State Community College invites all former Senators and Lady Senators
basketball players to attend a special reunion. Festivities will begin
following the teams’ match-up against conference rival Roane State. The Lady
Senators tip-off at 5 p.m., followed by the Senators at 7 p.m. A reception with
light refreshments will be held in the new Hall of Fame Room, located near the
“Z” Buda Assembly Hall and Gymnasium. Admission to the games and the reception
Coach Bill Carlyle and Lady Senators Coach Dave Kragel have impressive records.
Both have been inducted into the National Junior College Athletic Association
Hall of Fame.
State has such a rich athletic history and Coach Carlyle and Coach Kragel have
been integral in creating that history for the past 36 years,” said Dr. Foster
Chason, vice president for student affairs and director of athletics at Walters
number of former players from these two outstanding programs that made Walters
State basketball one of the state’s premier programs is truly noteworthy. Their
accomplishments are visible in the many championship banners hanging in the “Z”
Buda Assembly Hall and Gymnasium,” Chason added.
reunion is a first for Carlyle and he’s looking forward to it.
“We have never had a reunion of former
players and having them back on campus would be great,” Carlyle said. He hopes
former players will arrive in time to cheer the current team on against
conference rival Roane State.
we get the game over, then we’ll start catching up.”
has trouble putting into words how meaningful it is to see former Lady
me, it’s so fulfilling when players come back to see a game. I find out what
they’re doing. Many have families now and bring them to the game. It’s good to
hear what’s going on in their lives and how they have grown,” said Kragel.
like to know that the student athletes have gone on to earn four-year degrees,
that they’ve become successful. After all, that’s the reason they came to
imagines the reunion will be like many former one-on-one meetings.
catch up, but we also talk about things that happened while they were Lady
Senators. Students remember everything. I know there are things that I preach
about everyday as a coach. It’s good to hear that students are still using
those things in their lives now. You feel like you’ve really had an impact,”
Carlyle and Kragel have impressive off-the-court records among their student
athletes. More than 150 of Carlyle’s players signed to continue their
educations at four-year universities and colleges. Ninety percent of Kragel’s
players have earned a degree from Walters State or transferred to a four-year
college or university to continue their education.
hope this inaugural reunion will become a tradition for these alumni and a
tradition that will continue to grow in attendance in the future,” Chason said.
planning purposes, former players attending should RSVP to Sherry McGinnis,
secretary in the athletic office, at (423) 585-6754 or Sherry.McGinnis@ws.edu.