John Winkin

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John W. Winkin Jr.

Biographical information[edit]

John Winkin was the baseball coach of Husson College in Maine through 2008. At 86, he was believed to be the oldest active coach in the NCAA, in any sport.

Winkin earned his bachelor's degree from Duke University where he played baseball, basketball, and soccer; Jack Coombs was the baseball coach at the time. He served in World War II as a Lt. Commander in the Navy on the destroyer USS McCall, that was based out of Pearl Harbor at the time of the infamous Japanese attack; the vessel was returning from a mission on December 6, 1941, and thus escaped destruction, although it was close enough from port that its crew saw the attack unfold.

He first pursued a career in journalism, because it was considered more prestigious than coaching. He was one of the founding editors of Sport Magazine. He was once a pre-game announcer for the New York Yankees, being the first man to host a pregame TV show (with Mel Allen and Curt Gowdy). He then resumed his studies and earned his Master's and doctorate degree in education from Columbia University. His thesis for his doctorate was on statistical possibilities of the double play. During that time, he was coaching high school football at Dwight Morrow High School in his hometown of Englewood, NJ.

He served as a scout for the Boston Red Sox for several years and worked with Ted Williams at his summer baseball camp for 15 years. He was bridge partners and close friends with Vince Lombardi.

He became the head coach of Colby College, in Maine, in 1954, at the recommendation of Jack Coombs, and held the job until 1974; his record was 301-202-5. He also held the position of athletic director at the school. He was named national coach of the year in 1965. Two of his players, Norm Gigon and Ed Phillips, went on to play in the major leagues.

He was named head coach of the University of Maine in 1975, holding the job until 1996. His record there was 642-430-3 and he went to the College World Series 6 times: 1976, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984 and 1986. His players during that fruitful period included Bert Roberge, Bill Swift and Mike Bordick. His assistant with the Black Bears, Stump Merrill, went on to manage the New York Yankees. After leaving the University of Maine, he became an assistant coach at Husson College in 1997 under John Kolasinski and took over as head coach when Kolasinski left in 2003. He suffered a stroke in December of 2007, but came back to coach a final season in 2008 before retiring.

Winkin coached the United States national team that included Mark McGwire in 1983.

He 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. He was still a regular attendee at the College World Series into his 90s.

He was elected to the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013.

Year-by-Year Coaching Record[edit]

Year School Overall Record Conference Record Notes
1955 Colby College
1956 Colby College
1957 Colby College
1958 Colby College CWS District Tournaments
1959 Colby College
1960 Colby College
1961 Colby College CWS District Tournaments
1962 Colby College
1963 Colby College
1964 Colby College
1965 Colby College
1966 Colby College CWS District Tournaments
1967 Colby College
1968 Colby College
1969 Colby College
1970 Colby College
1971 Colby College
1972 Colby College
1973 Colby College
1974 Colby College
1975 University of Maine 25-8-1 6-2-1 CWS Regionals
1976 University of Maine 29-9 6-2 CWS Regionals / CWS
1977 University of Maine 24-11 5-3
1978 University of Maine 20-9 4-4
1979 University of Maine 23-9 7-3
1980 University of Maine 23-13-1 5-3 CWS Regionals
1981 University of Maine 32-14 14-2 CWS Regionals / CWS
1982 University of Maine 35-13 CWS Regionals / CWS
1983 University of Maine 29-16 11-1 CWS Regionals / CWS
1984 University of Maine 33-20 15-3 CWS Regionals / CWS
1985 University of Maine 38-17 11-0
1986 University of Maine 41-23 13-1 CWS Regionals / CWS
1987 University of Maine 24-23 8-6
1988 University of Maine 33-24 11-2
1989 University of Maine 32-26 16-3
1990 University of Maine 42-20 12-3 CWS Regionals
1991 University of Maine 48-18 14-1 CWS Regionals
1992 University of Maine 19-24-1 11-11
1993 University of Maine 33-27 22-4 North Atlantic / CWS Regionals
1994 University of Maine 20-33 13-12 North Atlantic
1995 University of Maine 20-37 11-13 North Atlantic
1996 University of Maine 19-36 12-8 North Atlantic
2004 Husson University 27-15 10-2
2005 Husson University 25-17 9-3
2006 Husson University 27-16 8-4
2007 Husson University 14-23 7-5

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