San Jacinto College legend for 16 years
By Amanda Fenwick
HOUSTON – Tom Arrington can soon add “Hall of Fame” to his signature, as the veteran coach will enter the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Baseball Hall of Fame this year.
“I am shocked and surprised. It hasn’t really sunk in yet,” said Arrington, who enters his 18th year at the helm of the San Jacinto College program. “As a coach, my success starts with the players. They are the ones playing the game. It is my responsibility to guide them and transition them along their path. I am very blessed and thankful to have this opportunity.”
Arrington owns an overall record of 742-298 (.713) in his 17 years as head coach. He has guided San Jacinto College to 13 conference titles, 11 regional championships, six national runner-up finishes at the Junior College (JUCO) World Series, four third place national finishes and one fifth place national finish. His 37 wins at the JUCO World Series is an all-time record, as is his 59 total games played at the prestigious national tournament.
San Jacinto College Assistant Coach Kory Koehler made the nomination to the NJCAA Hall of Fame Selection Committee, and says that he views Arrington as a mentor, friend and family friend.
“In my 18 years with Tom, I have learned a great deal about relationships,” Koehler said. “He is a leader on many levels. He runs a very organized program and emphasizes to his players and staff a need to grow and develop into community leaders. He cares for his players and for his staff as if they were his own family.”
Arrington began his coaching career in 1991 at the College of Mateo before moving on to San Francisco State University and College of Marin. He came to San Jacinto College in 2000 as an assistant coach, focused on the pitchers, and was named head coach in 2001. In the Spring of 2011, Arrington was appointed athletic director for the San Jacinto College North Campus. He played professionally for the Triple A team of the Texas Rangers; in Guadalajara, Mexico; for the Salt Lake Trappers; and for a Single A farm team of the Montreal Expos.