The new Dalton State Athletic Department has been busy organizing Roadrunner sports teams from offices on the second floor of the James E. Brown Center on campus.
Now, thanks to donors who have contributed to the Dalton State Foundation and those who have given to the Athletic Department, DS Athletics have now left those offices for a building to be renovated.
“It’s definitely a work in progress,” said Athletic Director Derek Waugh said of the new “home of the Roadrunners.”
“When we are finished, we see our athletic center as a welcoming building to greet visitors arriving on campus,” said Waugh. The 15,000 square foot former home of the Carpet and Rug Institute is on five acres that are currently immediate adjacent to the campus. The CRI moved out of the building in June of 2012. The next month, the foundation agreed to buy the building for $1 million.
When pledging funds to the athletic department last year, representatives of the Mashburn Charitable Trust had expressed an interest in making the facility a showcase for potential coaches and athletes.
Most of the coaches and administrator, such as Waugh and Senior Associate AD Richard Skeel, have already moved into second floor office.
Sports medicine and equipment are gradually being moved in the building’s lower level. The main floor will soon be transformed into a recruiting showcase that will house lockers for cheerleaders, volleyball, cross country, golf and tennis.
Dalton State basketball coaches are in the process of moving into a suite on the bottom floor of the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center. The offices are across the hall from the home court of Roadrunner basketball.
Trade Center General Manager Doug Phipps says the former “green room” for musical acts is being made into an area where Roadrunner basketball players can view film, have team meetings, and hang out as required by coaches,
Tennis coaches have been operating out of an office at Lakeshore Park. Lakeshore is still the home of DS tennis, but coaches will have an office at the Athletic Center.
Cross country coaches Margie Bruner and Andy Meyers now have an office to call home. Director of Golf Ben Rickett had an office at Brown. Now there is room for assistants Jim McGrew and Marsha Whitener in the AC.
Volleyball Coach Bruna Langner and Cheer Coach Robyn Newell have moved from Brown to the new Athletic Center. Volleyball will continue to practice at Christ Church Presbyterian. Cheer teams will continue working at the Creative Arts Guild gymnastics center on the Cleveland Highway.
CRI signs will soon be taken off of the building and signs, possibly temporary in nature, will guide visitors to the Athletic Center. The new offices are located on College Drive.