Jack Stallings passes away at 87, Celebration of Life to be held

Legendary baseball coach Jack Stallings (left) passed away this week at 87. 

Kaitlin Sells

The winningest head coach in Georgia Southern baseball history, Jack Stallings, passed away Thursday at 87 years old.  

Stallings filled the post of head coach for the Eagles from 1976-1999 and held a record of 859-582-5 at GS and led the Eagles to 10 conference regular season titles and five conference tournament titles. In 1990, he coached the Eagles to a 50-19 season which was capped by the school’s second College World Series appearance.  

Before coming on at GS, Stallings coached for nine seasons at Wake Forest and six seasons at Florida State, leading the Seminoles to the College World Series in 1970.  

Stallings also coached 22 All-Americans at GS and his number one jersey was the first to be retired by the school. The head coach was also named the ACC Coach of the Year four times and Southern Conference Baseball Coach of the Year twice.  

{{tncms-inline account=”FSU Baseball” html=”<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Prayers go out to the family of former FSU head coach Jack Stallings on his passing.Coach led FSU to its first CWS final in 1970 and won 248 games over six seasons at FSU.He won over 1,250 games at FSU, Georgia Southern and Wake Forest, his alma mater. <a href="https://t.co/caTyXAOmAF">pic.twitter.com/caTyXAOmAF</a></p>— FSU Baseball (@FSUBaseball) <a href="https://twitter.com/FSUBaseball/status/1009514123942559744?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 20, 2018</a></blockquote>” id=”https://twitter.com/FSUBaseball/status/1009514123942559744″ type=”twitter”}}

Off the baseball diamond, Stallings held a faculty position as associate professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Georgia Southern. 

The GS athletics department will host a Celebration of Life for the coach in Statesboro on Friday, Sept. 7, the night before the Eagles’ home football game against UMASS. The weekend is Hall of Fame weekend for Eagle Athletics, which is fitting for the hall of fame ball coach. More details of the event will be announced at a later time. 

A funeral service for Stallings will be held at Bevis Funeral Home in Tallahassee, Florida on June 26 at 11 a.m. 

Kaitlin Sells, The George-Anne Assistant Sports Editor, [email protected]