Entering his 38th year as head basketball coach of the Lady Senators, Dave Kragel has developed a program that is known for its excellence on and off the court. The Lady Senators have been nationally ranked 27 of Kragel's 37 years. Kragel reached a milestone on February 9, 2013, when he won his 800th game at WSCC. In 2014, Kragel was inducted into the National Community College Coaches Athletic Association Hall of Fame.
On the court, Kragel has established a winning tradition by stressing 100 percent effort, defense and discipline of his players. His teams have won 838 games, 15 Eastern Division Championships, 14 state championships, 11 Region VII Championships and five TCCAA Conference Championships. His teams have also been runner-up in the state championship six times and, in Region VII, eight times.
Since the 1975-76 seasons, the Lady Senators have played in 17 Region VII Championship games winning 11. The Lady Senators have earned more championships than any other team in the region. Kragel's teams have also made ten national tournament appearances: 1992, 1998, 1999, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013. In 1992 and 2005, the Lady Senators finished eighth in the NJCAA Div I National Tournament. From 1991 to 1995, Kragel's teams amassed an incredible 47 wins in a row at home, winning 42 straight conference games during this same period. The Lady Senators followed that streak with another 59 straight conference games at home during 2007-2011.
Kragel has coached 22 All-Americans with 4 being named first team All-Americans. He has also coached 62 All-Region players. During his time as coach of the Lady Senators, 142 players have received scholarships to play and complete their education at four-year schools.
Off the court, Kragel's teams have excelled academically. One statistic he is especially proud of: 90 percent of his players earn a degree from Walters State and/or transfer to a four-year university to continue their education. He also coached five Academic All-Americans.
In December of 2004 Kragel was inducted into the Tennessee Junior and Community College Athletic Association Hall of Fame. He has been named TJCCAA coach of the year 18 times throughout his career and named NJCCAA Region VII coach of the year 11 times. Kragel is currently third in total wins among active coaches in the NJCAA.
In 2013, Kragel received the Union of Churches and Ministerial Alliance Dr. Donald C. Holness Sr. Leadership Award during the Alliance's celebration of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Kragel was the first person chosen to receive this honor, named in honor of the founder of the Union of Churches and Ministerial Alliance.