BANGOR, Maine - Husson University Sports Hall of Fame inductee and legendary baseball coach John Winkin has been selected as one of eight inductees for the 2017 New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) Hall of Fame class.
Winkin coached at Husson from 1997-2008, serving as head coach from 2004-2008. He went 93-70 at Husson and earned his 1,000th career win on March 12, 2006, as the Eagles defeated Drew by a score of 6-3. He was respected throughout the state of Maine and beyond, and he coached at the University of Maine for 22 years, leading the Black Bears to six NCAA Division I College World Series appearances. He coached at Colby College for 20 years before that.
He was inducted into the Husson Sports Hall of Fame in 2009, and, most recently, Winkin was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013. Additionally, Husson's Winkin Complex, home to the baseball, field hockey, and football teams, is named in honor of Coach Winkin, as his vision and generous donations helped transform Husson's baseball field into a multi-sport complex.
Below is a snapshot of Coach Winkin's storied career:
- Served in World War II as a Lt. Commander in the Navy.
- Founding Editor of Sport Magazine.
- Earned his Bachelor's degree from Duke where he played baseball, basketball, and soccer.
- Earned his Master's and Doctorate from Columbia University.
- Thesis for his doctorate was on statistical possibilities of the double play.
- Served as a scout for the Boston Red Sox for several years.
- Worked with Ted Williams at his summer baseball camp for 15 years.
- Was bridge partners and close friends with Vince Lombardi.
- Was once a pre-game announcer for the New York Yankees.
- First man to host a pregame TV show (with Mel Allen and Curt Gowdy).
- Head Coach of Colby College from 1955-1974 (301-202-5).
- Named National Coach of the year in 1965.
- Head Coach of the University of Maine, 1975-1996 (642-430-3); went to the College World Series 6 times: 1976, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986.
- Won College Division I National Coach of the Year.
- Coach of the 1983 U.S. National Team that included Mark McGwire.
- Winkin's UMaine assistant Stump Merrill went on to manage the New York Yankees.
- Wrote four books, including the Baseball Coaching Bible and Maximizing Baseball Practice Indoors that are still available and marketed in print and/or on video.
- Coached Major Leaguers Bert Roberge, Bill Swift, Mark Sweeney and Mike Bordick.
- Became an assistant coach at Husson College in 1997, Head Coach in 2004