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Joe Boozell | NCAA.com | May 10, 2017

How hard is it to repeat as College World Series champions?

  Coastal Carolina bested Arizona in the 2016 College World Series.

With so much talent dispersed throughout the country, winning the World College World Series once is a grand accomplishment. But going back back to back?

It’s extraordinarily difficult. But not impossible.

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The last team to repeat was South Carolina, which did so in 2010 and 2011. Coastal Carolina, which doesn’t look as strong as it did last season, will fight an up-hill battle in order to repeat this year. The good news: the Chanticleers started last season 20-10 before going 35-8 in their next 43 games to finish 55-18. Gary Gilmore’s squad sits at 24-15-1 as of this writing. It will need an even spicier hot streak in order to take home the crown again.

Take a look below at every College World Series champion, and runner-up, since 1947. Repeat title-winners are bolded:

Year Champion (Record) Coach Score Runner-Up Site
2016 Coastal Carolina (55-18) Gary Gilmore 4-3 Arizona Omaha, Neb.
2015 Virginia (44-24) Brian O'Connor 4-2 Vanderbilt Omaha, Neb.
2014 Vanderbilt (51-21) Tim Corbin 3-2 Virginia Omaha, Neb.
2013 UCLA (49-17) John Savage 8-0 Mississippi State Omaha, Neb.
2012 Arizona (48-17) Andy Lopez 4-1 South Carolina Omaha, Neb.
2011 South Carolina (55-14) Ray Tanner 5-2 Florida Omaha, Neb.
2010 South Carolina (54-16) Ray Tanner 2-1 (11 inn.) UCLA Omaha, Neb.
2009 LSU (56-17) Paul Mainieri 11-4 Texas Omaha, Neb.
2008 Fresno State (47-31) Mike Batesole 6-1 Georgia Omaha, Neb.
2007 Oregon State (49-18) Pat Casey 9-3 North Carolina Omaha, Neb.
2006 Oregon State (50-16) Pat Casey 3-2 North Carolina Omaha, Neb.
2005 Texas (56-16) Augie Garrido 6-2 Florida Omaha, Neb.
2004 Cal St. Fullerton (47-22) George Horton 3-2 Texas Omaha, Neb.
2003 Rice (58-12) Wayne Graham 14-2 Stanford Omaha, Neb.
2002 Texas (57-15) Augie Garrido 12-6 South Carolina Omaha, Neb.
2001 Miami (Fla.) (53-12) Jim Morris 12-1 Stanford Omaha, Neb.
2000 LSU (52-17) Skip Bertman 6-5 Stanford Omaha, Neb.
1999 Miami (Fla.) (50-13) Jim Morris 6-5 Florida State Omaha, Neb.
1998 Southern California (49-17) Mike Gillespie 21-14 Arizona State Omaha, Neb.
1997 LSU (57-13) Skip Bertman 13-6 Alabama Omaha, Neb.
1996 LSU (52-15) Skip Bertman 9-8 Miami (Fla.) Omaha, Neb.
1995 Cal St. Fullerton (57-9) Augie Garrido 11-5 Southern California Omaha, Neb.
1994 Oklahoma (50-17) Larry Cochell 13-5 Georgia Tech Omaha, Neb.
1993 LSU (53-17-1) Skip Bertman 8-0 Wichita State Omaha, Neb.
1992 Pepperdine Andy Lopez 3-2 Cal St. Fullerton Omaha, Neb.
1991 LSU (55-18) Skip Bertman 6-3 Wichita State Omaha, Neb.
1990 Georgia (52-19) Steve Webber 2-1 Oklahoma State Omaha, Neb.
1989 Wichita State (68-16) Gene Stephenson 5-3 Texas Omaha, Neb.
1988 Stanford (46-23) Mark Marquess 9-4 Arizona State Omaha, Neb.
1987 Stanford (53-17) Mark Marquess 9-5 Oklahoma State Omaha, Neb.
1986 Arizona (49-19) Jerry Kindall 10-2 Florida State Omaha, Neb.
1985 Miami (Fla.) (64-16) Ron Fraser 10-6 Texas Omaha, Neb.
1984 Cal St. Fullerton (66-20) Augie Garrido 3-1 Texas Omaha, Neb.
1983 Texas (66-14) Cliff Gustafson 4-3 Alabama Omaha, Neb.
1982 Miami (Fla.) (55-17-1) Ron Fraser 9-3 Wichita State Omaha, Neb.
1981 Arizona State (55-13) Jim Brock 7-4 Oklahoma State Omaha, Neb.
1980 Arizona (45-21-1) Jerry Kindall 5-3 Hawaii Omaha, Neb.
1979 Cal St. Fullerton (60-14-1) Augie Garrido 2-1 Arkansas Omaha, Neb.
1978 Southern California (54-9) Rod Dedeaux 10-3 Arizona State Omaha, Neb.
1977 Arizona State (57-12) Jim Brock 2-1 South Carolina Omaha, Neb.
1976 Arizona (56-17) Jerry Kindall 7-1 Eastern Michigan Omaha, Neb.
1975 Texas (59-6) Cliff Gustafson 5-1 South Carolina Omaha, Neb.
1974 Southern California (50-20) Rod Dedeaux 7-3 Miami (Fla.) Omaha, Neb.
1973 Southern California (51-11) Rod Dedeaux 4-3 Arizona State Omaha, Neb.
1972 Southern California (47-13-1) Rod Dedeaux 1-0 Arizona State Omaha, Neb.
1971 Southern California (46-11) Rod Dedeaux 5-2 Southern Illinois Omaha, Neb.
1970 Southern California (45-13) Rod Dedeaux 2-1 (15 inn.) Florida State Omaha, Neb.
1969 Arizona State (56-11) Bobby Winkles 10-1 Tulsa Omaha, Neb.
1968 Southern California (43-12-1) Rod Dedeaux 4-3 Southern Illinois Omaha, Neb.
1967 Arizona State (53-12) Bobby Winkles 11-0 Houston Omaha, Neb.
1966 Ohio State (27-6-1) Marty Karow 8-2 Oklahoma State Omaha, Neb.
1965 Arizona State (54-8) Bobby Winkles 2-0 Ohio State Omaha, Neb.
1964 Minnesota (31-12) Dick Siebert 5-1 Missouri Omaha, Neb.
1963 Southern California (35-10) Rod Dedeaux 5-2 Arizona Omaha, Neb.
1962 Michigan (34-15) Don Lund 5-4 (15 inn.) Santa Clara Omaha, Neb.
1961 Southern California (36-7) Rod Dedeaux 1-0 Oklahoma State Omaha, Neb.
1960 Minnesota (34-7-1) Dick Siebert 2-1 (10 inn.) Southern California Omaha, Neb.
1959 Oklahoma State (27-5) Toby Greene 5-0 Arizona Omaha, Neb.
1958 Southern California (29-3) Rod Dedeaux 8-7 (12 inn.) Missouri Omaha, Neb.
1957 California (35-10) George Wolfman 1-0 Penn State Omaha, Neb.
1956 Minnesota (37-9) Dick Siebert 12-1 Arizona Omaha, Neb.
1955 Wake Forest (29-7) Taylor Sanford 7-6 Western Michigan Omaha, Neb.
1954 Missouri (22-4) John "Hi" Simmons 4-1 Rollins Omaha, Neb.
1953 Michigan (21-9) Ray Fisher 7-5 Texas Omaha, Neb.
1952 Holy Cross (21-3) Jack Barry 8-4 Missouri Omaha, Neb.
1951 Oklahoma (19-9) Jack Baer 3-2 Tennessee Omaha, Neb.
1950 Texas (27-6) Bibb Falk 3-0 Washington State Omaha, Neb.
1949 Texas (23-7) Bibb Falk 10-3 Wake Forest Wichita, Kan.
1948 Southern California (26-4) Sam Barry 9-2 Yale Kalamazoo, Mich.
1947 California (31-10) Clint Evans 8-7 Yale Kalamazoo, Mich.

