• Stan Narewski back for second stint as Wallace State’s cross country coach

    Stan Narewski back for second stint as Wallace State’s cross country coach   

    07/21/2017
  • Braxton Light drafted in 24th round by Chicago Cubs

    Braxton Light drafted in 24th round by Chicago Cubs

    06/26/2017
  • WSCC softball finishes season at nationals with 39-18 record

    WSCC softball finishes season at nationals with 39-18 record

    05/19/2017
  • WSCC men’s golf finishes 14th at national tourney

    WSCC men’s golf finishes 14th at national tourney

    05/17/2017

ATHLETIC EXCELLENCE

A Wallace State Tradition

Wallace State’s athletic teams and facilities are renowned throughout the Southeast and the nation. The Wallace State Lions compete in Division I of the Alabama Community College Conference and the National Junior College Athletic Association. With four Olympic medalists, seven national championships, a plethora of conference titles, hundreds of NJCAA All-Americans, three current MLB players, two former PGA tour pros, and one former NFL player, athletic excellence is a Wallace State tradition.

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Wallace State coaches are not only among the nation’s best, but they also take great pride in the academic success of their athletes. Special tutoring and study sessions are available for all athletes to ensure excellence in academics as well as athletics. Wallace State teams are recognized among the top teams academically by the NJCAA, and many student-athletes receive NJCAA Academic distinction honors each year.

The athletic facilities at Wallace State are among the best in the nation and truly impressive. Tom Drake Coliseum is one of the largest two-year college basketball and volleyball facilities in the United States. It received a floor upgrade during the summer of 2012 and seats more than 5,000. The college’s baseball and softball and facilities are also among the finest in the South. Wallace State baseball plays at James C. Bailey Stadium and softball and Bobby McCracken Stadium.

Wallace State athletics had another championship chapter added to its tradition during the 2016-2017 academic year. Wallace State had four teams (volleyball, softball, women’s golf and men’s tennis) crowned conference champions.

Wallace State’s volleyball team got the 2016-2017 athletics campaign off to a flying start by capturing their eighth consecutive ACCC/Region 22 conference tournament title and ninth straight regular season championship under the leadership of coach Randy Daniel. The Lions, who finished 38-4, also advanced to the NJCAA Division I national tournament for the eighth year in a row and 16th time overall. The Lions were led individually by Kelsea Bivins, who was named a NJCAA 2nd-team All-American, the 2016 ACCC Player of the Year and earned NJCAA Player of the Week status on four occasions. Fellow sophomores Cierra Davis and Makenzie Bearden were each 1st-team All-ACCC/Region 22 selections. Davis was the 2016 ACCC Tournament MVP. Freshmen Abby Borden and Emily Wilson were 2nd-team All-ACCC selections.

Wallace State’s basketball teams kept the momentum going. The Wallace State women’s basketball team finished with a 22-10 record, surpassing the 20-win plateau for the fifth time under coach Ron Burdette. The Lady Lions advanced to the ACCC tournament semifinals, finishing one game short of reaching the ACCC championship game for a third straight season. Sophomore Kelsey Houston was named a 2nd-team All-ACCC/Region selection after leading the conference with 87 3-pointers made. She was also an ACCC All-Tournament selection. Freshman Joy Sadler was a 2nd-team All-ACCC North Division selection.

Wallace State’s men’s basketball team made its sixth consecutive postseason appearance under coach John Meeks and was led by sophomore point guard Jaylen McCoy, who was named a 2nd-team All-ACCC North Division selection after averaging a team-high 14.9 points per game.

Wallace State’s softball team once again finished atop the conference in 2017. The Lions went 39-18 under first-year coach A.J. Daugherty, captured their 11th conference title, made their fifth NJCAA Division I national tournament appearance in six seasons and 11th overall in St. George, Utah. Wallace State softball, a two-time national champion, also had strong individual performances in 2017, including from sophomore catcher/infielder Taylor Beshears, who was the 2017 ACCC Tournament MVP, a NFCA 1st-team All-South Region member and a 1st-team All-ACCC/Region 22 selection. Outfielder Amber Hammonds was named to the NFCA All-South Region 3rd team and was a 1st-team All-ACCC/Region 22 selection. Brittany Ledbetter, Charlee West and Karra Elam were each All-ACCC/Region 22 2nd-team selections and Ledbetter, Elam and Jodie Farnetti all made the ACCC All-Tournament team.

Meanwhile, Wallace State’s baseball team made its 26th postseason appearance in 28 years under coach Randy Putman after winning the ACCC North Division championship. The Lions put together one of their best seasons in a decade, finishing with a 46-13 record and earning a top seed at the ACCC/Region 22 tournament in Ozark. Wallace State had Billy Reed, Dalton Sinquefield, Blake Rivera and Palmer Ford each receive All-ACCC/Region 22 recognition for their achievements in 2017. Wallace State’s Putman also reached a career milestone in 2017, earning his 1,000th career victory with the Lions on March 26. Wallace State also continued to have three former players with MLB organizations in 2017: Craig Kimbrel with the Boston Red Sox, Derek Holland with the Chicago White Sox and Jake Elmore with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Wallace State’s tennis and golf teams capped the athletics year with successful postseasons. Competing for the first time since the program reboot, Wallace State’s men’s tennis team got hot towards the end of the season and won the 2017 ACCC/Region 22 tournament behind players Clint Watson, Cade Pressnell, Damon Calvert, Donny Camp, Toddric Stallworth and Luke Bowden and coach Tony Franklin. The men’s tennis team finished 19th at their national event. Wallace State’s women’s tennis team finished 4th in the conference as they advanced to ACCC postseason.

Wallace State’s women’s golf team won the inaugural ACCC Tournament in April in only their second year of competition. Freshman Annalee Stephens was the tournament’s low medalist, while Ashley McCormick and Bradi Ruehl were also named to the All-Tournament team. Additionally, McCormick won an individual title throughout the course of the season at the Calhoun Invitational, and the Lady Lions finished 12th in the nation in Duluth, Ga.

Meanwhile, the men’s golf team made a 22nd appearance at the NJCAA Division I Golf Championships and finished 14th in the country under coach Dan York. Wallace State was also the NJCAA District 4 tournament runner-up on top of winning the Spring Fling Invitational title in Scottsboro in March. Freshman Chip Willoughby had a splendid freshman season with Wallace State and was named a NJCAA PING 2nd-team All-American in addition to being named to the ACCC All-Tournament team. He was the individual low medalist at the NJCAA District 4 tournament. Wallace State’s Brandon Lacasse was also named to the ACCC All-Tournament team and a PING All-District 4 selection.

Wallace State also announced it will reintroduce its men’s and women’s cross country teams beginning with the Fall 2017 semester.

Additionally, the WSCC Cheerleaders enjoyed a 3rd-place finish last season at the 2017 UCA competition.

Wallace State’s athletes also have access to state-of-the-art training through the Wellness Center, which houses an extensive weight room, treadmills and cardiovascular equipment, racquetball courts, basketball and volleyball practice courts, batting cages, aerobics and cheerleading rooms, men’s and women’s locker rooms, classrooms, and offices.

For the latest Wallace State athletic schedules, visit www.wallacestate.edu. For more information on athletic programs, contact Deborah Spann at 256/352-8121.