TC161: Wayne King Joliet JC

We’re making the short drive up old Route 66 today to talk to the long time head coach at Joliet Junior College, Wayne King. The home to the Blues Brothers and Rudy, Joliet also lays claim to being the first two-year college in the country.

How many coaches can say they’re going to work every day on a field named in their honor? That’s what success can do for you — success in winning, moving players on to the next level, promoting great academics, and turning out young men with character. Coach King just passed 1,000 wins for his career and was named ABCA NJCAA D3 Region Coach of the Year. He’s also won three national championships as well as many region titles.  Joliet Junior College will complete the construction of a $27 million facility in 2017 that will greatly aid the school and the baseball team.

In this episode, we talk quite a bit about recruiting, especially the way it’s framed at the junior college level, where you are working on recruiting on both sides of the JUCO experience. Coach King explains the difference between D1, D2, and D3 in the JUCO ranks. He also touches on just what it means to be successful.

Coach King notes that his wife is “the best assistant coach I’ve ever had.”

Follow Joliet Junior College Baseball on Twitter.

Photo credit: Michael DiNovo

Intro Music: Matt’s Blues, Kevin MacLeod (
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