A few tidbits we can glean from the info above:

  • Yeah, repeating is hard. Only six schools have done it: Texas, USC, Stanford, LSU, Oregon State and South Carolina.
  • USC is the only school to three-peat…. And then some. The Trojans took first place five years in a row between 1970 and 1974. What a time it was for college athletics in Los Angeles – USC was ruling the baseball world around the same time John Wooden and UCLA were dominating college basketball.
  • USC won six titles in seven years. The Trojans won it all in 1968, too.
  • Arizona State was close to achieving USC-like greatness in the 1960s. The Sun Devils won three College World Series’ in five years – but they alternated seasons and never repeated.
  • Speaking of the state of Arizona, a random nugget: twice in the span of six years, ASU won the championship a year after Arizona. In 1976, the Wildcats won the title. The Sun Devils claimed it in 1977. In 1980, Arizona won it again. Arizona State followed suit in 1981.
  • Five schools have repeated as national runner-up: Yale, Arizona State, Texas, Stanford and North Carolina. Stanford finished second in three out of four years between 2000 and 2003.
  • Texas won the College World Series in 1983. In 1984, it came in second. Vanderbilt, in 2014 and 2015, did the same. Those are the only two schools to win the College World Series one year and finish as runner-up the next.
  • Four teams – USC (1960-61), Ohio State (1965-66), Texas (2004-05) and Virginia (2014-15) have finished second one year and won the College World Series the next. Redemption tours at their finest.