Randy Putman has been the steady force, both locally and nationally, behind Wallace State baseball since 1990.
Putman has a career 973-450 record at Wallace State after 27 seasons, leading the Lions to the postseason 25 times. He has guided his teams to seven Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC) state championships, six Southeastern Regional Championships and six World Series appearances on the NJCAA Division I level.
Putman, who surpassed the 900-win milestone in 2014, was named a NJCAA Hall of Fame coach in 2006. The Lions finished conference runner-up in 2015 under Putman.
Putman’s storied career has resulted in him being named the ACCC Baseball Coach of the Year in 1992, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002. He was also inducted into the Alabama Junior College Hall of Fame in 1991, the NJCAA Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2006, the Alabama Coaches Hall of Fame in January 2009 and the Cullman County Hall of Fame in 2013.
Putman, originally from Birmingham, has coached 33 Wallace State players who have continued their careers professionally, including Chicago White Sox left-hander Derek Holland, Boston Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel, a four-time All-Star and the 2011 National League Rookie of the Year, Milwaukee Brewers infielder Jake Elmore, former MLB pitcher Graham Godfrey and Zelous Wheeler, who is now playing in professionally in Japan, but, in 2014, became the fifth former Wallace State player in six seasons to make his MLB debut. Putman also coached former major league outfielder Terry Jones, who played with the Montreal Expos and Colorado Rockies.
Before coaching in Hanceville, Putman compiled a 152-28 career record at Tate High School in Pensacola, Fla., where he won two Class 4A state championships and coached former big leaguers Jay Bell and Travis Fryman. Putman played collegiately at Jacksonville State, earning All-Conference honors, and played professionally for three years with the Kansas City Royals and San Diego Padres.