John Winkin won 1,043 games as the head baseball coach at Colby College, the University of Maine and Husson University.
He has been inducted into 11 Halls of Fame.
Winkin will return to Husson on Friday for Seniors Day as the Eagles host the University of Maine-Farmington for a noon doubleheader.
Winkin and the seniors, who represent his last recruiting class, will be honored before the doubleheader.
Winkin was the coach at Husson when he collapsed while jogging on Dec. 10, 2007. He has been in a long-term care facility in Waterville.
Jason Harvey, who played for Winkin and succeeded him, said, “It will be a great time to bring him up and be a part of something special. This was his last recruiting class. A lot of the guys in our senior class are here because of him. It will be touching.”
Harvey said Winkin is special and had a positive impact on him.
“I’ve used him as a mentor,” said Harvey. “As I look back on the stuff he did, I use some of it now.”
“His approach and structure were phenomenal. Everybody was lined up ready to go,” added Harvey. “Everybody who played for him respected him. He demanded a lot out of his players and he got a lot out of his players.”
Harvey said Winkin’s passion for the game is “unmatched.”
“He ate, slept and drank baseball,” said Harvey. “Everything he did in his life revolved around baseball.”
Winkin sold his summer camp to raise money to help build the multi-sport facility which carries his name.
“He has done a lot for the state of Maine and a lot for Husson University,” said Harvey. “A lot of Husson players have had the chance to play on a million-dollar facility every single day. They’re very lucky. Without him, you don’t know where the facility would be.
“He left his mark on Husson. In addition to the facility, he also left behind the way he coached and his leadership,” added Harvey.
Winkin led Maine to six College World Series appearances and a pair of third-place finishes.
The UMF twinbill comes in the middle of a three-day, six-game regular season stretch for the Eagles, who are 7-3 in the conference and 19-14 overall.
Husson travels to Thomas (7-5, 10-20) for a pair on Thursday and will conclude the stretch with a pair at UMF (3-7, 4-17) on Saturday.
If it sweeps the six games, Husson will win the regular-season title and host the four-team, double-elimination tournament.
Castleton State is 8-4 in the conference, 14-17 overall, and will finish with four games at Lyndon State, which is 3-9 and 6-17.
Husson and Castleton State split their four regular-season games and the next tiebreaker will be how each fared against the next highest finishing team in the conference.
“I told the guys everything is in our hands. We don’t want to leave it to someone else (to help us),” said Harvey. “Every game is of equal importance. We have to take them one at a time.”
He said his team’s pitching and defense have been consistently goodfor a while.
“Our offense has been up and down, but I liked our approach against Bowdoin the other day,” said Harvey, referring to the doubleheader split with the Polar Bears on Monday (8-2 win, 8-4 loss). “We had some hits and some productive outs.”
He said his Eagles need to consistently get quality at-bats and do the job at hand, whether it means moving runners along, driving them in or getting on base.
“We’re starting to hit better and and we’re starting to get more productive hits,” said senior shortstop Ethan Guerette. “We scored eight runs with just four hits against Bowdoin. We were able to take advantage of their mistakes.”
Guerette and sophomore right fielder Shawn Smith have been Husson’s primary offensive catalysts.
Smith is hitting .351 with a homer and a team-high 27 RBIs and 12 stolen bases while Guerette is hitting .350 with two homers and 15 RBIs. Guerette leads the team in slugging percentage (.534) and on-base percentage (.442), while Smith is second in both at .456 and .433.
Ryan Arsenault (5-2, 3.18 ERA) and Kyle Leeman (3-3, 2.38) will pitch on Thursday, Nate Adams (5-3, 2.12) and Mark Dvilinsky (2-2, 7.63) will start Friday, and Saturday’s starters will be Dan Beatham (3-2, 5.28) and Pat McEwen (1-1, 7.52).
St. Joseph’s College of Standish will induct its first-ever husband-and-wife duo into its Hall of Fame on Nov. 12.
Mike McDevitt, former St. Joseph’s basketball star and long-time women’s basketball coach, and Margaret (O’Brion) McDevitt, who was one of the most productive post players in Monks history, will be inducted along with women’s basketball star Stacy Gelinas, baseball standout Randy Henry and longtime administrator Fred Stone.
Mike McDevitt scored 1,381 points and grabbed 674 rebounds as a four-year starter and was the Western Maine Athletic Conference’s Player of the Year his senior year. He compiled a 356-138 record as the head coach and led his teams to seven trips to the NAIA National Tournament.
His wife averaged 10.2 points and 12.3 rebounds during her illustrious career and still owns the single-season record for rebounds and rebounds-per-game average. She also grabbed a single-game record 26 rebounds in a win over UM-Farmington. She hauled down more than 1,000 career rebounds.
Gelinas was a two-time conference player of the year and earned All-American honors. She ranks third in school history in career assists and fifth in points, 3-pointers and steals.
Henry was a pitcher whose 17 career wins is tied for fifth in program history. He paced the staff in wins and innings in three of his four years and was an All-New England honoree.
Stone, a 1993 Maine Baseball Hall of Fame inductee, has worked at St. Joseph’s for more than 20 years in different capacities, including director of admissions, director of intramurals and recreation and athletic events manager.