Friday, September 05, 2008
A new website, a new coach and a first home game at Central High School on September 6 are propelling Wolves fans into a new season of football.
Following a week on the road, the West Georgia Wolves return home for the first time in 2008. UWG welcomes in-state rival Clark Atlanta to Richards Stadium for the sixth renewal of the series between the two teams.
UWG leads the all-time series with Clark Atlanta, 4-1. This record includes last season’s 23-11 defensive struggle at Panther Stadium on the CAU campus.
As the fall season gets underway, Daryl Dickey, the new coach at the helm of West Georgia Wolves football, is frequently asked, “Can you win here?”
The coach never blinks with his answer.
“The short answer is, yes,” he said. “There is no question it can be done here. This school has a great academic environment and social environment, it has proximity to Atlanta and there is great high school football in this state. All the ingredients are here.”
He’s steadfast in his belief that he will return UWG football to the ranks of Gulf South Conference and NCAA contender.
Dickey came to West Georgia with a glowing resume. His successful building of an enduring program at Presbyterian, and his six seasons on the staff of Bobby Bowden at Florida State speak volumes.
Also, the name Dickey has a special gravitas in southern college football, thanks to dad Doug and his success at Tennessee and Florida.
Dickey’s fondness for UWG and the community was clear when he brought his family here and enrolled sons Dallas James and Drew in the Carrollton City School system. His daughter Karis enrolled at UWG for her freshman year this fall.
“I was extremely impressed,” he said of what he saw at West Georgia. “What I found here blew me away. I saw a university totally committed to its young people. I saw a school that offers a great opportunity academically and to compete on the field at the highest level possible.”
In short, just as West Georgia was being sold on Dickey, the new coach was just as sold on West Georgia.
Dickey’s first priority at UWG might surprise many. No, it wasn’t recruiting or hiring a coaching staff.
“I wanted to a get a handle on where we were academically,” said the coach, reflecting on his first days in December. “I didn’t want this to be a rollover program. We want kids who will be here for the long haul and we had to see where our players stood in the classroom.”
Dickey wants the cornerstone of his program to be recruits from Georgia high schools, and throughout the winter and spring he and his staff were walking into schools across the state.
As West Georgia’s program grows and the university begins its move that will send the team to the Division I-FCS level, the entire UWG community will be more and more proud that its football coach is Daryl Dickey.
It’s already very apparent that the coach is proud to be here. Go Wolves.