Easton Kirk named a NJCAA 3rd-team All-American06/12/2019
Demarkus Lampley named ASWA Athlete of the Year06/10/2019
Women’s basketball’s Imari Martin invited to NJCAA All-Star weekend in July05/20/2019
Connor Bruce named NJCAA Division I 2nd-team All-American05/19/2019
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.Read more...
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, seating approximately 5,000 people. 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 2018-2019 academic year. Wallace State had five teams (volleyball, men’s cross county, women’s cross county, men’s tennis and women’s golf) crowned conference champions. The college also boasted five ACCC Players of the Year: Tanner King (men’s cross country), Demarkus Lampley (men’s basketball), Addie Robinson (softball), Sebastian Arce (men’s tennis) and Easton Kirk (baseball).
Lampley and Kirk were named NJCAA Division I All-Americans along with volleyball’s Lexie Riggins and men’s golf’s Connor Bruce.
Wallace State’s volleyball team got the 2018-2019 athletics campaign off to a flying start by capturing a 10th consecutive ACCC/Region 22 conference tournament title and 11th straight regular season championship under the leadership of coach Randy Daniel. The Lions, who finished 33-9, also advanced to the NJCAA Division I national tournament for the 10th year in a row and 18th time overall. The Lions were led individually by Riggins, who was named a NJCAA 2nd-team All-American and an All-ACCC/Region 22 1st-team selection. Riggins was also named the 2018 ACCC Tournament MVP, becoming the first WSCC volleyball player to earn the recognition twice during their dominant run. Maya Jones and McKenzie Boland were each named All-ACCC 2nd-team selections.
Wallace State’s cross country teams both prevailed as ACCC champions under the direction of coach Stan Narewski and assistant Tony Crider. Wallace State’s men had the top four finishers at the conference meet and five of the top eight, earning the program’s sixth conference championship. King was the ACCC Runner of the Year, and Eli Wilhite was the ACCC meet runner-up. The Lady Lions were also 2018 champs, winning a third ACCC title after having six of the top eight finishers. Jacqueline Serrano was the ACCC meet runner-up, while Tatiana Padgett, Marlena Morales, Makala Worrell, Alexandra Holt and Taylor Barkley also placed among the top eight.
Wallace State’s basketball teams kept the momentum going. The Wallace State men’s basketball team finished with a 24-7 record, winning the ACCC North Division regular season championship for the third time under coach John Meeks. The Lions closed the regular season winning 11 of 12 games, earning a bye at the conference tournament. Lampley was the best player in the league, scoring a conference-best 26.6 points per game, and racking up multiple awards, including being named a NJCAA 1st-team All-American, the 2019 Alabama Sports Writers Association Athlete of the Year, the ACCC Player of the Year and the ACCC North Division Player of the Year.
Wallace State’s women’s basketball team also finished with a 24-7 record, surpassing the 20-win plateau for the seventh time in eight seasons. The Lady Lions earned a first-round bye at the ACCC Tournament under coach Jessica McBrayer and finished as the 23rd ranked team in the nation heading into the postseason. Sophomore Miajah Bullock was named to the All-ACCC/Region 22 1st team, DeMaurea Moore was an All-ACCC North Division selection and freshman Imari Martin an All-ACCC/Region 22 and All-ACCC North second-team selection.
Wallace State’s softball team once again finished among the top teams in the conference. The Lions went 50-12 under coach A.J. Daugherty, winning the ACCC North Division title. Wallace State softball, a two-time national champion and 12-time ACCC champion, had strong individual performances in 2019, including from first baseman Addie Robinson, who was the 2019 ACCC Player of the Year after hitting .396 with a team-high 12 homers and 77 RBIs. Her single-season RBI total was among the best in program history and she added 15 doubles and 41 runs scored. Sophomore pitcher Meagan Schwieterman was named the ACCC North Division Pitcher of the Year after being named the ACCC Pitcher of the Year as a freshman. Outfielders Callie Ryan and Alysia Anderson were each named to the ACCC North Division first team.
Meanwhile, Wallace State’s baseball team made its 28th postseason appearance in 30 years under coach Randy Putman after earning a first-round bye at the ACCC Tournament. The Lions finished with a 29-17 record, compiling a 22-10 mark in league play. Sophomore Easton Kirk won the ACCC Triple Crown en route to being named a NJCAA Division I 3rd-team All-American, the 2019 ACCC Player of the Year and the ACCC North Division Player of the Year. He finished the regular season hitting .480 with 18 homers and 64 RBIs. Freshman pitcher Jerry Dale Bowman anchored the pitching staff, earning All-Southeastern District Team and All-ACCC North Division recognition after finishing 8-1 with a 2.28 ERA. He also was an ACCC Gold Glove recipient. Wallace State also continued to have three former players with MLB organizations in 2019: Craig Kimbrel with the Chicago Cubs, Derek Holland with the San Francisco Giants and Jake Elmore with the Pittsburgh Pirates .
Wallace State’s tennis and golf teams capped the athletics year with successful postseasons. Wallace State’s men’s tennis team won the 2019 ACCC championship, capturing its second title in three seasons under coach Tony Franklin. The Lions went undefeated in league matches during the regular season and conference tournament and finished 10th in the nation. Arce was the 2019 ACCC Player of the Year, and Andrew Bizilia advanced to quarterfinals at the national championships. The women’s tennis team finished 17th in the nation and made a second consecutive trip to the NJCAA National Championships. The Lady Lions went undefeated in league matches during the regular season and finished as the ACCC Tournament runner-up. Nicole Barron, Haley Putman and Crissy Cruz each earned first-round singles wins at nationals.
Wallace State’s women’s golf program continued to dominate the conference, winning a 3rd straight ACCC Tournament championship. The Lady Lions, led by first-year coach J.J. Adams, won the league title by 56 strokes and went on to finish 10th in the country at nationals. Sophomore Michaela Bryan capped a wonderful WSCC career by being named to the ACCC All-Tournament team. She won four individual low medalist titles during her time with the program. Additionally, Maci Yeager earned All-Tournament recognition at the 2019 Jeff State Invitational. Paige Lemm, Claire Newby and Abby Grimes rounded out the Lady Lions’ roster.
Meanwhile, the men’s golf team made a 24th appearance at the NJCAA Division I Golf Championships and finished 9th in the country under interim coach Sylas Elliott. Sophomore Connor Bruce was named a NJCAA 2nd-team All-American after winning the Coastal Alabama Invitational championship and placing on two other All-Tournament teams. As a squad, Wallace State finished third at the conference tournament and had three tournament runner-up finishes.
Both Wallace State golf teams played with heavy hearts during the Spring 2019 season after long-time and Hall of Coach Dan York died after a battle with cancer.
Additionally, the WSCC Cheerleaders continued to serve as leaders both in the athletics department and in the community.
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 Paul Bailey at 256.352.8359.