Dalton State Prolific In Season Ticket Sales At Northwest Georgia Trade Center

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Retired Dalton Junior College coach Mel Ottinger, Dalton State basketball coach Tony Ingle, and Roadrunner basketball booster club president Brady Creel
Retired Dalton Junior College coach Mel Ottinger, Dalton State basketball coach Tony Ingle, and Roadrunner basketball booster club president Brady Creel

Most first year programs generate excitement, but the excitement surrounding the Dalton State men’s basketball program is setting new standards in the college basketball world. 

Derek Waugh, Dalton State’s director of intercollegiate athletics, reports that over 720 season tickets have been sold to watch the Roadrunners compete in their first NAIA campaign. 

Waugh said 904 season tickets have been allocated. That, he said, takes into account tickets reserved for alumni events, charitable endeavors and home team allotments. 

“Having spent the last 20 years in the Southeast at the Division I basketball level, I can make an extremely educated guess that we are selling more season tickets than 75% of the schools in leagues like the Atlantic Sun and the Southern Conference,” said Waugh.

“I think you would be hard pressed to find any other NAIA program that has been as prolific,” he added.  “The support of this community as well as many members of the Dalton State Community has been mind blowing and quite a blessing.”

The athletic director also credits coach Tony Ingle for the excitement. “His gravitas in the area and also the fact that we are playing in a true ‘arena’ at the Trade Center,” Waugh said. “I hope and think we will also have a great campus community following and I want the games to be enjoyable, win or lose.”

While Waugh expects Coach Ingle’s team to be competitive, he also is quick to temper expectations.

“From what I know and have seen, Coach Ingle has put together a great group of guys who should be very competitive, but everyone must remember they are a first year program.  Most first year programs win one or two games.  I don’t foresee that, but at the same time, great things take time to build.”

Season tickets have been assigned and are being printed for those who have already purchased. Anyone looking to buy season tickets or individual game tickets should call the Trade Center Box Office at 706 272-7676.  



John Hart, Former Atlanta General Manager, Leaves Braves' Organization

Veteran baseball executive John Hart has decided to leave the Braves to pursue other interests, the club announced Friday. When the Braves introduced Alex Anthopoulos as their new executive vice president and general manager on Monday, it was announced Hart's role would change from president of baseball operations to special advisor. Hart, who had previously found ... (click for more)

PHOTOS: UTC Wins Home Opener

School Board Says It Would Not Sell School Buildings To Signal Mountain

The County School Board on Thursday night passed a resolution saying it would not sell three schools at Signal Mountain if it chooses to break away and form its own school district. Attorney Scott Bennett said the schools would still be needed and be operated for students on Waldens Ridge outside of the town of Signal Mountain. The schools are Signal Mountain Middle/High, Nolan ... (click for more)

Lookout Mountain, Ga. Residents Debate Chicken Issue; Town Calling In Highway Patrol On Speeders

Debate about whether to allow residents of Lookout Mountain, Ga., to keep chickens, took place at a public meeting Thursday afternoon prior to the November city council meeting. Most of the residents who spoke in favor of allowing the animals already keep them despite the town’s ordinance from 1988 prohibiting the practice unless the property is at least five acres.   ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Should Be Problem Solvers Around The City

Re: Roy Exum’s “Stay, Signal Mountain, Stay”  Well this article is something to think about. I think the split could go either way, and Signal Mountain schools would still flourish, as they have done for the past several years. What I'm worried about is why Signal Mountain has not yet had the guts to go be problem solvers at Howard, or Tyner, or Central. Why do ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: How Would I Vote?

I don’t know what to think or who to believe in the debacle surrounding Alabama’s Roy Moore and his quest for a Senate seat. I have no earthly idea what he did or how he acted 40 years ago. Heck, I can’t remember what I did or how I acted 40 years ago but I do recall I kissed some minors back then. To be real honest, they were the only ones that would let me, this because I was ... (click for more)