Wake Tech making noise with homegrown talent
Posted February 25, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — Louisburg College is currently ranked No. 2 in the Division II National Junior College poll with their lone loss coming to No. 20 Wake Tech – a program new to the big stage.
Just four years after the program’s inception, Wake Tech has transformed into a player at the NJC level, but the Eagles’ accelerated rise to prominence hasn’t been without a few growing pains.
"A lot of humbling moments," said Wake Tech Head Coach Van Williams. "A lot of moments when I had to put the happy face on to go home and see my wife and kids."
Now, you can’t wipe the smile off of Williams’ face. Sporting a roster filled with almost all homegrown talent, Wake Tech continues to raise the bar.
"We've definitely exceeded our own expectations," said Wake Tech sophomore and Southeast Raleigh graduate Joshua Cassady.
The Eagles boast a 21-7 record, including a nine-game win streak. They have cracked the national top-20 for the first time in school history. And the biggest single moment of the year – a win over then-No. 1 Louisburg.
"Honestly, that was one of the best feelings we've ever felt," said Cassady. "We came so far. It took a lot of us sticking together, but we did it."
But they are still not where they want to be.
"We've talked about it a lot, how this gym looks kind of empty with no banners up yet," said Wake Tech sophomore guard and Enloe graduate Andrew Bost. "We want to be the first ones to put a banner up."
As of now, Wake Tech may be a mere blip on the radar in the college basketball rich Triangle area, but they are confident that they will be heard from more moving forward.
"It's funny, I was listening to Adam and Joe on The Fan, and somebody called in and they were ragging Duke and Carolina," said Williams. "'Carolina looked like Wake Tech,' they said. I didn't take that offensively, I was excited! It's kind of like "the Pirates of the Caribbean." They tell Jack Sparrow, 'you may be the worst pirate ever," and he said, 'but you do know who I am! You have heard of me.'"