World Series bound againPublished 11:43am Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Wynn Fletcher is no stranger to coaching on big stages.
However, a stage such as the next one that Central Alabama’s skipper will coach on doesn’t get much bigger.
Fletcher was named to the coaching staff of the National Junior College Athletic Association’s National Team for the 80th annual National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita Kan.
“There’s no doubt that it’s an honor,” Fletcher said. “I was selected by the NJCAA’s chairman, and we’ve been recruiting and putting together the team ever since. It’s definitely a big deal.”
Iowa Western coach and two-time NJCAA Coach of the Year Marc Rardin will serve as head coach.
Fletcher will have most of his coaching focus on hitters and catchers. He will also coach a base.
According to Fletcher, what makes his selection sweeter was that it was based on what he has accomplished during his time in the dugout.
“It wasn’t something I had to lobby for,” he said. “They came to me and met with me during the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association banquet and asked me if I was interested. I said yes and we went from there. They started talking to me about recruiting and everything.”
Fletcher considers the honor to rank right among the top accomplishments of his career.
“It’s something you want to be a part of,” he said. “I consider it a nice cherry on top. It’s like winning the NJCAA tournament; it’s a once in a lifetime thing. You hope that it’s not, but as a player, you want to be selected to this team, and failing that, you want a chance to coach. I’m excited to have the opportunity to go coach this team.”
Having coached the game of baseball for 19 years, Fletcher expects he’ll need every lesson during that time to help him place the NJCAA National Team in position to succeed.
“With all the years I’ve been doing this, I’m going to have to draw on all of my experiences for this,” Fletcher said. “However, some of the most fun I’ve had is talking to Marc nightly as we put this team together. We wanted players who wanted to be here, and we’re excited to meet the guys in person and get to work.”
The 2014 NBC World Series will begin on Friday, July 25 and conclude on Saturday, August 9.
The field challenging the NJCAA National Team will include last year’s champion the Seattle Studs, 2007 champion the Wellington Heat, Alaska, and Prairie Gravel.
It is possible that six former World Series champions will be in the field.
The National Baseball Congress’ media relations department contributed to this report.