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Playing under the direction of coach Tony Franklin, Wallace State’s men’s tennis team hasn’t missed a beat since the program was reintroduced to the athletics slate in August 2016.
Wallace State men’s tennis finished as the 2018 Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC) runner-up, a year after winning the ACCC championship in their inaugural season since the program’s reboot.
In 2018, Wallace State notched key conference match wins vs. Gadsden State twice and Coastal Alabama twice en route to the runner-up finish. The Lions ultimately finished as the ACCC runner-up and made a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I National Championship appearance Plano, Texas.
Wallace State was led individually in 2018 by Cade Pressnell, Donny Camp, Check Freeman, Luke Chigwidden, Andrew Bizilia, Nick Hester and Austin Leavins.
Pressnell, Camp and Freeman were the team’s sophomores.
Tim Garner served as the team’s assistant for a second straight season.
Before the Wallace State tennis programs were discontinued in 2004, they accounted for four of the seven NJCAA national titles earned by Wallace State athletics and won multiple conference championships. The men’s program won NJCAA Division II titles in 1995 and 1996 and the women in 1995 and 1999.
Franklin, 57, has been around the game his entire life. He played tennis at Sulligent High School and played collegiately at the former Brewer State College (now Bevill State) in Fayette and Huntingdon College in Montgomery. He earned his master’s degree at Auburn University – Montgomery.
Before inheriting the Wallace State post, Franklin spent 26 seasons as tennis coach at Benjamin Russell High School in Alexander City, where he coached both the boys’ and girls’ programs throughout his career.
For more information, contact:
Tony Franklin, Wallace State’s Men’s Tennis Coach
Phone: 256.352.7836 or 256.496.2148