23 18-12 *2nd
Super Regional
2008 31-27-1 11-18-1 *4th
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2009 44-22 19-11 *2nd
Super Regional
2010 45-25 18-12 *T-1st
CWS


* - Atlantic Division; ^ - ACC Tournament Champion
Leggett Comments:

Coaching Influences
"Obviously, I admire Bill Wilhelm. He taught me so much. I will never forget him for giving me this opportunity to coach at a great program.
"I had some great coaches at Maine. Jack Butterfield and John Winkin were tremendous coaches there. Walter Abbott was my football coach at Maine, and he taught me a lot about mental toughness. Jack Bicknell was also a football coach who influenced me.
"Paul Jordan was my high school football coach. He taught me what it takes to be a winner, and he taught me about the benefits of self-sacrifice, how to be organized, and how to prepare for a game. Vermont's former athletic director (Rick Farnham) is also a coach who I drew a lot from."

Doug Kingsmore Stadium
"Doug Kingsmore Stadium is one of the top baseball facilities in the country. I am certainly prejudiced, but I think we have the finest facility when one takes into account the players, the fans, the media, and the support personnel.
"We have some unique features in our ballpark, with the terrace and the close proximity of the fans. But the greatest feature is the fan support. We have finished in the top 20 in the nation in average attendance each of the last 17 years. Our fans make it an exciting atmosphere. We have a season-ticket base of 3,500 fans, so there is strong support for the program."

Goals for the Program
"We strive to go to Omaha every year. We put `Omaha' on the back of our caps, because I want our players to know every day what we are striving for.

"Our daily goals are to play at a national championship level. We strive to exhibit the discipline necessary in everything we do, both on and off the field, to win the national title. We talk about it...we don't hide that."
Philosophies of Baseball
"I like to play a very aggressive game. You have to take the action to the opposition and force it into mistakes. I like to hit-and-run, bunt, and be aggressive on the bases. I am not a coach who likes to sit back for the big inning.
"Consistency on defense is very important. It all begins on the mound. You can tell in our recruiting that it's an area we stress, because that's what carries you in the postseason."
Playing Experiences
"I enjoyed my college baseball experience at Maine. I was fortunate to play in the College World Series in 1976. It was a memorable time. I can tell you who we played, what the score was, players on the other teams, what I did in each at-bat, the player introductions, what hotel we stayed in, and the plane we took to get there.
"Being there as a player and enjoying the experience, it motivates me to make it happen for our players."
Selling Points of the Clemson Program
"First of all, we have a great tradition. If a young man wants to get involved in a program that strives to go to Omaha and has a goal of winning the national title, this is the place to be. That has been the case here for many years. We have been to Omaha six of the last 16 years and 12 times overall. It is a program that has not had a losing season since 1957 and has been to the NCAA Tournament 23 of the last 24 years.
"In every good program, there is a strong tradition. We are fortunate that Bill Wilhelm set that tradition for us. He coached here 36 years and never had a losing season. I don't see many coaches duplicating that feat in college baseball.
"I was a history minor in college at Maine, so I know how important that aspect is to a program. He brought it great stability. I appreciate what he did for me and what he did for this program.

"We saw the impact of that tradition in the fall of 2009 when we had a reunion of former Clemson baseball players. It was one of the most rewarding weekends of my professional career. We had former players from many different decades return to Clemson for an alumni game. We had former Major League players and walk-ons who all have a common bond for this program. It is one of the strengths of this program and this University.
"Second, we have the facilities and administrative backing to compete for the national title. That is something I would be looking for as a player. Doug Kingsmore Stadium is one of the nation's top facilities. We finished a multi-million-dollar renovation last decade and have made additional upgrades, including the new Thomas F. Chapman Grandstand in left field, that makes it the nation's best college stadium. It has been accomplished in a first-class manner in every aspect.
"Third, we have a tradition of playing host to regionals at Clemson, and that means we have fan support. You don't host regionals without drawing sellout crowds. The people in this community really embrace this program.
"Fourth, Vickery Hall, our student-athlete enrichment center, is among the best in the country. The programs at Vickery Hall show that Clemson cares about its student-athletes in all phases of his or her life. Any student-athlete at Clemson knows he or she has the chance to be successful in the classroom and graduate from Clemson."

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