You may not be able to tell from the outside, but this carpet and rug institute building is home to the Roadrunners. The Dalton State athletic department is off to a speedy start.
"There's very few colleges that do not have an athletic department so in starting something new, it was kind of a unique circumstance and I think once the students get used to it, and going to the games and all those things that they'll really enjoy it," says Dalton State AD Derek Waugh.
The Dalton State basketball team will play their games in the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center, and excitement is already high for the Roadrunners.
"We've already sold over 800 season tickets for our first season which is better than most of the low to mid Division I programs in the state and around the Southeast so we are really on a good track," said Waugh.
The program as a whole is still under construction, as young coaches give some teams an international flair, facing the challenge of building a team from the ground up.
"This is a great opportunity to start a program from the ground, and like I said be and start my own legacy. I am super excited about the spring because that's when we definitely are going to use to work on new things and make my team much better and hopefully by next fall we are going to be like very very competitive," said volleyball coach Bruna Langer, who is from Brazil.
"It really is a great experience starting something from scratch and there is nothing that can prepare you for it, what you do come across and the situation that you face and even now two three months into the season you come across situations that you have to deal with that you've never had to deal with before," added golf coach Ben Rickett, who hails from England.
The school is already planning for a new facility in hopes of adding a soccer team soon.
"A new facility is being created for a future soccer team when we get it approved out at Lakeshore Park so our facilities kind of sprawl all around the community and without the community we couldn't do it but it is great because we are hopefully extending our tentacles and becoming one with the community," added Waugh.
The on-campus gym should be completed by next year. It will serve as home court for the volleyball team and practice facility for the basketball teams. The Hoops squad has its first home game on November 7th against Hiwassee College at the Dalton Trade and Convention Center.