Enterprise County Club briefly turned into Trojan territory on Tuesday night as the Troy University Trojan Tour 2019 made a stop there.
Head coaches from the university took part in a panel and fielded questions from attendees about athletic programs, university experiences and expectations.
The panel, led by Kyle George, associate athletic director of marketing and sales at Troy University, featured football coach Chip Lindsey, baseball coach Mark Smartt, women’s basketball coach Chanda Rigby and men’s basketball coach Scott Cross.
Each coach reflected on goals for their upcoming seasons.
“We’re not going to be okay until we win another Sun Belt conference championship, get back in the NCAA tournament and win some games in that tournament,” Rigby, who is entering her seventh season with Troy, said. “Setting really high goals -- that represents our culture. That’s how we’ve led the conference the last seven years in a row in scoring. We score more points than anybody else in the conference because we strive to score 120 points a game.”
“I’d take half of those 120 points a game,” Lindsey said.
In the fall, Lindsey will begin his first season at the helm of the football program. The Madison native is familiar with Troy, having served as quarterbacks coach under former head coach Larry Blakeney.
He spoke about his staff, which includes former Enterprise High School head football coach David Faulkner as director of player personnel and high school relations.
“We were able to put together a great staff, David included,” Lindsey said. “He and I have been friends for a long time. He’s a 20-something year high school coach. He’s handles our high school relations and our camps, and he does a great job. The guys we put together are guys that really fit here at Troy. They’re really personable people, and guys that have ties to the state.”
Lindsey said the staff consists of “low ego, high output” people.
On a similar note, Cross reflected on incoming “OKG” recruits and “repping the T.”
“I want our guys to really take pride in wearing their Troy gear,” Cross said. “We’ve got a great logo and great programs, and I want our guys to put that power T logo on their chest and walk around and be proud of it. We want OKGs -- our kinda guys. We want high character, low ego guys. They’re ‘we’ guys instead of ‘me’ guys.”
Smartt, a two-time national champion as a player at Troy, enters his fourth season as baseball head coach in 2019.
He reflected on the impact that athletes from the Wiregrass area have had on the program.
“It’s kind of remarkable,” Smartt said. “Chase (Smartt), my son, graduated this year and was named an All-American last week -- something I was really proud of for him. The year before, Joey Denison, who was also a local product, was named All-American and Sun Belt Player of the Year. Those two guys started playing together when they were eight years old. You can look back through the rosters and see the influence the Wiregrass has had on Troy baseball. When you look at all the sports, certainly football, you can see the impact. It’s always important to start locally in trying to build our teams.”