Former Clemson coach Bill Wilhelm was among eight who were inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday in Lubbock, Texas.
Wilhelm, who died last December, coached at Clemson 36 years (1958-93) and never had a losing season. His 1,161-win total was fifth-best in the nation at the time of his retirement and still is in the top 20. Wilhelm won 19 regular season ACC championships, seven ACC tournament titles, and remains the career wins leader in the ACC with 381. Wilhelm's teams were immediately successful, with the 28-year-old head coach taking his first two teams to the College World Series in Omaha in 1958 and 1959. He also had CWS teams in 1976, 1977, 1980 and 1991.
Among Wilhelm's legacies was his invention of the ACC tournament, which began in 1973 and provided the template for other conferences around the nation.
The Hall class included one other with ACC ties in Dick Groat, who was a star shortstop at Duke.
Clemson's Miller honored
Clemson junior Brad Miller received the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award in Lubbock. The award was presented along with four other national awards.
The 2011 ACC player of the year, he led the ACC in batting average (.395) and on-base percentage (.498). He also had 11 doubles, three triples, five homers, 50 RBIs, 53 runs and 21 stolen bases in 56 games (54 starts).
Miller was drafted in the second round of the major league draft by the Seattle Mariners.