UWG Taps Coach Dickey

Thursday, September 10, 2009

West Georgia has named head football coach Daryl Dickey as athletics director. Dickey, who just began his second season at the helm of the football program and will continue in that role, has served as interim athletics director since January.

“While many people have expressed an interest in our director of athletics position, it has become clear to us that we already have the right person for the job in Daryl Dickey,” said Dr. Michael Ruffner, UWG’s vice president of University Advancement, to whom the athletics department reports.  “I have personally enjoyed working with Daryl these past six months, and he has impressed all of us with his knowledge, dedication and enthusiasm.

“We also have found that our athletics program works quite efficiently when the football head coach and the athletics director are combined in the same staff position,” Ruffner added.  “If heredity is a factor, then we are making the right move when considering the outstanding reputation and career of Daryl’s father, Doug.”

The elder Dickey coached football at the University of Tennessee and the University of Florida and later served as athletics director for the Volunteers.

“I’d like to thank UWG President Beheruz Sethna, Dr. Ruffner and the entire university administration for their confidence in naming me to this position,” Dickey said.  “I look forward to serving this department and the university as the director of athletics.”

Dickey came to UWG in 2008 after spending seven years on the football coaching staff at Florida State University under legendary coach Bobby Bowden. Prior to that, he was head coach at Presbyterian College from 1997-2000. He also previously served on the coaching staffs of Georgia Southern University, the University of Kentucky and at Tennessee, where he played football from 1982-’85 and from which he graduated.

“This is a very exciting time for our university and our community. The direction that Dr. Sethna has provided for this university and the opportunity that is here for athletics is a dynamic combination,” Dickey said.

Dickey takes over UWG’s athletics program at a time of milestones.

On Saturday, the Wolves will play its second home game at the new University Stadium, which is the centerpiece of a $34 million, 250-acre athletics complex that will include an administrative field house, women’s sports field house, softball field, soccer field and two football practice fields.

In January, UWG opened its new on-campus Coliseum, home of the men’s and women’s basketball teams and women’s volleyball.

“There is a tremendous amount of potential for the athletics program here at our university, and I look forward to serving our student-athletes, coaches and programs in providing them with every resource possible to be successful,” Dickey said.

UWG, which competes in the NCAA Division II Gulf South Conference, fields five men’s varsity teams and six women’s teams.