Leggett Takes A Leap Of Faith
Following the 2005 baseball season, there was immediate talks of a trip to Omaha and contending for a National Championship in 2006. The hopes and talk were frozen amid rumors that Head Coach Jack Leggett was entertaining talks with Texas A&M and Oklahoma.
Coach Leggett quickly came out on Wednesday and said he would be returning to Clemson.
Fear quickly returned to excitement. Leggett's return was very important to success in 2005. Also, his staff of Tom Riginos, Kevin O'Sullivan, and Bradley Lecroy will stay intact for another year. This staff did an amazing job with a very young team in 2005 and deserves a strong commitment from the Athletic Department at Clemson.
The tradition, facilities, and talent for Clemson baseball rank among the best in the country. There is no reason why the salaries of the coaching staff should not as well. This is an area where Terry Don Phillips deserves credit.
When Tommy Bowden and Company put together a strong finish to the 2003 season, he was immediately rewarded and locked up for the future. Now, look at the dividends the continuity is paying in recruiting this year. Oliver Purnell has already been award with a contract extension with the men's basketball program, and his team proved they could play with the best as they played National Champion UNC right to the wire.
Coach Leggett proved this season that the baseball program is headed in the right direction. The program was hurt by the MLB draft in recent years, but now is back on solid grown and climbing. The Tigers hosted an NCAA regional for the first time since 2002, and finished second in the ACC regular season standings. These strides will not go unnoticed.
Coach Leggett hinted on WCCP 104.9 FM with Dan Scott that an agreement was forthcoming. Dr. Phillips has never shyed away from stating his expectations, and he has never ignored results. You can expect to see Coach Leggett in the middle of mosh pit with his players for many years to come a Doug Kingsmore Stadium.