My alma mater has made a move to bring back intercollegiate sports. Dalton State College announced the appointment of Derek Waugh as Director of Intercollegiate Athletics:
Atlanta native Derek Waugh has been named Director of Intercollegiate Athletics for Dalton State College. Waugh, who currently serves as Assistant Athletic Director for Stetson University in DeLand, FL, will assume duties at Dalton State February 1. Waugh spent most of his career at Stetson as the Head Basketball Coach where he went from the youngest Division I Head Coach in the country in 2000, at the age of 29, to the second winningest coach in school history as he transitioned to administration in 2011.
“This is an historic time in the life of our College,” said Dr. John Schwenn, President. “The introduction of intercollegiate athletics will bring a vibrancy to our campus that we hope will spill over to the community and region. This is an essential step to our becoming the traditional four-year college we aspire to be.”
A nationwide search resulted in more than 70 applications for the Athletic Director position; the Search Committee headed by Dalton businessman Ken White invited three candidates to campus. Waugh was selected by President John Schwenn.
“Derek Waugh is an intelligent, high energy individual who we believe is exactly the right person to launch our Roadrunner athletics program,” said Dr. Schwenn. “We look forward to Derek and his family becoming part of our campus community and also part of the Greater Dalton community.”
“We really liked him very well,” said Search Committee Chair Ken White. “We think Derek’s got a lot of energy and that he shows a lot of intelligence. He’s played at a high level, coached at a high level, and been Assistant Athletic Director at a very fine school. We’re very high on him and think he’ll do a great job.”
I recall tales from my professors of how Dalton State was a basketball powerhouse back during the ’70s and ’80s. It’s something we’ve been talking about since my time serving in the student government there. I’m glad to hear it’s much closer to fruition.