April 20, 2015
King earns 1,000 career victories at Joliet Junior College
By Stephanie Kneip
Joliet Junior College head baseball coach, Wayne L. King, Jr. has reached a milestone that few coaches endure. On April 19, the Wolves defeated N4C conference opponent Milwaukee Area Technical College by a score of 11-3 to claim King’s 1,000th career victory with Joliet Junior College.
“This is a very nice honor,” head coach Wayne L. King, Jr. said. “The kids and coaches who have been a part of this program are the ones to thank.”
King, who is in his 29th season at the helm, is one of the most decorated coaches in the history of JJC. During King’s tenure, he has guided his teams to three NJCAA national championships (1994, 2008, 2012), two national runner-up finishes (1995, 2007), and two third place finishes (1997, 2006). He has made 11 total NJCAA World Series appearances, has earned 15 Region IV Division III championships, and claimed 7 North Central Community College Conference (N4C) titles.
Coach King’s coaching success has not gone unnoticed. He has been voted Coach of the Year in the competitive N4C conference seven times. For the Wolves success in 1994, 2008, and 2012, he was named NJCAA Division III National Coach of the Year, Coach of the Year for the Division III World Series, and District B Coach of the Year. He was named to the Region IV Hall of Fame as an administer/coach by his fellow athletic directors in 2004. In 2009, Wayne King was inducted as a member of the NJCAA Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame. Later that year, the JJC baseball field was officially named Wayne L. King, Jr. Field in a dedication ceremony.
King has had eight 40 plus win seasons throughout his career along with a school best 49-11 record in 2008. He has coached 41 NJCAA Division III All-Americans, 123 all-region players, and has had 110 named to the N4C all-conference team. He has had two NJCAA Division III National Player of the Year recipients and has had three NJCAA Division III Gold Glove award winners.
“It is humbling to think that we could reach the 1,000 win mark,” King stated. “A big thanks to everyone who has been associated with our program.”
King’s 2015 squad has a current overall record of 23-17 and is 14-4 in the N4C conference.