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By Mark Wright

Golden Ingle Will Join Father at Kennesaw State

BOWLING GREEN, KENTUCKY -- Golden Ingle, a sophomore point guard at Western Kentucky University, is the latest LDS college basketball player to announce that he's changing addresses for the upcoming season. However, instead of transferring to BYU as some other recent transferees have done, Golden is leaving Western Kentucky to play at Kennesaw State, a NCAA Division II school located in Georgia.

An active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Golden had originally planned on leaving for a mission after completing his freshman year at Western Kentucky. Now it appears that he will play at least one year for his father, Tony Ingle, who was named head coach at Kennesaw State last year. Many BYU basketball fans will remember Tony Ingle from his coaching days at BYU. Tony served as an assistant coach under Coach Roger Reid and as interim head coach at BYU before Steve Cleveland was named head coach three years ago.

While Kennesaw already has stand-out all conference point guard Ed Womack on the roster, Tony Ingle plans to shift Womack to the shooting guard position, opening the point guard slot for Golden. "The bottom line is, Ed is a point guard, but he really likes to score a lot, so we're going to bump him over to the two," Tony Ingle said. "Golden is more of a cerebral player. He gets everybody included and is a natural leader. He just has that natural ability that you can't coach." Since Golden is transferring from a Division I school to a Division II school, he will not be required to sit out a year and will be eligible to play next year. Listening to his father, it seems that Golden will not only play, he will probably start. That would be a change for Golden, who was used sparingly as a freshman at Western Kentucky, appearing in only 12 games where he scored 15 points and had three steals.

According to the those involved, Golden's main reason for transferring was to be closer to his family. Tony, speaking of his oldest son, said, "He and his brothers are real, real close." "They're not only close in age, but they're really best buddies." Golden's former coach at Kentucky, Dennis Felton, recognized that the Ingles were a tight-knit family and knew that Golden wanted to be closer to his family. "He really missed his family, which didn't surprise me because they're about as close as a family gets," Felton said. "I can also understand the attraction to go play for his dad." Hopefully, Golden's transfer, with the attendant father-son coaching experience, will be successful for both the Ingles and the Kennesaw State basketball program.


Point guard leaving Western
Bowling Green KY Daily News 7May01 S2
By OJ Stapleton
Golden Ingle will play for his father

Out of left field
Bowling Green KY Daily News 4May01 S2
By OJ Stapleton
Guard may be leaving Hilltoppers


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