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Wallace State Athletics
For more information contact Deb Spann, Athletic Coordinator at 256.352.8121 or Paul Bailey, Athletic Director 256.352.8359
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 seven national championships, four Olympic medalists, numerous conference titles, hundreds of All-Americans, three current MLB players and two PGA tour competitors, athletic excellence is a Wallace State tradition.
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, softball and soccer facilities are among the finest in the South.
Wallace State athletics had another championship chapter added to its tradition during the 2013-14 academic year. Wallace State's golf team capped the season as the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I national runner-up at the 2014 men's golf championship in Burlington, Iowa. The Lions earned the program's third national runner-up finish, adding to the ones accomplished in 1993 and 1996. Wallace State was in contention for its first national title during the entire tournament and concluded the event with its second consecutive individual national champion as freshman Cooper Brown shot a 5-over par 293 to earn low medalist. Brown was named the Arnold Palmer Award winner and the 15th NJCAA All-American in Wallace State golf history. Wallace State's golf team also won its 11th ACCC/Region 22 state championship, jumping out to a 25-stroke lead after the first day of competition and leading wire-to-wire for the Lions first state title since 2008. Sophomore Chris Atchley was the low medalist at the state tournament, and he made the NJCAA All-Region 22 team for the second straight season. Brown was also an All-Region selection and Aksel Olsen, the team's 2013 individual national champion, finished third overall at the NJCAA District tournament, which punched Wallace State's ticket to the national tournament.
Wallace State's volleyball team got the 2013-14 athletics campaign off to a flying start by capturing their fifth consecutive ACCC/Region XXII state tournament title and sixth straight regular season championship under the leadership of coach Randy Daniel. The Lions also advanced to the NJCAA Division I national tournament for the fifth year in a row and 14th time overall. The Lions were led individually by ACCC/Region XXII Player of the Year Kianna Delaney, who capped off a stellar two-year career with the program. Freshman BreAnna Thompson was selected to the ACCC/Region XXII first team and was an All-Tournament selection, while Bethany Johnson and Syretha Pride each earned All-ACCC second-team selections and All-Tournament recognition. Kaci Kirk was also an All-Tournament team selection.Wallace State's basketball teams kept the momentum going with the best collective season between the two programs. Wallace State's men captured its second ACCC/Region 22 state championship in three seasons and third in five seasons. The Lions finished the season with a 28-7 record, winning the ACCC regular season and tournament championships under coach John Meeks. Wallace State's men made a third NJCAA national tournament appearance, winning its opener in Kansas against Westchester (N.Y.) CC. Jestin Lewis and Lee Moore paced the Lions all season. Lewis averaged 19 points per game and was named a first-team All-ACCC/Region 22 and all-tournament member. Freshman guard Lee Moore was also a first-team All-ACCC/Region 22 member and the ACCC/Region 22 tournament MVP. Moore averaged 18.2 points per game and a team-high 7.2 rebounds. The Wallace State women's team also had a splendid season. The Lady Lions went 27-5 and earned the ACCC Northern Division regular-season championship under third-year coach Ron Burdette. Wallace State finished a perfect 13-0 on its home floor during the regular season and won 18 of 19 games overall at one point. Wallace State earned a top seed in the conference tournament after leading the league with 265 3-pointers made. Morgan Pearson was a first-team All-Region 22 selection after averaging 10.9 points per game, and freshman Morgan Smith was a second-team All-Region member and a first-team All-North Division member after finishing with a team-high 11.2 points per game and 5.6 rebounds. Sophomores Jaylan Snowden and Jasmine Coleman were each All-North Division second-team members.
After winning the NJCAA Division I national championship in 2013--the program's second--Wallace State's softball team orchestrated another stellar season. The Lady Lions finished 44-26 and won their ninth consecutive ACCC Northern Division title. Wallace State earned a top seed at the state tournament and had its season end in the semifinals, marking only the third time since 2003 that the Lady Lions didn't advance to the national tournament. Wallace State's success didn't go unnoticed nationally as sophomore Kori Benson was named a NJCAA 2nd-team All-American after hitting .445 with 15 homers and 50 RBIs. She ended her career as Wallace State softball's career leader in home runs for a single season (23) and career (38). Fellow sophomore Madeline Lee finished her season with a .417 average, 12 home runs and 55 RBIs. Freshman Andrea McKenzie hit .369 with eight bombs and a team-high 66 RBIs.
Meanwhile, Wallace State's baseball team celebrated a milestone as coach Randy Putman reached the 900-win plateau during the 2014 season. Putman reached win No. 900 on March 27 in a victory against Lawson State. The Lions missed the postseason by one game in 2014 despite strong efforts from pitchers Grant Bennett and Alex Hegner.
Additionally, the WSCC Cheerleaders enjoyed a third-place finish last season at the 2013 NCA 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.