|Jim Wells - Assistant Baseball Coach|
One of the all-time winningest baseball coaches in Southeastern Conference history, Jim Wells has returned to the collegiate ranks to serve as a second-year assistant coach on Chris Rose’s baseball staff at East Mississippi Community College.
A 2009 inductee into the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Wells oversees and advises EMCC’s coaching staff with day-to-day administrative and strategic aspects of the Lions’ baseball program.
Three years removed from the collegiate coaching ranks, Wells retired in 2009 after 15 seasons as the head baseball coach at the University of Alabama. Inheriting a once-downtrodden baseball program in Tuscaloosa back in 1994, Wells quickly revived and methodically transformed the UA program into a perennial SEC baseball powerhouse over two decades.
As the University of Alabama’s all-time winningest baseball coach with a career mark of 625-321 and .661 winning percentage, Wells guided the Crimson Tide to two Southeastern Conference championships (1996 and 2006), six SEC Tournament titles (1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2002 and 2003), three SEC Western Division crowns (1996, 2002 and 2006), and 12 NCAA Regional appearances during his tenure. He also led UA to four NCAA Regional championships (1996, 1997, 1999 and 2006), two NCAA Super Regional appearances (1999 and 2006) and three trips to the coveted College World Series (1996, 1997 and 1999) in Omaha, Neb.
For his teams’ accomplishments at Alabama, Wells was twice named SEC Coach of the Year (1996 and 2002) by his coaching peers. In addition, he was tabbed National Coach of the Year by the Baseball America publication after directing the 1997 Crimson Tide ballclub to the finest season in school history. En route to producing a school-record 56 victories, the 1997 Alabama squad advanced to the national championship game of the College World Series on the heels of capturing the SEC Tournament title and subsequent NCAA South II regional crown. In addition, Wells earned 1999 South Region Coach of the Year honors by the American Baseball Coaches Association.
Along with the championship hardware he brought to the Capstone during his 15 seasons in Tuscaloosa, Wells helped produce 10 major league players while more than 500 of his Crimson Tide standouts were selected in the Major League Baseball Draft. Along with the nearly 50 All-Americans he instructed on the field, Wells’ Alabama program also produced some 10 Academic All-Americans and a dozen other Academic All-District selections.
Prior to being hired at Alabama in 1994, Wells spent the previous five seasons (1990-94) as head baseball coach at his alma mater, Northwestern State in Natchitoches, La. While compiling a five-year mark of 192-89 (.683) at NSU, Wells led the Demons to back-to-back Southland Conference championships in 1993 and 1994 as well as NCAA Regional showings in 1991 and 1994. For his efforts, he was named Southland Conference Coach of the Year three times.
Northwestern State University retired Wells’ No. 17 uniform number in 2003, and he was later inducted into the NSU Athletic Hall of Fame during the 2004-05 school year.
In his 20 combined seasons as a collegiate head baseball coach at Alabama and Northwestern State, Wells put together an impressive career coaching mark of 817-410 (.666).
Prior to his head coaching days, Wells spent three years (1987-89) as a graduate assistant coach for Skip Bertman at LSU. During Wells’ tenure in Baton Rouge, the Tigers won 143 games and two NCAA Regional titles with the likes of 1989 MLB first-round draft pick Ben McDonald and Albert Belle.
Wells completed his master’s degree in education and administration from LSU in 1989. He earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Northwestern State in 1980.
Wells is married to the former Lisa Breazeale of Natchitoches, La., and they are the parents of three children - daughters Lauren and Melissa, and son, Drew.
|Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 August 2012 )|