Wilkerson earns national coaching award

Published 12:29 pm Friday, June 4, 2010

The accolades keep pouring in for St. Aloysius.

Coach Clint Wilkerson was selected as the American Baseball Coaches Association’s Region 6 High School Coach of the Year on Thursday, the latest honor in a season full of them.

Region 6 includes Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Texas. Wilkerson and the seven other regional winners are also eligible for the ABCA’s national coach of the year award, which will be selected at the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., later this month and presented at the organization’s convention in January in Nashville.

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The ABCA has more than 6,200 members in all 50 states and 22 countries, and includes coaches from high school, junior college and NCAA.

“It’s kind of surreal. I never thought about it like that,” Wilkerson said of being picked as the top coach in the five-state region. “To get this award is fantastic. I’ve just been blessed to be around a lot of good players and family, and people that supported me.”

Earlier this week Wilkerson was named the Mississippi Association of Coaches Class 1A Coach of the Year for leading St. Al to its second consecutive state championship. One of his players, pitcher Stephen Evans, was picked as the Class 1A Player of the Year and six others made the all-state team. Evans, Pierson Waring and Ryno Martin-Nez were also selected to play in the Crossroads Diamond Club 1A-2A-3A All-Star Game Saturday at Trustmark Park.

In six seasons at St. Al, Wilkerson has a 125-50 record. Fifty of those wins came in the past two years, when St. Al won back-to-back Class 1A championships. St. Al is the first team to repeat as Class 1A champs since Stringer won three in arow from 1991-93, and the first Warren County team since an earlier generation of Flashes won the Class B and BB titles in 1975 and ‘76.

St. Al went 22-8 this season and beat Myrtle in three games in the Class 1A finals.

“It’s just been a great year,” Wilkerson said. “We’ve had a lot of trials and tribulations. Looking back on it, providence settled in on our club. Good things come to people who work harder than everybody else, and that’s us.”