Dalton State Coach Tony Ingle Named NAIA National Coach of the Year
(dsroadrunners.com) PHOENIX, AZ — Dalton State’s Tony Ingle is the 2017 recipient of the Don Meyer Coach of the Year award. The award is presented annually to the top NAIA coach in America.
“What a tremendous honor for Tony, our basketball team and Dalton State,” said Dalton State Interim Athletic Director Jon Jaudon. “We are blessed to have one of the finest basketball coaches, at any level, in the country. Being named, Don Meyer National Coach of the Year authenticates what we already knew. Congratulations Coach!”
In his fourth season at the helm, the Roadrunners finished with a 29-5 record and a quarterfinal finish in the NAIA National Championship. Under his direction, Dalton State has compiled a 106-24 record, two Southern States Athletic Conference regular season titles (2015, 2017), one SSAC Tournament Championship (2017), and a National Championship (2015).
Ingle is the only person to coach at the high school, junior college, NAIA, NCAA Division II and Division I levels as a head coach. He’s also won 35 games in a season as a player and as a coach and led Kennesaw State to the NCAA Division II national championship before helping the program transition to the Division I level.
“Coach Ingle has done just about everything in his coaching career,” said CollegeInsider.com’s Angela Lento. “He truly is one of the legends of the profession.”
THE DON MEYER COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD
The Don Meyer Award, which is presented annually to the top NAIA basketball coach, is named in honor of the one of the sport’s winningest coaches.
In 38 seasons at Hamline, Lipscomb and Northern State, Don Meyer compiled an astounding 923-324 record. He led Lipscomb to the NAIA national championship in 1986, and coached the two highest-scoring players in the history of college basketball, John Pierce and Philip Hutcheson. Also, his 1989-90 team at Lipscomb won a record 41 games and was the highest scoring team in college history.
In 2010, he received the John Bunn Award at the Basketball Hall of Fame. Meyer retired from coaching in February 2010. Coach Meyer lost his long battle with cancer on May 18, 2014, at the age of 69.