Dalton State Athletics Gets New Facility

Friday, August 9, 2013

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.



PHOTOS: Baylor Trips GPS In DII-2A Softball

Signal Mountain Girls Second In D-I A Track

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – There were no Chattanooga area team champions in the small division of the D-I state track and field meet at MTSU Wednesday, but the Signal Mountain girls finished second and there were three young men from the Chattanooga area who won two events each. The Lady Eagles didn’t win a single event, but Briley Lowry was second in the long jump and the 3200 relay ... (click for more)

Witnesses Say Donaldson Was Calm After Killing Son-In-Law - "I'm Just Sitting Here Waiting For The Law"

Witnesses said Glen Allen Donaldson was calm after killing his son-in-law on Dec. 29, 2016, saying, "I'm just sitting here waiting for the law." Donaldson, 57, is facing a first-degree murder charge in the death of 39-year-old Adam Levi. The jury in the courtroom of Judge Don Poole was told that Donaldson left the residence on Niles Terrace where Levi was living and drove ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Man Who Served Time For Attempted Murder Now Facing Armed Robbery Charge

A Chattanooga man who earlier served time for an attempted first-degree murder is now facing an armed robbery count. Garion Devilliar Lewis Jr., 33, is charged with aggravated robbery as well as drug and gun counts. In an incident on May 9, a man who no longer lives in Chattanooga said he was leaving his mother's residence on Sholar Avenue when he saw a man he knows across ... (click for more)

Refuting Racism

In an opinion piece, 5/18/18, Rev. Josh Woodrow referred to me and my fellow School Board member, Joe Smith, as racists and white supremacists because we spoke out against busing. I have never met or spoken with Rev. Woodrow so he knows nothing about me. The reverend obviously knows nothing about Joe Smith either. Seems one of the reverend’s hobbies is “brewing beer”. Maybe, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘Don’t Invent, Discover!’

When Randy Boyd stood in front of more than 75 black ministers in Memphis on Tuesday, the ever-dynamic “doer of deeds” told the pastors an exciting story. He talked about “First Things First” of Chattanooga because the Tennessee gubernatorial candidate is totally sold on what Julie Baumgardner and her team have proven keeps families together. Boyd then met with some representatives ... (click for more)