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Dee Goodwin Named Dalton State’s Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country Coach

Dee Goodwin

DALTON, Ga. – Former All-SOCON runner and Dalton native Dee Goodwin has been named Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country coach at Dalton State.

“I look forward to developing young student-athletes and building on the success of the coaches that began cross country and track at Dalton State,” Goodwin said in a statement. “My goal is to bring quality athletes into the program and win conference championships.”

A 1986 graduate of Northwest Whitfield High, Goodwin comes with an accomplished background. At UTC, she was a 4-time All-SOCON performer in cross country and won the 1987 10,000 meter SOCON Track Championship. Her school-record in the 10,000 meters stood for ten years.

Goodwin takes over for Margie Bruner, who resigned on February 1.

“It was an honor to be hired as the first Director of Cross Country at Dalton State,” said Bruner. “I had a great experience and really enjoyed developing relationships with the student-athletes.”

“Dalton state Interim Director of Athletics Jon Jaudon said of Bruner, “Our student-athletes have had the good fortune of being led by one of the most competitive, humble, graceful and kind human beings in coach Bruner. Her leadership will continue to influence those students she coached for a lifetime.”

Jaudon continued, speaking about Goodwin saying, “Dee Goodwin is a well-known member of the Dalton-Whitfield running and education community. We are fortunate to have a decorated athlete with decades of coaching experience available and willing to step in and serve our department and student-athletes.”

Bruner echoed the same sentiment saying, “I think Dee Goodwin will be an excellent coach for the women’s teams. She has a wealth of experience and knowledge.”

Upon graduating from UTC with honors as the Dayle May Athletic-Academic Award winner given to the senior with the highest GPA among all graduating student-athletes, Goodwin ran competitively for Adidas from 94-96. In 2003, she became the first female runner inducted into the UTC Hall of Fame. She is still an active runner in the Southeast and in November 2015 she competed in a 100-mile race.

Goodwin will get her first taste of collegiate coaching when the Roadrunners compete in the Emory Invitational in Atlanta, GA on March 17-18.

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Dalton State Athletics Announces Reorganization Plan

DALTON–(Jan. 26)–Dalton State College will cut four NAIA-sponsored sports teams, the cheerleading program, add one sport, and scale back two others as it reorganizes its intercollegiate athletics program into one it can afford to maintain.

Men’s and women’s tennis will be dropped from the 10-team roster as will women’s volleyball and men’s cross country. The cheer program, which is not an NAIA sanctioned sport at Dalton State, will be eliminated, and scholarships for men’s soccer and men’s golf will be scaled back unless or until private support can be developed to bring them back to full strength.

The other remaining sports: men’s basketball, women’s soccer, women’s golf, and women’s cross country, will also be financially impacted but on a smaller scale. Women’s track and field will be added with athletes from the cross country team participating.

Administrators estimate that program cuts and other budget tightening measures will save approximately $1 million.

“The good news is that athletics continues at Dalton State but in a more sustainable fashion,” said Interim Athletic Director Jon Jaudon. “This plan allows us to maintain the excellent results we desire. Our goal is to compete for and win conference and national championships.”

The new configuration of seven sports teams will not only be more financially sustainable but will bring the program into compliance with Title IX requirements for gender equity. Jaudon explained that allocation of athletic participation and resources must ultimately reflect the 60/40 female to male composition of the Dalton State student population.

The new model takes effect July 1.

“To say this has been a difficult process is an understatement,” said Dr. Margaret Venable, president of the College. “These teams have performed spectacularly, and many of these athletes are also very fine students. They came here to play and earn a Dalton State degree. They will no longer be competing as Roadrunners, and some of them will leave us to continue their athletic careers elsewhere. That is understandable, and we wish them the very best. Those scholarship athletes who wish to stay to complete their degrees here will receive financial assistance to do so.

“I apologize to the athletes, their coaches, their families, and their fans that we have to take this difficult action; there just is no other alternative,” she said. “We must design an athletic program we can afford to maintain.”

Jaudon said he is cautiously optimistic that sufficient financial support will be developed to maintain men’s soccer and golf at or near their current levels. “The support for our teams and athletics as a whole continues to be very high. That support is needed more than ever as we strive for excellence,” he said.

