Faron Key Leaves Hartselle to Take Over Wallace State Hoops Program

Hanceville, AL – Hartselle Tigers head basketball coach Faron Key is making the move to the collegiate hardwood.  Wallace State Community College President Dr. Vicki Karolewics officially announced the move on Thursday.  

“We are excited to welcome Coach Key back to Wallace State and trust he will continue the tradition of excellence for which the Lions are known, a tradition that is part of his own personal history with the college,” said Dr. Karolewics.

The Cullman County native played for the Lions from 1995-1997. 

Key takes over the Wallace State program after a historically successful run at Hartselle High School.  Prior to Hartselle, Key spent a decade at Arab, serving as the Knights boys hoops coach from 2004 to 2014 and led the junior varsity boys’ basketball squad at Moody for one season (2003-2004).

“I am very thankful and grateful for the opportunity from Dr. Karolewics and Athletic Director Paul Bailey who are putting their trust in me,” said Key. “I’m excited because I played there and went to school there. I wanted to get back not just to Wallace State but to the community I grew up in. To come back and continue the winning tradition at Wallace State is a challenge I don’t take lightly. I will bring great energy, effort and enthusiasm to work every day and will recruit players who do the same.”

Key takes over a team that secured its fourth National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) South District/Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC) Championship and made its fourth NJCAA Division I National Tournament appearance in 2024, advancing to the Sweet 16.

With 299 career wins, including a record 174 victories at Hartselle, Key holds the most wins in Tigers’ history. He was honored as the 6A Coach of the Year in 2021. His run at Hartselle was highlighted by  three 6A Area 14 titles from 2019-2021 and a runner-up position at the 6A Northwest Regionals in 2020. Additionally, he lead Hartselle to multiple Morgan County Championships from 2016-2019.

Key holds a master’s degree from Jacksonville State University and a bachelor’s degree from Athens State.

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