PHILADELPHIA — James “Skip” Wilson, who as the program’s head coach led Temple baseball to two College World Series appearances and 1,034 wins in 46 seasons, has died. He was 92 years old.
Temple said Wilson’s daughter told the school he died Tuesday from complications from a stroke.
The top winning coach in any sport at the Temple, Wilson led the Owls to 12 NCAA tournaments and 12 conference championships during his tenure from 1960 to 2005. He took his 1,000th victory on March 14, 2004 when the Owls defeated Manhattan. 10-9 and he ended his career with a record of 1034-824-27 (.556).
He led Temple to two appearances at the College World Series in 1972 (third) and 1977 (eighth), and earned four more NCAA nominations in the decade. The Owls won the Mid-Atlantic Conference title in 1972 and 1973 and won four consecutive East Coast Conference championships from 1975 to 1978.
Wilson last competed in the NCAA Tournament after the 2001 season. Starting the year 0–14, the Owls led 24–14 for the remainder of the regular season. The team won the Atlantic 10 and advanced to the NCAA for the last time in their career.
He was inducted into the Temple Athletics Hall of Fame in 1981.
Philadelphia native Wilson signed professional contracts with more than 100 players.
His player roster includes Joe Kerrigan, former Philadelphia Phillies pitching coach and Boston Red Sox manager; Jeff Manto, who played 10 seasons in the major leagues with seven teams; John Marzano, former major leaguer who worked as a post-game analyst for the Phillies on Comcast SportsNet; Ed Wade, former general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies; former Detroit Tigers outfielder Bobby Higginson; and Steve Javie, former NBA umpire.