You know you’re seeing a deserving person get the job and that person understands what it takes to keep the institution's athletic programs running strong.
On Friday at the start of the Memorial Day weekend when Delta State University released the news that Ronnie Mayers was named the Athletic Director, I couldn’t help but to feel that the right person got the job.
Mayers has definitely paid his dues.
Mayers, who earned his bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Recreation in 1974 and his masters' degree in 1975 at DSU, truly bleeds the green and white.
Mayers has always understood the importance of having a successful sports program while maintain academics in the classroom.
During his 20-year tenure as head coach of the men’s and women’s swimming and diving team, he led the Lady Statesmen to five New South Intercollegiate Swim Conference Titles and the Statesmen to four conference championships. Along with having 56 individual swimmers earn All-American honors, he also had 21 Academic All-Americans.
The fact that he’s coached a great amount of All-Americans is proof that he understands that getting quality student-athletes is key.
Mayers, who has been a part of the DSU staff since 1976 and recently served as the school’s Assistant Athletic Director for Development and Director of Aquatics, has met and known all the great coaches DSU has had over the years and understands what qualities are needed to lead a program at the university.
He showed strong leadership this past year as he served over seven months as interim AD after the previous AD, Jeremy McClain resigned to take a job at the University of Southern Mississippi. Current DSU head football coach Todd Cooley was hired during his interim AD tenure on Jan. 25. Mayers also served as interim AD for a six-month period in 2006 and 07 after Brad Teague left DSU to take the AD position at the University of Central Arkansas.
Mayers has been one person that you’ll always around town in Cleveland as he has worked with numerous volunteer organizations.
As the 2013-14 school season approaches, Mayers will be working hard to make sure the athletics program at DSU will continue to compete at the highest level possible.
Andy Collier is the sports editor at the Bolivar Commercial. He can be reached at (662)-843-4241 or by e-mail at email@example.com