The College’s athletic program grew from seven sports to 10 (plus cheer) in its first three years, outpacing financial resources available to sustain it. Despite generous support from private donors, disbursement of initial start-up funds was accelerated beyond their associated timelines. The financial model reflected revenue distributions where 65 percent were coming from private sources and only 35 percent deriving from predictable revenue sources, including student fees.

The program’s financial woes first came to light during a routine Presidential Transition Audit ordered by the University System of Georgia following the appointment of Venable as president in 2015. A deeper dive into the books revealed the weakness of the financial model and the fact that most of the start-up funds had been depleted years ahead of schedule. Jaudon joined the department as Interim Athletic Director last July after a search for a fulltime AD was suspended in light of financial shortfalls.

“Our athletic program remains a vital part of the Dalton State experience, and it is critically important as we strive to become a first-choice destination college to students of this region and beyond,” Venable said.

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Dalton State Basketball 2016-17 Schedule

DaltonStateBlowups_041112Dalton, Ga. – Dalton State basketball coach Tony Ingle has announced the 2016-2017 Roadrunner schedule with the annual Blue and White Scrimmage tipping things off at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25th, at the Dalton Convention Center’s Mashburn Arena.

Coach Ingle says fans will like what we see this year.

“We worked hard last winter and spring to bring in top notch recruits,” said Ingle. “We had to replace some very key players (third team All-American and 2015 National Championship Tournament Most Valuable Player) as well as Jalen Robinson (honorable mention All-American), and Jamaine Burrey (SSAC Defensive Player of the Year). Obviously, losing those three players to graduation and pro will be difficult to do because they were such good young men and wonderful players. We have brought in two junior college All-Americans, Carnilious Simmons and Isaiah Box, to help fill those vacancies.”

And the 2016-2017 schedule should provide plenty of excitement. “We feel our fans will love the schedule,” said Ingle. “It includes a game with NCAA D1 opponent Jacksonville State University, an early season classic tournament on the road, and some very strong conference rivals. One major key for us is to enjoy working hard and doing what is needed to get the team to come together.”

The Roadrunners then go on the road for four games. The first two will be in the Knights Classic, hosted by Kentucky Christian University in Grayson, Ky. Dalton State plays Forest Trails Sports University on Friday, Nov. 4th at 6 p.m. ET. They then take on the host Knights at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5th.

Dalton State will visit Life University in Marietta for a 7 p.m. tip-off on Monday, Nov. 14th. They travel to Jacksonville, Al. on Tuesday, Nov. 22nd for a 7:30 p.m. exhibition game with Jacksonville State University.

The Roadrunners return home for seven straight home games. The first home games will be in the annual Roadrunner Thanksgiving Classic at Mashburn Arena.

The invitational will be held on Nov. 25th and 26th. Johnson & Wales University (Fl.) will play Wilberforce at 6 p.m. on Friday. Dalton State faces Webber International at 8 p.m. on Friday. The Saturday games will feature Webber International and Wilberforce at 2 p.m. followed by Dalton State and Johnson & Wales at 4 p.m.

The first SSAC game will be at 4 p.m. on Dec. 3rd when Faulkner University invades Mashburn Arena. The Roadrunners will then host the Roadrunner Classic on Dec. 16th and 17th, then host Life University on Dec. 20th. Beginning with a Dec. 29th game at Loyola of New Orleans the remainder of the season will be against conference opponents.

The site of two important SSAC home games remains undetermined. A previously scheduled event at Dalton Convention Center has DS left out in the cold for the two February dates. The Roadrunners will host Loyola University on Feb. 2nd at 7:30 p.m. and the University of Mobile on Feb. 4th. The site of those games will be announced later.

Date Opponent All Time Eastern Location

Tuesday, Oct. 25 Blue and White Scrimmage 7:00 p.m. Mashburn Arena

Friday, Nov. 4 Forest Trails Sports University (Knights Classic) 6:00 p.m. Grayson, Ky.
Saturday, Nov. 5 Kentucky Christian University (Knights Classic) 3:00 p.m. Grayson, Ky.

Monday, Nov. 14 Life University 7:00 p.m. Marietta, Ga.

Tuesday, Nov. 22 Jacksonville State University (Exhibition) 7:30 p.m. Jacksonville, Al.

