Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Daryl Dickey, head coach for the University of West Georgia’s Wolves football program, will serve as interim athletics director effective Feb. 1. He steps in to expand his leadership role following the retirement of Ed Murphy who served in that capacity for almost 15 years.
Dickey came to UWG in 2008 with an impressive resume including a six-year stretch as quarterback coach at Florida State University and four seasons as head coach at Presbyterian College.
Dr. Michael Ruffner, vice president of University Advancement, announced that Dickey will continue his responsibilities as head football coach in addition to his new duties.
“Coach Dickey’s background, experience and training make him uniquely qualified to provide overall leadership to the Athletics Department during this period of transition,” Ruffner said.
Dickey said he is looking forward to the role he can play for UWG as interim athletic director.
“First, I certainly want to thank Coach Ed Murphy for his service and commitment to our university and for giving me the opportunity to come to West Georgia,” Dickey said. “I am extremely excited about the direction of the university and the role athletics plays in our overall success.”
Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna, UWG president, points out the importance of both academic and athletic prominence.
“UWG already has a great academic program in place and we are confident that Coach Dickey can help us build a strong competitive athletics program,” Sethna said. “The blending of those strengths will continue to take us down the path to becoming the destination university we intend to be, which many more students who are talented in many ways choose to attend and make their home to live, work, and play.”
Upon his arrival at UWG, Dickey made a commitment to the academic progress of his players. His emphasis that all players are student-athletes first parallels UWG’s ambitions as a destination university.
“The university is committed to the success of the athletics programs and we consider it vital to continue to have a strong partnership with academics to create a more influential regional institution,” Ruffner said. “Both academics and athletics must be strong to create a wider footprint for our university.”
Ruffner also expressed “tremendous confidence” in Dickey’s coaching abilities and has faith that with one or two more successful recruiting seasons, Dickey will create an enduring football program.
“Although we did not have the football season we all had hoped for, we are confident that Coach Dickey’s pedigree will lead us to excellence,” Ruffner concluded.