History of WGTC Athletics

History of WGTC Athletics

West Georgia Technical College introduced intercollegiate athletics in the Winter Quarter of 2008. Competitive sports included men’s basketball and women’s volleyball in its inaugural year. West Georgia Tech added women’s basketball and cheerleading in the Fall of 2009.

Baseball was introduced in the Fall of 2010 and the school hired former Major Leaguer Todd Pratt as its first head coach. The Summer of 2011 saw WGTC add fast pitch softball to its arsenal.

West Georgia Tech began competing as a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association in 2011. The Golden Knights are a member of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, also known as Region 17.

In 2011 WGTC Baseball began competing as a Division 1 member of the NJCAA, becoming the first and only technical college in the state of Georgia to compete on that prestigious level.

Men’s and Women’s Basketball are NJCAA Division III members. Volleyball competes as a junior college independent while Softball is a member of the National Club Softball Association.

The Golden Knights have enjoyed success on the court and the playing field.

Men’s Basketball won the Region 17 Championship in 2011-12 in its first year as a NJCAA member. The Golden Knights advanced to the NJCAA Division III, District 7 Semifinals in Wentworth, N.C., where they lost to Prince George’s (Md.) 87-85. The Golden Knights finished the year ranked No. 14 in the nation and were just two wins away from the prestigious NJCAA Division III National Championship Tournament. Head coach Niki Okolovitch was voted Region 17 Coach of the Year, the second-consecutive season in which he earned conference coach of the year honors.

Baseball has experienced a tremendous amount of success and growth in its young history. Pratt’s 2011 squad, his first as head coach, went 22-12 (13-3 in conference) while finishing the season ranked No. 5 in the country in the National Club Baseball Association. Ace pitcher Cody Skinner led the nation in strikeouts and was recruiting by the University of West Georgia, where he eventually earned a scholarship and became a member of UWG’s starting rotation.

In 2012 the Golden Knights made the historic jump to Division 1 of the NJCAA and competed in one of the toughest junior college baseball conferences in the country. The Golden Knights went into the final series of the season with a change to earn a postseason berth but fell just short.

West Georgia Tech Baseball became the school’s first sport to offer athletic scholarships in the Spring of 2012 and that provided an immediate impact on the program with the signing of a very impressive recruiting class which will take the field in the 2012-13 school year.