Husson Welcomes John Winkin Back to Campus

Husson Welcomes John Winkin Back to Campus

Date of Release: April 20, 2011

Husson University will be welcoming the legendary baseball coach John Winkin when he returns to campus on Friday, April 22, for a baseball double header against the University of Maine at Farmington. Coach Winkin will be honored during an 11:30 a.m. senior-day presentation alongside his final recruiting class who is preparing to graduate this spring.

Prior to the game the Husson community will have the chance to visit with Coach Winkin during a reception in Peabody Hall beginning at 10:00 a.m.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for us to embrace all that John Winkin has done," stated Director of Athletics Bob Reasso. "I've had the chance to spend time with Coach on a number of occasions and he is a great guy with a tremendous amount of passion for people as well as the sport. He has had an absolutely incredible career."

Winkin coached at Husson from 1997-2008, serving as head coach from 2004-2008, and remains one of the most revered coaches in Husson's history. He earned his 1,000 career win while coaching the Eagles in the 2006 season. He coached at the University of Maine for 22 years, leading the Black Bears to six NCAA Division I College World Series appearances, and at Colby College for 20 years before that.

Husson's current head baseball coach, Jason Harvey played for Coach Winkin and had this to say: "To bring Coach Winkin back here on campus during our senior day is tremendous. These seniors are his last recruiting class and when you look at what they have done in four years, it is remarkable. Coach Winkin is a big part of the reason they chose Husson and for him to be able to celebrate their last home game as a senior will mean a lot to each one of them."

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