Joliet Junior College's Wayne L. King, Jr. gets 900th career baseball victory
April 10, 2012
Joliet Junior College Head Baseball Coach, Wayne L. King, Jr. has reached 900 career victories. On Tuesday, April 10, 2012, the Wolves defeated Harper College by a score of 12-4 to give King this latest milestone.
Wayne L. King, Jr., who is in his 26th season at JJC, has made 10 appearances at the NJCAA Division III World Series. The 1994 and 2008 teams claimed the national championship. King has led his teams to 14 Region IV championships, 10 District B championships, and 7 N4C conference championships. He has had eight teams earn 40 or more wins in a season.
King has produced 36 NJCAA All-Americans, placed over 90% of sophomores in four year institutions, and has had four players selected in the MLB amateur draft. Coach King has been named NJCAA and ABCA Division III Coach of the Year twice, Junior College Coach of the Year by the Pitch and Hit Club of Chicago three times, N4C Conference Coach of the Year seven times, NJCAA District B Coach of the Year ten times and Region IV Coach of the Year 14 times.
In 2009, the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) inducted Wayne L. King, Jr. into the NJCAA Baseball Hall of Fame. He is currently 1st in wins for the NJCAA Division III active all-time coaching records and 17th overall for all divisions. During the Fall of 2009, the JJC Board of Trustees named the Joliet Junior College baseball field, Wayne L. King, Jr. Field. King is also a member of the Region IV Hall of Fame, along with his 1994 and 2008 title teams, as well as the Beaver Local High School (OH) Hall of Fame.
King has served as JJC’s Director of Athletics since 1995 and has served as chair of the Region IV baseball committee since 1998.