An athlete and a coach: Wooley to be inducted into Point’s Hall of Fame

Published 11:44 am Wednesday, March 27, 2024

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Tory Wooley has put together a legendary career as Point’s womens basketball coach. Now, Wooley is being recognized for his contributions to the university from his playing days. 

Wooley is set to be inducted into the Hall of Fame for Point’s inaugural class in 2024. Wooley dominated the Hardwood for Point’s mens basketball team; tallying 1,765 career points during his four years at Point, earning South Region Freshman of the Year, South Region All-Conference twice and winning conference tournament MVP award. 

“It means a lot, and I’m forever grateful,” Wooley said. “I really do love this place, and what makes this place special is the people here. I’ve had so many great memories, wonderful coaches, teammates, classmates and professors that hold a special place in my heart…I absolutely loved it. I’m excited just to see this whole Hall of Fame class grow.” 

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Wooley’s accomplishments as a basketball player are hard to beat, but his involvement with the team off the court was also a major part of his time at Point. 

During his time as a student, Wooley served as campus life minister and also served on the transition team when the university began transitioning from Atlanta Christian College and moved to West Point. 

After graduating, Wooley received the Hathcock Award. The award goes to the student who exemplifies servant leadership and exemplifies the university. The award is chosen by the professors, and it is the accomplishment that Wooley is most proud of. 

“I think that award is probably one of the most special awards that I received during my time as a student,” Wooley said. 

Wooley is set to be inducted into Point’s Hall of Fame alongside five other coaches and athletes from Atlanta Christian College and Point University. The Hall of Fame is meant to uphold the history of both schools. 

Wooley is one of the few to be inducted that played for both schools. Wooley was a senior in 2012 when Atlanta Christian College became Point University, though the school was still at its original location in East Point at the time. 

“I think it’s amazing, and I think it was almost overdue,” Wooley said. “I’m excited and thankful, and I’m excited for the other five that were chosen. I think they’re well deserving… I’m excited for the first class and seeing it grow” 

Wooley and a few other students were a part of the transition team that first found out that the school would be moving to West Point. The transition team got the opportunity to announce that the school was moving during chapel. 

“That was probably one of the most special memories that I’ve had, being on the transition team and seeing things behind the scenes of how we were going to be moving,” Wooley said. “Those were great memories.” 

Wooley’s time at Point as an athlete was filled with memorable moments. Wooley and his team won their region during the school’s last season as Atlanta Christian College. In Wooley’s senior season, he set a career-high for points with 44 against Life University. 

Wooley stayed at the university after graduating and eventually became the womens basketball coach where he led the team to a conference championship last season. Wooley’s wife, Nicci Wooley, is a professor at the university. Wooley’s time at Point Univerity marked a major turning point in his life, and he has continued to be one of Point’s best ambassadors. 

“When I was searching for my identity in Christ, I found Point University or Atlanta Christian College,” Wooley said. “I grew as a man while I was here at the university. This place met me where I was at, embraced me with open arms and allowed me to be myself. That’s why I absolutely love this place.” 

The idea of making a Hall of Fame seemed far-fetched for Wooley. Wooley played high school basketball at Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy alongside Dwight Howard, but after graduating Wooley took nearly five years off of basketball before returning to the hardwood with Atlanta Christian College. 

“I was serving at a local church in Atlanta, and a pastor came up to me and said,’ I think God can use you on a college campus, Wooley said. “I was not in school or anything like that. I found out about Atlanta Christian College. I applied, and it was a dream come true.” 

Wooley worked himself back into shape while working at a YMCA. Point gave Wooley an opportunity, and he proved them right by becoming one of the most successful basketball players to come through the program. 

“I think picking the right school is so important, and sometimes kids want to go to schools with all the bells and whistles, but it might not be the right fit,” Wooley said. “Point University was tailor-made for me”