The 2016-17 season will be Kendal Wallace’s sixth as the Panthers’ head coach. He has an overall record of 79-59 with three straight NCAA Division III national tournament appearances and two USA South Tournament championships.
Wallace guided the Panthers to a 20-9 record in 2015-16 with the third straight trip to the NCAA tournament and a runner-up finish at the USA South tournament championship. The Panthers led the conference in eight different statistical categories, including scoring (88.3 ppg), free throws made (586), total rebounds (1,195), and steals (276). The Panthers ranked third in Division III in free throws made and fourth in free throws attempted (811). Senior Mark Wagner and junior Justyn Olson ranked in the top 10 in nine conference statistical categories. Both players were selected to the USA South All-Conference second team.
Wallace coached the Panthers to a second consecutive USA South Tournament championship and NCAA Division III National Tournament appearance during the 2014-15 season. The Panthers ended the season with a 17-12 record, capped off with the conference championship run and earning a trip to the Division III national tournament. Senior Nick Mitchell earned conference tournament Most Valuable Player honors for the second year in a row in helping lead the Panthers to the title.
Mitchell was a Georgia Basketball Coaches Association (GABCA) All-State and USA South All-Conference first team selection. He was also picked to the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ (NABC) South All-District second team and to the D3hoops.com All-South Region third team. Mitchell, along with seniors Jalen Butler and Jordan Johnson were all selected to the NABC Honors Court. Olson was also selected as the Newcomer of the Year by the GABCA.
Wallace guided the Panthers to their first ever USA South Conference tournament championship in 2013-14. The Panthers were 18-11 during the 2013-14 season, tying for the most wins since the 2006-07 season. Seniors Patrick Dugger and Denzel Robinson were selected to the USA South All-Conference teams. Mitchell, as a junior, won the first of his two conference tournament Most Valuable Player awards after leading the Panthers to the title.
During the 2012-13 season, the Panthers were 12-12, including a 5-9 mark in their first season in the USA South conference. The Panthers had their first regular season winning record since the 2006-07 season; highlighted by wins in Mariotti Gymnasium over nationally-ranked opponents Birmingham-Southern and Christopher Newport. Senior Marcus Vaughn was selected to the GABCA second team, and junior Patrick Dugger was selected as the Newcomer of the Year by the GABCA. Dugger was also a USA South All Conference second team selection.
In his first season, Wallace led the Panthers to their first Great South Athletic Conference regular season championship and runner-up in the GSAC Championship Tournament, finishing 12-15. Wallace was voted the GSAC Coach of the Year for his efforts. Under Wallace, the Panthers had the 2011-12 GSAC Freshman of the Year, Kyron Anderson, who was also named to the GSAC All-Conference and All-Freshman teams. Anderson was joined on the All-Conference team for the second straight year by Vaughn. Anderson was also selected to the GABCA All-State first team for NCAA Division III teams, while Vaughn was a second team selection.
The Panthers have been ranked in the NCAA Division III Top 10 nationally in many different statistical categories including; first for free throws attempted and made (2013-14), sixth in scoring (2013-14), seventh in free throw attempts (2014-15), fifth in free throws made (2014-15), and sixth in total steals (2014-15).
Wallace has graduated 14 student-athletes in his five years as head coach.
Prior to taking the helm at LC, Wallace was an assistant coach for six seasons at Maryville (Tenn.) College, his alma mater. At Maryville, he was the recruiting coordinator for the program along with assistant coaching duties. In addition, Wallace served as the athletics work study coordinator, athletics travel coordinator, game management assistant and assistant building manager for the Cooper Athletic Center.Maryville won five GSAC championships and reached the NCAA Division III national tournament five times during Wallace’s time on the staff. The Scots had six 20+ win seasons during this time and the 2009-10 team led NCAA Division III in assists per game. Maryville head coach Randy Lambert has coached four All-American selections during his 36-year tenure, three of those with Wallace as his assistant.
During this six season span, the Scots had three All-Americans, two GSAC Players of the Year and 15 GSAC All-Conference selections. The program also produced seven GSAC All-Academic selections and graduated 20 players during that time.
Wallace is a native of Nashville, Tenn. He graduated from Dickson County High School, where he was a two-year starter in basketball. Wallace played two years at Martin Methodist (Tenn.) College before transferring to Maryville.
As a player at Maryville, Wallace helped the Scots to records of 25-4 and 20-6, two NCAA Division III national tournaments (including an appearance in the Elite Eight) and were nationally ranked both seasons. Wallace was a team captain his senior season as well as being voted by his teammates as the Most Improved Player that year.
Wallace worked for two years under Lambert as a student assistant, graduating with a degree in history and a minor in political science for teacher licensure. Wallace received a master’s degree in health and fitness management from the University of North Alabama in 2000.He also holds a master’s degree in philanthropy and development from LaGrange College.
Wallace and his wife Jennifer have two sons, Rex and Reece.