Dalton State Basketball Schedule Released

Thursday, August 8, 2013
Dalton State Coaches John Redman and Tony Ingle
Dalton State Coaches John Redman and Tony Ingle

After a lot of hard work, Dalton State basketball coaches have received the final contract for the initial season at Roadrunner basketball as a four-year institution.

The athletic program officially became a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics on August 1, but will not be allowed to compete in a conference schedule until the 2014-2016 season.

“Finalizing a schedule is very difficult when you’re not in a conference,” said Roadrunner Head Coach Tony Ingle. “You don’t have 16 to 20 built in ballgames.”

The scheduled includes 29 ballgames, plus two exhibition games. Ingle said DS will have 14 regular season games away and 16 at home.

“I’m proud that we were able to pull that off,” he said.  “The greatest distance to travel are for the first two games of the season.”

They go to Mobile, AL on October 30 to play Spring Hill College and to Jackson, MS to visit Belhaven University on November 1.

The schedule will take DS to schools in five states.

“By the grace of goodness we have fairly close (geographically) teams including some teams that were either highly ranked or played in the NAIA Tournament,” Ingle said. “These are top programs that will give us a good measuring stick of where we are and what we have to do to improve the program.”

Roadrunner assistant coach John Redman is excited about opening the new era of DS basketball with a trip to his alma mater, Spring Hill.

“My little brother, Ben, is on the team, my whole family and friends will be at the game, my fiancé and her family will be there,” said Redman. “Kind like a little homecoming for me.” 

Dalton State point guard Rickey Sears was a force last year for Spring Hill, but decided to follow Coach Redman to Dalton for his senior season.

DS will play a couple of exhibition games on the road against Austin Peay University in Clarksville, TN and Jacksonville State University in Alabama.

“Obviously those games are good for the fans,” Ingle said. “The players like competing in them, but it’s just another way to help us prepare the team for what is really important. Those are the teams in our league and our level of competition. To other people it is a big thing because you get to see Dalton State College come across the ticker on ESPN when we play those two games.”

Basketball coaches are still examining possible practice facilities. When renovations to Bandy Gym on the DS campus are completed, the team will share practice time with women’s volleyball and intramural teams.

Because of a busy events schedule at the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center, very little practice time will be available at the regular season home court. “If they can put the floor down a day or two early, it sure would help us.”

"Christ Church Presbyterian has agreed to allow both basketball and volleyball teams practice and workout in their gymnasium and fitness center.

Ingle said other facilities are also being investigated.

“We’re negotiating some places to practice around town,” he said. “Although they are good spots, they are still not college courts. When you do things in shooting and full court stuff it does affect practice. We are going to do the best with what we have.”

“We’ll do the best with what we have, Ingle said. “It is going to be cumbersome.” As an example, DS basketball has bought two expensive pieces of practice equipment.  “Where do you put ‘em.”

Christ Church has the ideal six baskets. When practicing at the trade center, they only have two baskets. Ingle said he is planning on having 19 people involved in the first year program, “16 players and three redshirts.” 

We really have a lot of organizational things to be on top of to run a COLLEGE program,” he said.  “This is not a junior college. This is NAIA.  It is competitive and we want to compete.”

Schedule:

Oct.  sometime     Midnight  Madness & Blue  White   Trade Center                      TBA


Oct.  30  Wed.       Spring Hill College                             Mobile, Ala.                      7:00 CST

Nov. 1     Fri.          Belhaven University                       Jackson Ms.                     7:00 CST

Nov. 5  Tue.       Southern Wesleyan                            Central, SC.                        7:00 pm

Nov. 7  Thur.      Hiwassee College                             Trade Center                    7:00pm

                                             Tennessee Wesleyan Classic

Nov. 8    Fri.           Bryan College                                      Athens,  Tn.                       6:00pm

Nov. 9  Sat.          Tennessee Wesleyan  College              Athens, Tn.                  4:00pm

Nov. 13  Wed.       Carver College                               Trade Center                      7:00pm

       Nov. 15 Fri.                     Roadrunner Basketball Club Classic

                              Dalton State vs  Morris College     Trade Center                    8:00pm

                            Cumberland College  Vs  Voorhees College                              6:00pm

Nov. 16  Sat.      Dalton State vs Voorhees                  Trade Center                 4:00pm

                             Cumberland College  vs Morris College                                     2:00pm

 

 **Nov. 22  Fri.          Jacksonville, State (Exhibition)   Jacksonville, Ala.   4:00pm

      Nov. 26  Tue.       Auburn  of Montgomery                    Trade Center                 7:00pm

      Dec.  2   Mon.       Southern Poly State University           Trade Center                 7:00pm

Dec. 7    Sat.       Hiwassee  College                              Madisonville, Tn.               7:00pm

Dec . 17 Tue.       Southern Wesleyan                          Trade Center                  7:00pm

 

                                          Carpet City Christmas Classic

Dec.  20  Fri.        Dalton State vs Concodia (Selma)     Trade Center                 8:00pm

Cumberland College  Tn. vs Belhaven University

Dec.  21  Sat.        Dalton State  vs  Belhaven University Trade Center                8:00pm

                              Cumberland University Tn.vs. Concordia (Selma)                          6:00pm

 

**Dec. 30   Mon.   Austin Peay State University  (Exhibition) Clarksville Tn.          7:30 CST

Jan.   2    Thur.     Reinhardt University                               Trade Center                   4:00pm

Jan.  4    Sat.         Faulkner  University                          Trade Center                   4:00pm

Jan. 6   Mon.       Spring Hill College                              Trade Center                7:00pm

Jan. 8   Wed.        Carver College                                   Atlanta, Ga.                     7:00pm

Jan. 13  Mon.         Virginia Intermont college             Trade Center                   7:00pm

Jan. 18 Sat.         Allen University                               Columbia SC                      7:00pm

Jan. 21  Tue.        Tennessee Temple                            Chattanooga, Tn.              7:00pm

Jan. 25  Sat.          Reinhardt College                            Waleska, Ga.                      4:00pm

Jan. 29 Wed.        Life University                                   Trade Center                   7:00pm

Feb.  1   Sat.         Allen University                                 Trade Center                  4:00pm

Feb. 13  Thur.      Faulkner University                            Montgomery Ala.           7:30 CST

Feb. 15  Tue.        Southern Poly State University        Marietta   Ga.                    TBA

Feb.  20  Thur.     Auburn of Montgomery                  Montgomery Ala.             TBA

Feb. 25  Tue.        Tennessee Temple                                    Trade Center                         7:00pm

 

NOTE:   Post season Play is tentative set for  Invitation to NAIA National Tournament or NCCAA National Tournament:   **  Indicates Division I Exhibition Opponents ; Bold Print= home games


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