Coach Bill Carlyle is in his 35th year as head basketball coach of the Senators, and his 50th year overall. Before coming to Walters State, he coached high school basketball, baseball and football. He led the 1966 girl’s basketball team of Maury High School to a TSSAA State Championship. Carlyle also had coaching stops at Sacramento High School (Ky.) and Bulls Gap High School (Tenn.).
Coach Carlyle's next stop was in the college ranks with stays at East Tennessee State University and Oklahoma State University as an assistant coach. He served as head coach at Parsons College (IA) where his team was ranked in the top 20 of the NCAA Division II two years back to back.
In his 34 years at Walters State, Coach Carlyle has led his team to 14 Eastern Division Championships and have played in 8 state title games, winning 5 championships. His 1996 team was Region VII runners-up. His 2002 team won both the TJCCAA State Championship and the NJCAA Region VII Championship. After a very successful National Tournament appearance, the Senators finished 8th in the national rankings. His 2003-04 and 2004-05 teams won the TJCCAA Eastern Division, State Championship and the NJCCAA Region VII Championship. The 2007-2008 Team finished the year with a 32-3 record, an Eastern Division Championship, a TJCCAA State Championship, a Region VII NJCAA Championship, and another trip to the National Junior College Tournament in Hutchinson, KS. The team was ranked 12th in the final NJCAA Poll. Coach Carlyle has been honored as Coach of the Year 14 times. More than 150 of his players have signed with four-year colleges and universities since 1977.
Coach Carlyle has been inducted into five Halls of Fame. In 1999 he was inducted into the Cumberland College Athletic Hall of Fame. That same year he was inducted into the Tennessee Junior and Community College Hall of Fame. In 2000, he was inducted into the Morristown High School Alumni Hall of Fame. And in 2008, Coach Carlyle was inducted into the National Junior College Hall of Fame during the National Tournament in Hutchinson, KS. In 2010, Coach Carlyle was inducted into the Morristown High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
The Senators have averaged winning 20+ games a year over the past 34 years. Carlyle has a record at Walters State of 716 wins and 298 losses. This mark places him at No. 13 in the nation among active coaches in the NJCAA. His overall record as a head coach is 961 wins and 392 losses. Coach Carlyle's record as a head coach and his tenure as an assistant coach combine for a record of 1081 wins and 491 losses.
Alcoa High School 1997-2001 1st Team All-State Tennessee
Hiwassee College 2001-2003 Madisonville, TN
Ferrum College 2003-2005 Ferrum, VA
Played in the NJCAA for two years while Hiwassee College was a member of the TJCAA for many years.
Lead Hiwassee and Ferrum College in assist for the years played.
2007-2008 assistant Men's and Women's Coach at Hiwassee College
2008-2011 Head Coach at Hiwassee College Madisonville, TN\
2009-2010 Appearance in the USCAA (United State Collegiate Athletic Association) national tournament in Uniontown, PA
Finished the season ranked 6th in the Nation