Entering his 36th year as head basketball coach of the Lady Senators, Dave Kragel has developed a program that is known nationally for its excellence on and off the court. The Lady Senators have been nationally ranked 25 of Kragel's 36 years.
On the court, Kragel has established a winning tradition by stressing 100 percent effort, defense and discipline of his players. His teams have won 778 games, 15 eastern Division Championships, 12 State Championships, 9 Region VII Championships and 2 TCCAA Conference Championships. Other accolades include six State runners-up and eight Region VII runners-up.
Since the 1975-76 seasons, the Lady Senators have played in 16 Region VII Championship games winning eight, giving the Lady Senators the most championships in the region. Kragel’s teams have made eight national tournament appearances (1992, 1998, 1999, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2012). In 1992 and 2005, the Lady Senators finished eighth in the National Tournament among NJCAA Division I junior colleges. 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 wins at home in 2007-2011. Kragel has had 19 All-Americans with 3 being named first team All-Americans and 51 All-Region players. He has also had 135 players sign scholarships to four-year schools.
Off the court, Kragel's teams have excelled academically. He has produced four Academic All-Americans, and 90 percent of Kragel's players earn a degree from Walters State or transfer to another college or university to continue their education.
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 17 times throughout his career, and 9 times he’s been named NJCCAA Region VII coach of the year. 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.