Aug. 30, 2006
Tennessee Head Baseball Coach Rod Delmonico announced Wednesday that Joe Wingate has joined the UT coaching staff as a volunteer assistant. Wingate, who held a similar position last season at Arkansas State, will work with the Vols' outfielders and serve as first-base coach during games.
Prior to his one-year tenure at ASU, Wingate spent four seasons as the head baseball coach at Ooltewah High School in Ooltewah, Tenn. Under his tutelage, the Owls fashioned a 103-46 overall record and averaged 26 wins in a 32-game schedule.
The Chattanooga, Tenn., native led Ooltewah to its first-ever state semifinal appearance in 2002 and a No. 4 state ranking that same season. His Ooltewah clubs also posted state rankings of No. 3 in 2005 and No. 8 in 2004. In addition, Wingate coached Ooltewah's first two players ever to be selected in the MLB Draft, and more than 25 of his former players went on to continue their baseball careers in the collegiate ranks (including current Vols sophomore Ryan Jones).
During his days as a collegian, Wingate played two seasons as an outfielder at Chattanooga State Community College. He then went on to earn his Bachelor's degree in secondary education from Tennessee Tech in 1997 and his Master's degree in educational supervision and administration from Lincoln Memorial in 2000.