Friday, Nov. 25 Roadrunner Thanksgiving Classic
Dalton State vs. Webber International (Fl.) 8:00 p.m. Mashburn Arena
Wilberforce vs. Johnson & Wales (Fl.) 6:00 p.m. Mashburn Arena

Saturday, Nov. 26 Roadrunner Thanksgiving Classic
Dalton State vs. Johnson & Wales (Fl.) 4:00 p.m. Mashburn Arena
Webber International (Fl.) vs. Wilberforce 2:00 p.m. Mashburn Arena

Wednesday, Nov. 30 Hiwassee College 7:00 p.m. Mashburn Arena

Saturday, Dec. 3 Faulkner University * 4:00 p.m. Mashburn Arena

Friday, Dec. 16 Roadrunner Classic
Dalton State vs. Fisk University 8:00 p.m. Mashburn Arena
Cumberland University (Tn.) vs. Carver College 6:00 a.m. Mashburn Arena

Saturday, Dec. 17 Roadrunner Classic
Dalton State vs. Cumberland University (Tn.) 4:00 p.m. Mashburn Arena
Carver College vs. Fisk University 2:00 p.m. Mashburn Arena

Tuesday, Dec. 20 Life University 7:00 p.m. Mashburn Arena

Thursday, Dec. 29 Loyola University – New Orleans * 8:30 p.m. New Orleans

Saturday, Dec. 31 University of Mobile * 5:00 p.m. Mobile, Al.

Thursday, Jan. 5 Martin Methodist College * 7:30 p.m. Mashburn Arena

Saturday, Jan. 7 Bethel University * 4:00 p.m. Mashburn Arena

Thursday, Jan. 12 Middle Georgia State * 7:30 p.m. Cochran, Ga.

Saturday, Jan. 14 William Carey University * 5:00 p.m. Hattiesburg, Ms.

Monday, Jan. 16 Blue Mountain College * 5:00 p.m. Blue Mountain, Ms.

Thursday, Jan. 19 Brewton Parker College * 7:30 p.m. Mashburn Arena

Saturday, Jan. 21 College of Coastal Georgia * 4:00 p.m. Mashburn Arena

Saturday, Jan. 28 Faulkner University * 5:00 p.m. Montgomery, Al.

Thursday, Feb. 2 Loyola University – New Orleans * 7:30 p.m. Home – TBA

Saturday, Feb. 4 University of Mobile * 4:00 p.m. Home – TBA

Thursday, Feb. 9 Martin Methodist College * 8:30 p.m. Pulaski, Tn.

Saturday, Feb. 11 Bethel University * 5:00 p.m. McKenzie, Tn.

Thursday, Feb. 16 Middle Georgia State * 7:30 p.m. Mt. Vernon, Ga.

Saturday, Feb. 18 William Carey University * 4:00 p.m. Mashburn Arena

Monday, Feb. 20 Blue Mountain College * 7:30 p.m. Mashburn Arena

Thursday, Feb. 23 Brewton Parker College * 7:30 p.m. Mt. Vernon, Ga.

Saturday, Feb. 25 College of Coastal Georgia * 4:00 p.m. Brunswick, Ga.

Wed.-Sat., Mar. 1-4 SSAC Tournament Montgomery, Al.

Wed.-Tues, Mar; 15-21 NAIA Tournament Kansas City, Mo.

SSAC Conference Games *

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Football Friday TV show returns


Football Friday, the TV show, returns Friday night, August 19th, for 13 consecutive weeks on WDNN-10 at 11pm.  For over 20 years the local TV program has featured scores and highlights of area high school football games, plus Coach’s Calls, and viewer comments.

Chris Finley returns as the regular weekly host of the show along with Chris Crossen.  He will be joined by guest hosts each week including past regulars like John McIntosh, Chris Shifflett and JT Finley.

Football Friday airs LIVE at 11pm on Fridays with replays at 1am and 10am Saturdays.  The program is also streamed LIVE on the internet at .  The program will be archived there to watch at any time.

The Football Friday Facebook ( and Twitter (@footballfriday_ ) pages will update scores through out the evening.

