JERRY KINDALL CHARACTER IN COACHING AWARD
A coach has the opportunity to impact more people in one year than most people do in a lifetime. Many leaders in business, government and education attribute their success to lessons learned from a coach.
At FCA Baseball, we want to inspire coaches to be coaches of character. Each year at the American Baseball Coaches Association Convention, FCA Baseball will present the Jerry Kindall Character in Coaching Award, which is presented annually to the college or high school baseball coach who best exemplifies the Christian principles of Character, Integrity, Excellence,Teamwork and Service on and off the baseball field.
ABOUT COACH JERRY KINDALL
A native of St. Paul, MN., Kindall was the first person in NCAA history to win a baseball national championship as both a player and a coach. In addition to his three titles at the University of Arizona as a coach, Kindall played shortstop for the 1956 National Champion University of Minnesota team.
Signed by the Chicago Cubs in 1956, Kindall went on to play eight seasons in the Major Leagues with the Cubs, Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins. Following his professional career, Kindall went on to become the University of Arizona Wildcats head skipper from 1973-1996. He is Arizona's all-time leader in career wins finishing his coaching career with a record of 860-580-6.
A three time national ABCA Coach of the Year, he guided the Wildcats to three national championships at the College World Series in 1976, 1980, and 1986. His Wildcat teams also produced an amazing 34 All-America players during his coaching tenure. A total of 209 players who played for Coach Kindall at Arizona went on to sign contracts to play professional baseball, including 32 Major Leaguers.
Although Coach Kindall's coaching resume is impressive, those who know Jerry either as a coach or as a peer, are most impressed by the kind of person he is both on and off the baseball diamond. FCA Baseball can think of no other coach that exemplifies more the Christian Principles of Character, Integrity, Excellence, Teamwork and Service than does Jerry Kindall.
Coach Kindall is a member of both the University of Minnesota and University of Arizona Hall of Fames, and was the recipient of the American Baseball Coaches Association Prestigious Lefty Gomez Award in 1999
NOMINATE A COACH FOR THE JERRY KINDALL COACHING AWARD
Nominations for future award winners can be made at the FCA Baseball Breakfast each year, or by submitting a high school or college coaches name to FCA Baseball at firstname.lastname@example.org