Wally Kincaid
Wally Kincaid
Organization: Cerritos College (CA)
Year: 2017 Inductee

Wally Kincaid is considered one of the key innovators of how baseball is played at the collegiate level. As the first head baseball coach at Cerritos College, he spent 22 years (1958-77 and 1979-80) at the helm and won six state championships, while posting a career record of 678-163 (.806).

Kincaid, who passed away in 2015, led his teams to 15 conference championships, 51 tournament championships and a 60-game winning streak that spanned over three seasons (1965-67). In 1966, he coached the Falcons to a 40-0 record.

After working at Cerritos College, Kincaid served as assistant coach at Cerritos under current Oregon head coach George Horton from 1985-89. He also served as an assistant coach during three College World Series appearances for Long Beach State.

Over 150 of Kincaid's former players moved on to the professional ranks, while another 100 have moved on to become coaches at all levels. Some of Kincaid's former assistant coaches and players include current NCAA Div. I head coaches George Horton (Oregon) and Dave Serrano (Tennessee), the all-time winningest junior college coach Don Sneddon (Santa Ana College), former Long Beach State head coaches Dave Snow and Mike Weathers, and current Cerritos College coach Ken Gaylord.

Kincaid, whose teams never had a losing season, was named the 2008 ABCA/Wilson Lefty Gomez Award winner and was recognized as the National Community College Coach of the Century by Baseball America. Also, in honor of his contributions to Cerritos, the baseball field there was named in his honor in 1992.

Now elected to the ABCA Hall of Fame, Kincaid was previously inducted into the Cerritos College Hall of Fame, the Community College Coaches Hall of Fame and the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

Before coaching at Cerritos, Kincaid coached baseball and basketball for seven years at Downey High School in Downey, California. He was a 1943 graduate of Downey High and was inducted to the school's Hall of Fame in 1999. Upon graduation, he attended Whittier College.