Clemson
Wilhelm

The Associated Press

CLEMSON, S.C. -- Former Clemson head baseball coach Bill Wilhelm, who led the Tigers to more than 1,100 wins and six College World Series appearances, has died. The school says Wilhelm died Friday morning at Oconee Memorial Hospital at age 81. A cause of death was not given.

Wilhelm coached the Tigers from 1958 to 1993 and never had a losing season, finishing with a record of 1,161-536-10. He was the fifth-winningest coach in NCAA history when he retired. Under Wilhelm, Clemson won at least a share of 17 regular-season ACC titles, including seven in a row from 1973-79.

He also Coached 20 All-Americans and 27 players who went on to play in the major leagues and guided the Tigers to 17 NCAA tournament appearances, including CWS trips in 1958, ’59, ’76, ’77, ’80 and ’91. The 1991 team set the school record with 60 wins.

Current Clemson head coach Jack Leggett says Wilhelm built a strong foundation for the Tigers baseball program and was kind enough to share his wisdom about the sport after he took over.