LaGrange men's basketball head coach Kendal Wallace has been selected by STUDENTathleteWorld (SaWUSA) to represent the United States in the 2019 United World Games, the largest youth tournament in Europe. The tournament will be held in Italy, Austria, and Germany from June 17-26.
Wallace is one of seven coaches for the SaWUSA USA teams. He will be coaching the U19 USA East squad.
"What an incredible opportunity. Basketball is such an important part of my life," said Wallace. "Being a coach is not a job, it is a lifestyle and I'm so appreciative that it is allowing me to do bucket list items such as this opportunity."
Wallace just completed his eighth season at LaGrange and has a record of 127-92. He has the second highest winning percentage by a LaGrange coach. The Panthers were 17-9, including a 13-5 USA South conference record, during the 2018-19 season.
LaGrange has made four NCAA Division III national tournament appearances, won three USA South Tournament championships and a Great South Athletic Conference regular season title in Wallace's eight years. He has had nine players earn all-conference honors and in the previous two seasons had eight players named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court.
"Traveling to Italy, Austria, and Germany will be something this group will never forget. I am looking forward to getting to know the young people on this trip and sharing a life-changing experience with them," Wallace noted. "Thank you to Tim Ryerson and Student Athlete World for selecting me to represent the United States and to coach in the U19 United World Games."