Dalton State Coach Tony Ingle Speaks At Kiwanis Club Meeting

Monday, March 17, 2014 - by Bob Beavers
Shown, from left to right, Dalton State SID Bob Beavers, Coach Tony Ingle, Kiwanis President Elect Tate O'Gwinn, and Dalton State Sr. Associate Athletic Director Richard Skeel
Shown, from left to right, Dalton State SID Bob Beavers, Coach Tony Ingle, Kiwanis President Elect Tate O'Gwinn, and Dalton State Sr. Associate Athletic Director Richard Skeel

Dalton State Coach Tony Ingle spoke at a Kiwanis Club meeting. Here are his remarks:

“When we came in we had a vision, we had work ethic, we wanted to do it the right way without sacrificing any principals,” Dalton State coach Tony Ingle told members of the Kiwanis Club of Dalton Tuesday at the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center.

“Yes, we had success (26-4 in the school’s first season as a four year program). I really did not want to let my hometown town and I didn’t want to let the team down, so we worked day and night.
Our players worked very hard. They had to learn to sacrifice.”

“I expect to give my best on a daily basis, that’s one thing I can do,” Ingle said.  But no one could predict such a successful start.

“We dodged a lot of bullets early, but the second week in February we are 23 and two, tied for the most wins in NAIA. If anybody said that, you’d have to give them a saliva test.”

Ingle absolutely believes in the power of positive thinking. “But we thought that,” he said. “That’s what I was hoping for. Then we end up with the third best regular season record in NAIA basketball.”

“You may outsmart Tony Ingle, but you want out WORK me,” the coach had said when he was hired. He promised that same devotion for next year.

“You can count on an honest days work for an honest days pay. You can count on a man who has a big vision and dreams. I want to do something special.

“You can count on this. I don’t give up my dream. That’s mine,” Ingle declared.

He said he wanted to win a national championship while he was a player at then Dalton Junior College and it took him 31 years to finally achieve the dream at NCAA D-II Kennesaw State.

“My day will come here… one, two, three… I just hope it won’t take 31,” said Ingle.

This year’s team started with a blueprint. “I wanted someone in each class. I wanted some freshmen, I wanted to sophomore, some juniors, and I want some seniors,” Ingle said.

Ingle said his three seniors have a real shot at graduating and being the first in their families to earn a college degree.

One of the first challenges as coach of a new team is to come up with a schedule.

“About this time last year, we had three basketball players and six basketballs,” he said. “So, I’m calling everybody and they are thinking that the new team will be an easy win. They wanted us to be their homecoming game.”

“We called 161 (NCAA) Division I schools to see if they would play Dalton State College. Only three gave us any kind of attention.”

“We started this thing with six scholarships,” the speaker said.  Local fundraising enabled an increase in scholarships.

“In May, I hired (assistant coach) John Redman. He came in and immediately added Ricky Sears and then he added Demetrice Jacobs. Finding seniors is tough.”

“You recruit great players and you’re going to be great. You recruit sorry players and you’re going to be sorry,” Ingle said.

Tony Ingle Jr. has found a job in the Whitfield County Schools that allows him to help as a volunteer assistant coach.

Bandy Gym was being renovated, forcing coaches to scramble to find a place for practice.

New Hope, Eastbrook Middle School’s old gym, the county recreation center gym off of Hill Road, Northwest Whitfield High, Christ Church Presbyterian Church, and the trade center were used for practice until Bandy was available in January.

“You don’t let what you don’t have interfere with what you can do,” Ingle said. He then praised the new Bandy “as a great place to practice every day. It makes you proud to show to recruits.”

“Leaving a legacy is very important,” Ingle told the Kiwanians. “What you get is gone when you’re gone, what you give is your legacy.”

“I have five sisters who all have the same mother and father, but I have friendships that are just as strong as my relationships with my sisters, with my parents, to people that I am biologically connected to,” said Ingle.

“I love being called a coach. A coach is a carrier. Everyone in this room is a coach. I think a coach is a leader and I think you are a coach,” said Ingle.

“A coach is someone who has the ability to have a vision, to persuade, to guide, lead, and walk beside” Ingle added. “It’s been said ‘ignore me and I’ll forget you, encourage and I’ll always remember you, inspire me and I’ll love you forever.”

Ingle said he built the 2013-2014 Roadrunners with trust. “In war,” he said. “You want someone in that foxhole who you can trust.”

University Of Mobile Defeats Dalton State Soccer

The (RV) University of Mobile Rams came to Dalton and knocked off the young (19) Dalton State Roadrunners, 1-0.  The fans were still filing into Lakeshore Park Thursday night when the University of Mobile’s Pierre Mangold kicked the only goal of the game with only 48 seconds played. “We were not ready to play the match,” said Dalton State Coach Kerem Daser. "It’s ... (click for more)

PHOTOS: Silverdale Defeats Grace For District 5-1A Crown

Chattanooga Putting World Class Guitar Collection On Display At The Choo Choo

A world class guitar collection is set to go on display permanently at the Chattanooga Choo Choo. "Songbirds," which is built around the collection of Lookout Mountain businessman Thorpe McKenzie, was introduced to the public on Thursday night. Invited guests at the Choo Choo heard Nashville guitar star Doyle Dykes perform in the Choo Choo's new Revelry Room. He played some ... (click for more)

Father Killed By Train Just After Pushing Daughter To Safety In East Brainerd

A 31-year-old man was killed just after he pushed his 10-year-old daughter to safety in an encounter with a train on a trestle in East Brainerd on Thursday afternoon. Police said two pedestrians were walking on the train tracks on a trestle at Audubon Acres when a train came around a bend and struck one of them. Justin McCary was struck by the train as he pushed ... (click for more)

Regulations As A Whole On Signal Mountain

A few years ago I was flying over Chattanooga on my way to Atlanta.  The sun had just come up and I enjoyed picking out Signal Mountain’s location, on Walden’s Ridge, in the morning light.  What was amazing was that I could not tell that a town existed under the tree canopy.  I hope that the same can be said 10, 20, or even 50 years from now.  During last ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: We Must Learn To Tell

On July 4th of this year, FBI agents – acting on a tip -- arrested Alexander Ciccolo, a 23-year-old with known mental problems, as he carried a duffel bag full of automatic-attack weapons. Moments before, he had bought the illegal firearms from an undercover informant outside of Boston. As agents later scoured his apartment, they found bomb-making equipment including a pressure ... (click for more)