American Baseball Coaches Association Board member and Hall of Fame inductee Jack Stallings passed away on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Stallings coached at the collegiate level for 39 years (1960-1999) at Georgia Southern, Florida State and his alma mater, Wake Forest, amassing a career record of 1,257-799-10 (.608).
Stallings served as ABCA President in 1980 and Chairman of the ABCA Board of Directors from 1989-1992. He was inducted into the ABCA Hall of Fame in 1988 and is also a member of the Georgia Southern Athletics Hall of Fame and Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame.
Stallings received the 1979 ABCA/Wilson Lefty Gomez Award in recognition of his contributions to the sport at a global level. He was an active international ambassador, taking part in clinics in numerous countries in addition to twice serving as a United States National Team coach and a U.S. Olympic Team administrator.
A four-time Trans-America Athletic Conference Coach of the Year and two-time Southern Conference Baseball Coach of the Year, Stallings remains the winningest baseball coach in Georgia Southern history with 859 wins. Stallings led the Eagles to their second College World Series appearance in 1990 after also making appearances as an assistant coach for the 1955 Wake Forest national championship team and as head coach of the Florida State Seminoles that were runners-up in 1970. GSU retired Stallings’ No. 1 jersey and the Eagles’ field was also named after Stallings on Feb. 19, 2005.
In addition to his coaching duties, Stallings also held a faculty position as Associate Professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Georgia Southern.
Born in 1931, the Durham, N.C. native and Wake Forest graduate, authored two books, "Teaching Baseball" and "Psychology of Coaching and Playing Sports."
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