June 20, 2012

Skeel joins Roadrunners athletic office

Dalton State College will begin a new relationship with the second member of its relaunched athletic department.

Fortunately for the new hire, he and the athletic director, Derek Waugh, don’t need any time to get acquainted.

Richard Skeel has been hired as Dalton State’s senior associate athletic director and will begin July 1.

“Instead of going with the traditional model of hiring an administrative assistant, business manager and assistant athletic director for operations within the athletic department, I have decided to just hire one person with over 25 years of experience in all of those areas and more,” Waugh wrote in an email to The Daily Citizen. “We will be a two-person staff filling about five or six jobs to be efficient in the long run when you tie in revenue avenues and production.”

Skeel’s annual salary will be $79,000, Waugh said.

A Purdue graduate who received his master’s degree in education from Bowling Green, Skeel was the senior associate athletic director for 12 years at Stetson University in DeLand, Fla. Before being hired by Dalton State in late January, Waugh was the assistant athletic director at Stetson, where he had also been the men’s basketball coach for 11 seasons.

Skeel’s additional experience includes being athletic director at Buckley Preparatory School in Buckley Oaks, Calif., assistant athletic director and head baseball coach at Bethune-Cookman, head baseball coach at Cincinnati and assistant baseball coach at Louisville and Ohio’s Xavier.

“Derek and I will probably have to put on a couple different hats for a few years,” Skeel said in a phone interview Tuesday. “If they need me to get on the field and coach for a few years, then I will. ... I guess one of the things both Derek and I are passionate about is we want to do things right.”

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