Angelina College head men’s basketball coach Nick Wade and assistant coach Zac Kircher had plenty of reasons to feel proud about their first seasons on the bench at AC, but what occurred after the season may be their biggest bragging point yet.
Five Roadrunners graduated and signed to play at the next level, testament to the effort the coaches and athletes put forth both on the floor and in the classroom.
Those players include Kevin Norman, who signed with Jacksonville University in Florida; Hunter Janacek, who signed with Houston Baptist University; Kenan Jackson of Lufkin, who signed with Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, Texas; Walter Prevost, who signed with the University of Maryland-Eastern Shores; and Markus Stevenson, who signed with Lincoln College.
Norman was the Roadrunners’ leading scorer and a 1st Team All-Region selection in 2018-2019. Janacek shot 35.3 percent (65 of 184) from three-point range in 2018-2019, and Prevost averaged nearly a double-double despite missing time with injuries. Jackson and Stevenson provided valuable minutes off the bench as the ‘Runners finished 18-14 with a No. 2 seeding in the Region XIV conference tournament’s Eastern Zone.
Three of the players signed their letters of intent back in May. Wade commented then on the quality of people and players those new organizations are getting.
“First and foremost, those are great individuals and human beings,” Wade said. “They’ve been raised right and come from great families, so I don’t worry about them. Sometimes coming to a junior college program is just about being tough and figuring things out about yourself you may not know. It’s not for everybody, and those guys definitely withstood the test of time.
“They’ve been coached hard, and they know how to compete. They’ll play to the best of their abilities, and they’ll be great teammates and students. That’s all we can ask of them.”
The e-mail address for AC’s Sports Information Director is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sports Information Director Gary Stallard, who also serves as a Liberal Arts Instructor, begins his eleventh season with Angelina College. Following a career as a U.S. Marine, Stallard completed his bachelor’s degree at Stephen F. Austin University, where he majored in English and Journalism. For more than 16 years, he has worked as a sports writer/columnist/photographer for the Lufkin Daily News; he continues to contribute free-lance articles on occasion. Stallard has won several awards for writing, including the Golden Hoops Award for basketball writing in 2003, Regional Sports Writer of the Year in 2004, and the Texas Press Association’s first-place award for column writing in 2007 and in 2014. He has also done basketball, football and baseball radio and live streaming play-by- play and color commentary for an ESPN affiliate. Currently Stallard serves as play-by-play broadcaster for AC basketball, baseball and softball games.
Prior to arriving at Angelina College, Stallard taught English at Lufkin High School for four years. He currently teaches Developmental Writing classes at AC. He and his wife Susan live in Lufkin.
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