This year's inductees include four well-respected and deserving coaches in Bill Carlyle
, Francis Flax, Joe O'Brien and Paige Rowden, as well as a former two-time All-American Ned Duncan.
One of the best NJCAA Region 7 basketball coaches in history, Carlyle
has been a leader on and off the basketball court for more than 40 years.He
is currently in his
31st season as head coach at Walters State Community College
(Tenn.). Heading into this season, Carlyle's record of 628-272 ranks eighth in wins among active NJCAA coaches and 25th all-time in career NJCAA wins. His
teams have been nothing but consistent over the last 20 years, winning at least 20 games in each season.Carlyle's teams have won 13 Tennessee Junior & Community College Athletic Association
(TJCAAA) East Division championships, seven TJCCAA
and three Region 7 titles.The 2001-02 season saw Carlyle advance his
team to the NJCAA Division I National Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan., where they placed eighth.He also led Walters State to back-to-back tournament berths in the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons. Carlyle
has been selected TJCCAA Coach of the Year 14 times and NJCAA District 7 Coach of the Year three times.More than 100 of his
players have signed with four-year colleges and universities.
tenure at Walters State
coached high school basketball, baseball and football.He
led the women's basketball team at Maury High School
(Tenn.) to a state title in 1966.He
also had coaching stints at Sacramento High School
(Ky.) and Bulls Gap High School
(Tenn.)He then moved to the college ranks, working as an assistant at East Tennessee State University and Oklahoma State University.He also served as head coach at Parsons College (Iowa) where his team was ranked in the Top 20 in NCAA Division II two years in a row.
With a career coaching record of 869-359 (.707), Carlyle
has also been inducted into three other halls of fame.In 1999 he
was inducted into the Cumberland College Athletic Hall of Fame as well as the TJCCAA Hall of Fame
.Then, in 2000 he
was inducted into the Morristown High School Alumni Hall of Fame
. Carlyle has also served the NJCAA as the men's Assistant Region 7 Director for the past 10 years.