Angelina College head basketball coach Nick Wade and his Roadrunners had a mere two days to celebrate the team’s season-opening win over Victoria College – Wade’s first official win as a head coach.
Then it was back to the grind and on the road, where the Roadrunners dropped a pair of games to strong programs at the East-West Challenge held this past weekend in Lewisville. AC lost to Grayson College on Saturday and to No. 7 Odessa College on Sunday, and Wade said during Monday’s interview that both he and his players took the losses as vital learning experiences heading into Wednesday’s home matchup against another high-powered foe in McLennan College.
“We played two great teams in Lewisville, and I think what I took away from the games mostly is that I’ve got to do a better job coaching our guys up and getting them prepared for that type of competition,” Wade said. “I was really pleased with the way they competed and did the things we asked them to do, but it starts with me. I’ll be a better teacher this week and tweak some things we do. It was a great learning experience for all of us.”
Wednesday’s opponent, the McLennan College Highlanders, will offer yet another stiff challenge for a young Roadrunner roster.
“McLennan is right on par with the teams we faced this past weekend,” Wade said. “They’re very well-coached and very talented, and the last few years they’ve been one of those programs in national contention. That’s what we want to see.
“As long as we compete and communicate, I’ll be a happy coach.”
Wednesday’s tipoff takes place at 7 p.m. at Shands Gymnasium on the Angelina College campus. In lieu of an admission charge, fans are asked to bring pet-friendly items in support of the Winnie Berry Humane Society.
The game also will be available for viewing via live streaming by visiting the AC Athletics web site at angelinaathletics.com.
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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