Meet Coach Tony Ingle

When Tony Ingle grew up in the government housing projects of Dalton, Georgia, he was so poor that he had to fish his first pair of basketball shoes out of a dumpster. After a horrific knee injury during the national junior college basketball tournament ended his playing career, he set about chasing his championship dreams as a coach. His long climb up “the ladder” from high school to college was chock-full of high-octane offense and circus plays, culminating in a dream job as the interim bench boss at Brigham Young University. But after a nightmarish 0-19 campaign full of season-ending injuries and blowout losses,BYU put Coach Ingle out on the street. During his three years in basketball’s wilderness, he performed a series of odd jobs to provide for his wife and five children — including carpet salesman, TV pitchman, and stand-up comic. Coach Ingle’s second chance finally came at Kennesaw State University, a college near Atlanta, where he orchestrated one of the best “comeback” stories in all of sports. when he coached the Owls to a 26 game winning streak and won the NCAA Division II National Championship!

“Tony Ingle listens to his audience and can sense where the real need and pain is in people which allows them to relate to him”

Stephen R. Covey

Best Selling Author, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“Tony can inspire an audience and everybody has a good time while he is doing it”

Nolan D. Archibald

CEO, Black and Decker Corporation

“Tony Ingle is an enthusiastic, informed, sincere, and humorous speaker”

Marie Osmond

Singer & Entertainer

“We were honored and excited to have Tony be our Keynote speaker for our international convention”

Dave Riley

CEO, Pro Image Franchise

Tony Ingle’s Highlights

  • Honored with two National Coach of the Year awards
  • Founder and executive director of the John & Nellie Wooden awards
  • Scouted for the Utah Jazz in the NBA
  • Kennesaw State University All Time Winning Coach
  • Only coach in the nation to be Head Coach in High School, Junior College, NAIA, NCAA Division II, and NCAA Division I all in the same state (Georgia)
  • Only coach in Georgia to be selected Coach of the Year at four different levels in the same state; high school, junior college, NAIA, and  NCAA division II
  • Color analyst for Mountain West Conference. Games on KSL TV
  • Inducted to Cherokee County, Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 2009
  • Sold Book rights to movie producer about his life