Sean Willingham comes to Wake Technical Community College after operating as the Director of Player Development and Associate Head Coach at Wake Christian Academy in Raleigh from 2014-2015. During his short time there he helped coached and develop Wake Christian Academy’s highest baseball scholarship winner, Brandon Stephens, who currently plays baseball at UNC-G. He also helped lead Wake Christian to its first playoff berth in school history, eventually losing to NC Wesleyan 2-0 in the second round.
In 2014, Willingham served as Director of Player Development for Factory Baseball Institute in Wake Forest, North Carolina where he won 12 Tournament Championships while coaching 2 different age groups.
Willingham began his coaching career by coaching a Junior League Summer Baseball team, Wake Independent, where he had the privilege of coaching 3 division 1 signees.
Willingham began his playing career in 2009 at Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina, under Hall of Fame coach Tom Austin, who ranks top 5 in all-time wins in collegiate baseball history as well as having over 1,000 wins.
During Willingham’s freshman year he posted a 3.12 Earned Run Average while winning USA-South’s Conference Rookie of the Week 2 different times. In Willingham’s rookie campaign he made 13 appearances with 10 starts and finished with a 3-2 record after earning wins against Tufts, Virginia Wesleyan and Stevenson. Against Virginia Wesleyan he struck out a career-high 13 batters against Virginia Wesleyan.
In 2010, Willingham then transferred to North Greenville University in beautiful Greenville, South Carolina where he saw immediate playing time on a team that had shocked the baseball world and won the NCCAA World Series the previous spring. Willingham helped pitch North Greenville into their second straight World Series birth by tossing 6 scoreless innings against King University. Willingham finished his sophomore campaign with a 3.66 Earned Run Average and 25 strikeouts in 32.0 innings. Due to a labrum tear Willingham was injury plagued until his Redshirt Senior year where he served as a setup man and submarine reliever.
In 2011, Willingham was selected to be member of the Conference Carolinas Academic All-Confernce team, an honor that only 4 other players earned.
Coach Willingham is a native of Garner, North Carolina. In High school he played four years of baseball, and three years of basketball and football. Three-time All-State selection in Baseball, Two-time All-state in Football. Three-time team MVP. Diamond Zone Sport Club area player of the year.Wake Christian Academy WCA Male Athlete of the Year.
Won 4 State Championship rings (3 baseball, 1 basketball)
Parents are John and Caroline Willingham and he has one sister, Jordan Willingham who played softball at North Greenville University.