Dalton State To Start Soccer Programs In Fall 2015

Sunday, April 13, 2014 - by Bob Beavers

Officials at Dalton State have received approval from the University System of Georgia to go ahead with plans to field an intercollegiate soccer program for both men and women. 

The inaugural season for both teams will be in the fall of 2015. Athletic Director Derek Waugh explained that college soccer teams compete in the fall. Georgia high school soccer is played in the spring. 

“This is very positive news for Dalton State, the athletic department and the community,” said President Dr. John Schwenn.

“Our primary mission is to serve the residents of this area with a broad range of opportunities, educational and beyond,” Schwenn added. “With the strength and popularity of soccer in Northwest Georgia, this announcement will only further that goal.” 

The teams will play home matches at the new municipal soccer stadium at Lakeshore Park. Waugh said coaching searches will begin immediately with a completion date projected for this fall. 

“This timetable will give the respective coaches a chance to recruit for a year before competing,” said Waugh. “I am thrilled that we will be able to provide more opportunities for student-athletes to compete under the Roadrunner banner.” 

“Our community and the surrounding areas have obviously become a hotbed for soccer,” Waugh added. “I also look forward to bringing in kids from all over the world, like our other teams have been able to do.”

“As an athletic department, we want to do our part to provide excellent scholastic opportunities and continue the trend to make Dalton State a destination school,” Waugh noted. “I want to thank everyone involved in making this possible at the state and local level, and obviously, our immense community support was a major factor in securing the approval.”

Like Dalton State’s other sports, soccer will compete in the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC), which produced the NAIA National Champion and National Runners-up in 2013.



UTC's Volleyball Team Earns Academic Award

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's volleyball team earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2014-15 season, the group recently announced. It is the third year in a row for the Mocs.   The award honors programs that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative ... (click for more)

UTC's Gosselin, Johnson Second, Third at Tennessee Golf Amateur Championship

Zachary Smith of Bartlett, TN holds a one stroke lead heading into the second round of the 100thAnnual Tennessee State Amateur Championship hosted by Holston Hills Country Club of Knoxville. Smith got off on the right foot with a birdie at the par-4 first. An impressive front side 4-under par 31 was followed by a 1-under par 34 on the back nine. The round was capped off with a tremendous ... (click for more)

Sheriff Watson Offers To Send Team To Colorado To Help With Search For Cleveland's Joe Keller; Active Search Suspended

Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson has offered to send a Special Response Team, as well as other resources, to help Colorado authorities, who have suspended their search for 19-year-old Joseph Keller. He noted, "Joe Keller is a well-known young man who has lived in the Bradley County area, and disappeared while on a run in Conejos County, Colorado recently. " Sheriff ... (click for more)

Major AT&T Outage Strikes Chattanooga, Surrounding Areas; Verizon, T-Mobile Also Experience Outages In Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama

When AT&T subscribers tried to use their cell phones in North Georgia this afternoon, they got a message saying “Emergency Calls Only.”  On Signal Mountain, a terse “Network Busy” message popped up when they tried to use their phones.  They are not alone.  According to news reports in The Tennessean in Nashville and numerous other news sources, AT&T ... (click for more)

In Agreement With Rep. Womick's Bill

I agree wholeheartedly with the bill by Rep. Womick that county clerks only marry couples of the opposite sex, but I doubt that the present Supreme Stupids would change the position of the court and fear that the time, energy and money spent to defend a legal action brought by the liberal supporters of the present state of the law would be for nothing.  There is a higher ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Very Silly Apology

It didn’t get a lot of attention, as well it should not have, but when I heard Japanese giant Mitsubishi was offered an apology for heinous war crimes that took place during World War II, I thought it was an ill-conceived publicity stunt. But, no, in a solemn ceremony last month hosted by the Museum of Tolerance at the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, that is exactly what ... (click for more)