Key hired as men’s basketball coach at Wallace State

May 29, 2024Gail Crutchfield
Faron Key

Hartselle High School boys basketball coach Faron Key has been tagged to lead the Wallace State men's basketball team.(Contributed)

Faron KeyHanceville, AL — Wallace State Community College has hired Faron Key to serve as the head coach of the men’s basketball team, President Dr. Vicki Karolewics announced today.

“We are excited to welcome Coach Key back to Wallace State and trust he will continue the tradition of excellence for which the Lions are known, a tradition that is part of his own personal history with the college.”

A native of Cullman County, Key played basketball for the Lions from 1995-1997. And as an area high school coach, he has coached players during tournaments held at Traditions Bank Areana inside Tom Drake Coliseum.

Key comes to Wallace State after serving as the head coach of the Hartselle High School boys’ basketball team, where he’s coached for almost 10 years. Before coaching the Tigers, he was the head boys’ basketball coach at Arab High School (2004-2014) and the junior varsity boys’ basketball coach at Moody High School (2003-2004).

“I am very thankful and grateful for the opportunity from Dr. Karolewics and Athletic Director Paul Bailey who are putting their trust in me,” said Key, who is a Cullman County native. “I’m excited because I played there and went to school there. I wanted to get back not just to Wallace State but to the community I grew up in. To come back and continue the winning tradition at Wallace State is a challenge I don’t take lightly. I will bring great energy, effort and enthusiasm to work every day, and will recruit players who do the same.

Key takes over a team that won its fourth National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) South District/Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC) Championship and made its fourth NJCAA Division I National Tournament appearance in 2024, where they advanced to the sweet 16.

Key has 299 career wins, including 174 at Hartselle, the most wins in the school’s history. He was named the 6A Coach of the Year in 2021. He led the Tigers to three 6A Area 14 championship titles from 2019-2021 and was runner-up at the 6A Northwest Regionals in 2020. He also led the Tigers to Morgan County Championships from 2016-2019.

Key has a master’s degree from Jacksonville State University and a bachelor’s degree from Athens State University.


About Wallace State

Wallace State Community College (Ala.), a member of the Alabama Community College System, is a comprehensive community college in north central Alabama offering more than 200 options in academic, health and technical programs of study leading to an associate degree, certificate or transfer, as well as workforce-credit training and adult education. An Achieving the Dream Leader College, nationally-recognized by the Aspen Institute among the top institutions according to student outcomes, ranked by Southern Business and Development among the Top 3 institutions in the South for workforce development, named a Center of Excellence by the National League for Nursing and the National Security Administration, rated the Top Online Community College in Alabama, a Military Friendly Institution and an All-Steinway School, Wallace State is an outstanding place for students to pursue their education and career goals. Classes are offered online and on campus, day, evening and on weekends, with numerous start dates each year. Visit Wallace State’s beautiful main campus located on 300-acres in Hanceville, Ala., our satellite location in downtown Oneonta, Ala., find us online at, or call 256.352.8000.

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