Dalton State College

August 31, 2012

Dalton State will have competition cheer squad

After hiring Tony Ingle to lead its men’s basketball program earlier this month, Dalton State College is looking to fill its next round of coaching vacancies.

Three head coaching jobs — for women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s tennis and competition cheerleading — have been posted on the school’s website at careers.daltonstate.edu.

Athletic director Derek Waugh said the jobs went online Wednesday. Volleyball is the only full-time position of the three.

Waugh had talked previously about volleyball and tennis being among the sports played by the Roadrunners during the 2013-14 school year, when they’re expected to begin competition in the NAIA.

“The one new thing in all of that is we’re going to start a cheer program,” he said. “I think the importance of enthusiasm and the importance of how big competitive cheer has gotten, it seemed like a nice, natural fit for us. It’s also a great way to generate lots of student-athletes who want to come to campus.”

The latter reason fits in with his goals for using athletics to further the college as a whole.

“As we bring in more athletics,” he said, “we want to be competitive but also want to increase the enrollment of Dalton State and bring more young people into town.”

According to the job listings, the volleyball and tennis openings require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and “coaching and/or playing experience” in the specific sport, “preferably at the intercollegiate level.” For the “preferred qualifications” description under the tennis opening, it says, “Independent access to tennis facilities in the Dalton/Whit-field County area is preferred.”

For the cheerleading position, mentioned under “minimal qualifications,” it reads, “Access to local cheer, tumbling and gymnastics facilities is an important criteria for the head coaching position.”

Waugh said he did not have a set amount of time to fill any of these three openings.

“The time frame is just to get it done as it comes,” he said.

Dalton State is returning to intercollegiate athletics after decades without sports teams, and the plan is to begin competing in a handful of sports beginning the fall of 2013.

Waugh has had a busy summer building the Roadrunners’ athletics staff. On July 1, Richard Skeel began working as the athletic department’s senior associate athletic director. Skeel also is expected to be the Dalton State baseball coach, but Waugh said it is unknown when the college will begin that sport. On Aug. 1, Waugh hired Ingle, a Dalton native and former Kennesaw State Univer-sity head basketball coach.

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