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Wallace State Athletics
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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, softball and soccer facilities are among the finest in the South.
Wallace State athletics enters the 2013-14 academic year looking to add another successful chapter to its tradition. Once its season begins, Wallace State softball will seek to defend its NJCAA Division I national championship. The Lady Lions earned their second national title crown last season after dominating the postseason. Wallace State won its second straight ACCC/Region 22 state title, sixth in seven years and eighth overall. The Lady Lions then won five out six games at the NJCAA championship in St. George, Utah, to win the program's second national title, complementing the first title won in 2008. Wallace State finished the season 55-12, had two NJCAA first-team All-Americans in outfielder Katie Gentle and pitcher BreeAnna Blevins and set a single-season team record with 75 home runs. Coach Jayne Clem was named the Karen Sykes Outstanding Coach of the national tournament, and she also surpassed 700 career wins during the 2013 season.
Wallace State's volleyball team already has the 2013-14 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.The Wallace State golf team had a national champion of its own in 2013 as freshman Aksel Olsen earned low-medalist honors at the NJCAA Men's Golf Championship in Odessa, Texas. Olsen shot a four-day total of 281 to become the first player under Hall of Fame coach Dan York to earn low-medalist recognition. York led the Lions to his 18th national tournament appearance, and they finished seventh after a runner-up finish at the state tournament. The golf team ended the 2013 fall season beating top-ranked Central Alabama at its own tournament and has a chance to be a solid national championship contender during the Spring 2014 season.
Wallace State's basketball teams both have high expectations during the 2013-14 season. The Wallace State men have a lot of experience back this season, especially in the back court with sophomore guards Jestin Lewis and Marcus Johnson, after finishing 18-14 last season and advancing to the state tournament quarterfinals. Wallace State's women's team should be a state championship contender again under coach Ron Burdette. The Lady Lions finished 23-10 last season and as state runner-up for the second consecutive season. Second-team All-ACCC performer Jaylan Snowden highlights a sophomore-laden club.
Meanwhile, Wallace State's baseball team, led by Hall of Fame coach Randy Putman, will look to add to its postseason success once the 2014 season begins. Putman will enter the season 10 wins shy of 900 for his career and look to advance to the postseason for the 24th time in his 25 years with the program. The Lions finished 29-23-1 in 2013.
Additionally, the WSCC Cheerleaders will look to improve on their third-place finish last season at the 2013 NCA competition. Wallace State had four athletes, spanning three different sports, earn NJCAA All-American recognition during the 2012-13 season.
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.