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Redman Leaves Dalton State

John Redman and Tony Ingle

John Redman and Tony Ingle

Mobile, Al. – St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Mobile announced on Thursday that John Redman has been hired as their Head Men’s Basketball Coach. St. Paul’s is located on property bought from Spring Hill College, where Redman played basketball in college.

Dr. Mark Foley, Headmaster, and Coach Steve Mask, Athletic Director, made the announcement. The move ends Redman’s successful run as an assistant to Coach Tony Ingle at Dalton State. Redman will begin his responsibilities on August 8th.

In the first three season of basketball, the Roadrunners accumulated 77 victories against only 19 defeats.  Dalton State was the 2014-2015 Southern States Athletic Conference regular season champion. They went on to win the 2015 NAIA National Championship at Memorial Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo.

“My time with Coach Ingle was amazing and I love him like a father,” said Redman. “Words can not fully express how grateful I am for the opportunity he gave me three years ago. I will always think of Coach Ingle and his wife, Mrs. Jeanne, as family.”

The native of Spanish Fort, Al. said Dalton State is and always will feel like home. “The Dalton State community blew my mind with their love and support,” he said. “I will be forever indebted to Dalton State College, Coach Ingle, and the DSC Athletic Department. I will never forget the NAIA National Championship Tournament in Kansas City. Winning that tournament changed my life forever. Leaving our players, coaching staff, and school is tough but I know that Dalton State will continue to thrive.”

Ingle is excited for his former assistant. “I could not be happier for Coach Redman,” he said. “I feel like it is a perfect fit for him at this time and I could never thank him enough for everything he did to help us build a solid basketball program. He will do an outstanding job and I’m sure he will be thrilled to be back closer to his hometown, among his friends and family.”

Redman with Coach Ingle in the very first Dalton State game (2013) at Spring Hill College in Mobile

Redman with Coach Ingle in the very first Dalton State game (2013) at Spring Hill College in Mobile

Ingle expressed his appreciation for Redman’s contributions on and off of the court. “He worked tirelessly and with efficiency in every thing that I asked him to do,” Ingle said. “We could never have won the 2015 NAIA National Championship without him by my side. I love him and will miss him tremendously.”

“What a great opportunity for an aspiring young coach,” said Jon Jaudon, Dalton State’s new Director of Athletics.  “I have only known John for a short time but I have been impressed. In talking to several leaders at the college, they were quick to praise John for his professionalism in all their interactions. We desire nothing but success for John in all of his endeavors.”

St. Paul’s Episcopal School is a highly respected institution that has won more Alabama state championships in a variety of sports than any other school. Redman said there have been 187 championship teams for the school.

The list of acclaimed former Saints athletes includes former University of Alabama and current NFL quarterbacks A. J. McCarron and Jake Coker.  Other notable alumni are NFL players Mark Baron and Checks Jackson; Major League Baseball’s Jake Peavy, Kyle McPherson, and Destin Wood; and PGA golfer Zach Slusher.

Mask, who continues to serve as head football coach for St. Paul’s, was named as Director of Athletics earlier this month. He replaced Jimmy Messer who was also the basketball coach. Messer is now the Head of School at Cottage Hill Christian Academy in Mobile.

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Dalton State Names Interim Athletic Director

Jon Jaudon

Jon Jaudon

DALTON–(June 9)–Jon Jaudon, a senior professional and executive with 30 years’ experience in intercollegiate athletics including 16 years as associate athletics director for administration at Virginia Tech, has been named interim athletic director for Dalton State effective July 1.

“I am excited to welcome Jon to Dalton State,” said President Dr. Margaret Venable. “His skills and experience are a good fit for our athletic program during this transition period, and I look forward to seeing what he can do for us moving forward.”

Jaudon, 56, has experience in university relations, department leadership, strategic planning, financial affairs, student-athlete life, compliance and risk management, leadership development, athletic program administration, academic services, Title IX and gender equity, facility planning and construction, business operations, human resources, and athletic development. At various times in his tenure at Virginia Tech, he oversaw baseball, lacrosse, softball, volleyball, wrestling and men’s and women’s teams in soccer and swimming and diving.

A native of Bradenton, FL, Jaudon previously worked at the University of Texas where he served as assistant athletics director for academic services and academic counselor for the football and men’s basketball teams. He has also served as an academic counselor at the University of Florida and as assistant baseball coach at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, FL. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from the University of Florida in 1983, and a Master of Arts in education with emphasis in sports administration in 1985, also from the University of Florida.

