Fletcher: ‘It’s the pinnacle’Published 2:11pm Monday, January 13, 2014
CACC baseball coach honored with other national title winners
It’s been a humbling few months for Central Alabama baseball coach Wynn Fletcher.
After leading the Trojans to a NJCAA national championship in 2013, Fletcher earned another honor, as the American Baseball Coaches’ Association recognized him for his team’s accomplishments. Fletcher was honored alongside other coaches who had led their teams to glory, and he considered the occasion a privilege.
“It was good getting to sit down with all the other coaches and reminisce on our respective years,” Fletcher said. “Thinking about how our years culminated was special. We all got the same ending, but just in a different way. Most of the coaches said they watched (CACC’s) run online.”
What those coaches saw, according to Fletcher, was a team that played out of his mind in the most pivotal moments.
“I had never been around a group of guys that were playing that hot,” Fletcher said. “It was fun to be honored.”
The ABCA commemorated each national championship-winning coach’s season during the ABCA’s hall of fame banquet in Dallas. Between 1,500-2,000 people attended the event. Fletcher said he also had the opportunity to rub elbows with other coaches and former MLB players.
“I got to sit next to Scott Brosius, former third baseman for the New York Yankees and World Series MVP (in 1998),” he said. “He coaches at Linfield College now. I was able to mix it up with different people on different levels, and he was someone I spent a lot of time with.”
Fletcher ranked this event among the top moments in his athletic career.
“It’s the pinnacle,” he said. “The only way to top it would probably be to do it again, but who knows if that will happen. It’s a humbling experience.”
He also added that being honored has him itching to get back in the dugout and lead the Trojans to more success.
“After we won the championship, I was floating on cloud nine for a little bit when we got back,” Fletcher said. “I eventually came back down to Earth, but going to Dallas and standing up there with all those coaches kind of got the juices back flowing again.”