On The Fence
Bobby Leach "The Rooster" | 4/22/2015, 8:10 p.m.
One of the more prominent baseball coaches in the Joliet area has reached his 1000th win. Joliet Junior College head baseball coach and athletic director Wayne King reached the milestone after the Wolves handed Milwaukee Area Technical College an 11-3 loss last week. While wins and losses don't define a good coach, it is very hard not to point to coach King's win record as an example of excellence.
Coach King has guided the Wolves to National Championships in 1994, 2008 and 2012, finished as runner-ups in 1995 and 2007 as well as a pair of third place finishes in 1997 and 2006. Coach King also led Joliet to fifteen Region 4 championships in his 29 years as head coach. Incidentally, Coach King was inducted into the NJCAA Baseball Coaches Hall of fame in 2009.
King’s coaching success has not gone unnoticed. He has been voted Coach of the Year in the competitive N4C 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. King was inducted into the Region IV Hall of Fame by his fellow Region IV athletic directors as an administrator/coach in 2004. The JJC baseball field was officially named Wayne L. King, Jr. Field in a field dedication ceremony in 2009.
It is hard to imagine Joliet Junior College without the services of coach King and while the years of success continue to stack up, catching a Wolves game for any local baseball fan is a must. Coach King is not only a winner on the field but offers so much more off the field. My advice is to make an effort to see a game and introduce yourself. Wisdom of his sort is extremely hard to come by and his advice may very well be among the most valuable for any aspiring athlete.