Posted: 11:59 am Friday, July 18th, 2014

Baseball: King’s Academy hires Brad Wilkerson as head coach 

By Jodie Wagner

Former University of Florida standout and Major League Baseball veteran Brad Wilkerson has been hired to coach The King’s Academy baseball team, athletic director Adam Winters announced Friday.

Wilkerson, 37, will replace Doug Magaw, who resigned last month to return to John I. Leonard, where he will teach and coach the Lancers’ baseball team.

The Lions finished 14-12 last season.

Wilkerson was a pitcher and outfielder at UF, where he was a three-time All-American and helped the Gators to the 1996 and 1998 College World Series.

He was named the Rotary Smith/National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Player of the Year in 1998.

Wilkerson was drafted in the first round of the 1998 Major League Baseball Draft by the Montreal Expos and spent eight seasons with the Expos, Nationals, Rangers, Mariners and Blue Jays.

He coached the King’s Academy middle school baseball team to the league championship last season and also is involved with USA Baseball.

“We are very excited to have someone of Brad’s ability and caliber to lead the TKA baseball program,” Winters said. Brad’s ability to teach and develop talent in young men will make him a very successful coach.”

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