The King’s Academy Hires Brad Wilkerson as Head Baseball Coach
The King’s Academy is pleased to announce the hiring of former University of Florida standout, and Major League Baseball player Brad Wilkerson as the Lions Head Baseball Coach, effective immediately. Coach Wilkerson takes over the helm for Doug Magaw who recently resigned at TKA, to return to John I Leonard where he continues to work full time as a teacher and coach.
Brad Wilkerson hails from Owensboro, Kentucky where he was an all-state baseball and soccer player, garnishing All- American status as a baseball player. Brad’s exemplary high school baseball career led him to sign and play for the University of Florida as an Outfielder and Pitcher. At the University of Florida, Brad was part of the 1996 and 1998 College World Series team, became a 3 time All American (1996 – 98) and was the 1998 Rotary Smith/ National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Player of the year. Brad’s stellar collegiate play led to his being drafted in the first round by the Montreal Expos (1998).
Brad Wilkerson’s Major League Baseball (MLB) accolades include being named the Montreal Expos Organizational Player of the Year (2000), Major League Futures All-Star (2000), Sporting News MLB Rookie of the Year (2002), Montreal Expos MVP (2004). Brad Wilkerson played for the Expos, Nationals, Rangers, Mariners and Blue Jays in eight MLB seasons.
Brad Wilkerson’s stellar athletic career and community involvement have been recognized by organizations and colleges in and out of high school baseball. Brad was inducted into the University of Florida Sports Hall of Fame (2010), and was voted the #1 Baseball Player at the University of Florida in the last 100 years. Brad was voted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame (2012), Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame (2008). In 2006, Brad was named a distinguished KENTUCKY COLONEL by Governor Ernie Fletcher, the highest honor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky for achievement all around the world.
Brad is married to Dana (Gleason) Wilkerson, and has three children Ella, Ava, and Max. The Wilkersons have been part of the TKA family since their children entered school. TKA Athletic Director Adam Winters states “We are very excited to have someone of Brad’s ability and caliber to lead the TKA baseball program. Brad’s ability to teach and develop talent in young men will make him a very successful coach at TKA. I am confident that Brad will continue to build on the great foundation laid by Coach Magaw”.