“I want to thank Dr. Venable for the opportunity to serve Dalton State,” said Jaudon. “I am looking forward to meeting everyone associated with the College including those in the community who have faithfully supported bringing athletics back to campus. What an awesome re-birth of athletics you have experienced.”

Dalton State sponsors a dozen intercollegiate athletic teams including men’s basketball, women’s volleyball, and men’s and women’s teams in soccer (women’s team debuts fall 2016), cross country, golf, tennis, and cheer. The College is an NAIA school and a member of the Southern States Athletic Conference.

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Derek Waugh Named CEO of Georgia Sports Hall of Fame

Derek Wwaugh at GSHOFMACON, GA – Emily Parker Myers, Chair of the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame Authority announced Friday the appointment of Derek Waugh as President and CEO of the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame (GSHF). At the announcement, Macon-Bibb Mayor Robert Reichert welcomed Waugh and his family to the city and spoke to the importance of GSHF to Macon and Georgia. Waugh will bring more than 18 years of experience in coaching and administering collegiate athletics when he assumes the executive role on July 1.

Waugh was selected by a search committee comprised of Authority Chair Myers, Foundation Chairman Mack Reese, State Senator John Kennedy, State Representatives Bubber Epps and Ron Stephens, former Mercer Athletic Director Bobby Pope, President of Georgia Crown Don Leeburn, III, Authority Board Member Earl Wright, and Hall of Famers Jeff Van Note, Lucious Sanford, Coach Ray Goff, and Bill Ploeger.

“We conducted a national search for this important leadership position for the Sports Hall of Fame,” said Myers. “We had an outstanding pool of candidates. What we saw in Derek was a leader who has not only a passion for sports in our state and also a great enthusiasm for taking the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame to new heights.”

Hall of Fame and search committee member Jeff Van Note added, “We look forward to having Derek lead the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame into a new and exciting phase as we continue to focus on our state’s youth, expand our education program, and update our facilities to ensure the best representation of our athletes and their accomplishments.”

The new GSHF leader’s history in sports dates back to his days as a Little League baseball player at Murphy Candler in Atlanta. The Atlanta native was a multi sport standout at Marist High School leading the War Eagles to a state basketball title in 1989. The two-time All-State performer was selected to play in the prestigious Boston Shootout following his senior season before going on to Furman University on a basketball scholarship.  While playing for the Paladins, he became Furman’s first ever GTE Academic All-American in 1993.

After graduating from Furman he attended law school at Wake Forest University. With his law degree, he practiced at the Atlanta firm of Schreeder, Wheeler and Flint. A year later, he traded law books for playbooks.

Waugh accepted the position of Assistant Coach for Men’s Basketball at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida in 1997. He was named the program’s Head Coach in 2000 at the age of 29, becoming the youngest NCAA Division I head coach in the country. He later became an Assistant Athletic Director. He finished his career at Stetson as the second winningest coach in the university’s history, only behind 2016 GSHF inductee Glenn Wilkes.

In 2012 he joined Dalton State University in northwest Georgia, after being hired as the institution’s first full-time Athletics Director. Under his leadership the Roadrunners won the 2015 NAIA National Basketball championship. The athletic program also won 8 conference championships and had 7 different teams ranked in the NAIA national top 10.

“Sports have always played an important role in my life,” said Waugh. “I can think of no greater honor for a kid from Georgia who grew up consumed by sports to be entrusted with this amazing facility, great organization, and outstanding group of individuals,” said Waugh.

The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame

The official sports heritage museum of the state of Georgia, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame has collected, preserved, and interpreted the history of sports in Georgia for more than 60 years. The blend of sports history with dynamic interactive exhibits and extensive collections of sports artifacts has made the museum a favorite destination among sports fans young and old from across the country. The 43,000-square-foot Hall of Fame building is a landmark institution in Macon and is the largest state sports museum of its kind in the United States. The state-of-the-art museum houses more than 3,000 artifacts, all of which are owned by the state of Georgia. The Hall of Fame honors more than 408 inductees, each one a significant contributor to the state’s rich sports heritage.

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