MORROW — After overseeing the Clayton State athletic program for little over a year, Carl McAloose has stepped down to take a similar position at a school in Florida.
McAloose, who took over the program in the spring of 2012 for the retiring Mason Barfield, has been named the athletic director at Edison State College in Fort Myers, Fla.
“I want to thank Dr. (Tim) Hynes, the coaching staff, administrators, and student-athletes at Clayton State for their support during my time at Clayton State,” McAloose said in a statement released by the school. “I am only leaving Clayton State because of having an opportunity to once again start an athletics program from its inception and the chance to get back home with family and friends. With the personnel in place, Clayton State is in a very good position to reach our goal of being one of the top universities in NCAA II.”
Edison State College is planning to bring back intercollegiate athletics to its campus in the fall of 2015 and McAloose will lead that effort.
It is the second such stint for him. He was instrumental in helping get the Florida Gulf Coast program started. Last March, the men’s basketball program gained national headlines by advancing to the NCAA Sweet 16 in its first year gaining a berth into the Div. I tournament.
McAloose’s last day at Clayton State will be Feb. 16.
Although his tenure at Clayton State was brief, he did have several accomplishments. McAloose directed the renovating of the University’s Athletics Center gymnasium and the later naming of Mason Barfield Court. He also initiated a new corporate partners program within the Department of Athletics and helped lead the establishment of the school’s first Hall of Fame.
Clayton State was also successful on the playing field during in his two years, as the Lakers captured five Peach Belt Conference Championships and one NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Championship. Clayton State finished third last year in the 14-school Peach Belt Conference Commissioner’s Cup standings.
“In a very brief period of time, Carl was able to contribute significantly to the present and future of Laker athletics. He has reinforced throughout the athletic program its role in the success of our entire institution,” Clayton State President Tim Hynes said. “He has been a consistent advocate for supporting academic performance for our student athletes. He has built on traditions of community based service for participants of the program. And he has done that while creating the conditions for student and athletic success for all of our teams. And he has been a key contributor to our institutional leadership team, finding ways for dreams to be made real.”
TRACK AND FIELD
The women’s and men’s indoor track and field teams competed in their third meet of the season Saturday and captured a number of top finishes at the Tiger Indoor Invitational hosted by the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn.
The Lakers won a combined nine events on the day with the women’s team winning four events and the men’s squad brining home five first-place finishes.
“Both teams had a productive day in this low-key meet,” coach Mike Mead said. “It is hard to get mentally up for every competition and this is our third meet in as many weeks. I was quite pleased with the efforts of everyone on each team. With its tight turns, this track is tough to race well on. This meet should be a confidence-booster for many of our kids as we head into our next meet.”