Leggett served for 22 years at the helm of the Clemson baseball program, winning 955 games and advancing to the College World Series six times with the last appearance in 2010.
“This decision was not an easy one,” Radakovich said. “Jack Leggett has served this
institution with distinction for 24 years, the last 22 as head coach. It’s fair to
say Clemson Baseball has been competitive over the last few years, but our objective
is success, defined by competing for ACC Championships and winning in the NCAA
Tournament. I have high expectations – and I know our fans and student-athletes have
great expectations – for our baseball program.”
Clemson finished the 2015 baseball season with a 32-29 overall record and dropped a
pair of games at the Fullerton Regional of the NCAA Tournament.
Leggett became Clemson’s 26th head coach in 1994, following the 36-year tenure of
Bill Wilhelm. With 477 wins at Vermont and Western Carolina, Leggett’s 1332 overall
wins rank him 10th all-time among Division I baseball coaches and fifth among active
coaches. Before taking the reigns in 1994, the South Burlington, Vermont, native
served as the recruiting coordinator and assistant head coach under Wilhelm in 1992
and 1993 and was a major contributor to teams ranked in the final Top 20 and
advanced to the NCAA Regionals. In 1993, the Tigers captured the ACC Tournament
After taking over as head coach in 1994, Clemson won the ACC regular-season title
and went on to win the conference tournament title. The following year, 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 and in 1999, Clemson won four games in two days to
capture the Fayetteville (Ark.) Regional. In 2006, the Tigers captured the Atlantic
Division title with a 24-6 record and 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. For all his accomplishments, Leggett was inducted into the ABCA Hall of Fame
in January 2014 in Dallas, Texas.
“Jack has meant so much over the last 22 years as a head coach at Clemson that I
could not do justice to his impact on our program,” Radakovich said. “His
contributions as an assistant to a Hall of Fame coach in Bill Wilhelm followed by
becoming a Hall of Fame Coach himself speak to his achievements. Many players have
been beneficiaries of Jack’s leadership and service, and for that Clemson will
always be grateful.”
Radakovich announced an immediate search for Leggett’s successor.
“Clemson Baseball is a premier brand and positioned to compete for championships in
the near future,” Radakovich said. “Following the great work of Coaches Wilhelm and
Leggett, this is a program that will build upon a solid foundation. And I know we’re
going to find the right coach to continue the tradition of excellence we all
Leggett out at Clemson
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