Rice University baseball coach Wayne Graham
Rice University Athletic Hall of Fame
Black and white photograph of Rice Owls baseball player Wayne Graham, accompanied by text headlining his achievement and entry into the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame. Caption reads: Wayne Graham is synonymous with outstanding baseball. Whether it is turning players into Al--America honorees and pro draft picks, or coaching teams to conference titles and national championships, the Owls' head coach always delivered. In his first 14 seasons at the helm for Rice, and 25 overall as a collegiate head coach, Graham produced highly-skilled players that worked together to form winning (and usually dominating) baseball teams. AT the time of his induction (2005), he coached 19 different Rice players to a total of 32 all-America awards. No fewer than 30 former Owls were playing professional baseball in 2004, including four in the majors. Under Graham, Rice won 10 conference championships in a row, including every WAC title since joining the league in 1997. The 2005 season was Rice's 11th trip to the NCAA regionals. Rice has five super regionals and four trips to the College World Series. In 2003, Graham led Rice to the school's first team national championship in any sport. In 2003, Graham's mind and energy were focused squarely on the goal of Rice's first national championship. The team combined the best pitching staff in the nation with the best defense to win 58 or its 70 games. The Owls spent more than two months ranked as the top team in the nation, and the team ran off an eye-opening 30-game winning streak. Graham was named the national and WAC coach of the year. Prior to coming to Rice, he also guided San Jacinto to five national titles in 11 years. Graham was Collegiate Baseball's coach of the decade for all levels in the 1980s and the newspaper's JC coach of the century. His uniform number (37) was retired by San Jacinto and he was inducted into the junior college hall of fame in May, 1995. All of Graham's coaching accomplishments naturally led to his induction into the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003 as well as the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2005. A native Houstonian, he played high school baseball at Reagan High in the Heights and matriculated to Texas. After his playing days as a Longhorn ended, Graham embarked on an 11-year pro career as a third baseman and outfielder in the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets organizations. Following his playing days, Graham returned to UT to receive his B.S. in physical education in 1970, and he added a master's of education from the University of Houston in 1973.
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