Jimmie Wasem
Jimmie Wasem
Organization: Northwest Missouri State University
Year: 2014 Inductee

Jimmie Wasem spent 33 years coaching baseball (five years at the interscholastic, and 28 at the intercollegiate level). He has devoted his life to promoting athletics and youth sports throughout the country.

Wasem began his coaching career as baseball, basketball, and track coach and athletic director at Kinmundy-Alma High School from 1957-60. From 1960-1962, he was the baseball and basketball coach at Roxana High School. During his five-year high school coaching career, his baseball teams won four conference titles, and his basketball teams earned two championships, with overall records of 154-23 in baseball and 97-31 in basketball.

From 1962-67 Wasem served as assistant baseball and basketball coach at Illinois State University. The 1965 baseball team won the conference championship and placed third in the NCAA lA national tournament.

Wasem became head baseball and basketball coach and Physical Education Director at Monmouth College in 1967 and served in those capacities until 1972. The baseball team had a record of 64-40 and was Southern Division champion in the Midwest League in each of the five years. The basketball record during that period was 65-33. While at Monmouth, he coached the Galesburg Pioneers in the Central Illinois Collegiate League (sponsored by Major League Baseball) from 1969-72, and the Springfield Capitols in the same league in 1976.

Wasem spent nine seasons as head baseball coach at Northwest Missouri State University from 1972-81. During that period, his team record was 226-119, which included four Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association Conference titles. His 1975 team was the NCAA Div. II (District 5) champion, finishing fifth in the Division II National Championships at Springfield,.Ill. He was MIAA Conference "Coach of the Year" four times and the NCAA Div. II "Coach of the Year" in 1975.

Wasem served as baseball coach and Physical Education Director at Eastern Washington University in the Pac 10 Northern Division from 1981-90 where his teams compiled a 230-251 record. The best season at Eastern came in 1985 when his team compiled a school record of 42-24 (.636). He was also honored by the Washington Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreationand Dance as the College Teacher of the Year in the State of Washington in 1990.

Wasem has been a lifetime member of the ABCA, and received the 30-Year Service Award in 1990. He served on the ABCA Instructional Aids Committee, and was the Northwest District Clinic Chairman from 1985-90. He is recognized as a much respected speaker and clinician, having conducted numerous instructional baseball clinics throughout the U.S. and abroad (Canada, Australia, The Netherlands and China). Wasem has published over thirty articles for professional journals in baseball, basketball and physical education, including several monographs, and has written several chapters for noted authors of baseball and physical education textbooks. He also served on the Editorial Board of the prestigious physical education magazine "Strategies."

Wasem was inducted into the Clarinda "A's" Iowa Baseball Hall of Fame (1990); his 1975 Championship team into the Northwest Missouri State University Hall of Fame (1996); the Eastern Washington University Athletic Hall of Fame for Service and Contributions to the University (2009); and personally into the Northwest Missouri State University Hall of Fame (2010). He received the Outstanding Service Award from the Babe Ruth Baseball Association, the Dedicated Service Award from Babe Ruth Baseball and a Special Tribute Award from the Spokane Washington Greater Spokane League for his dedication and service to baseball in the State of Washington (1995).

Wasem was also one of a group of coaches who took a Pac 10 Northern Division All-Star team to compete in the Netherland's national "Honkball" Tournament. He has also taken all star teams to China, Australia, Canada and the Netherlands.