It’s officially been a whole year since Dr. Brandon Dumas took over as Wiley College’s athletic director and he said he’s pleased with how year one went.
“As you know, Wiley College Athletics enjoys a rich history of not only winning in competition but also building men and women of character,” Dumas said. “This year was no different and our coaches and staff worked tirelessly to meet the lofty expectations that have been set by our various constituencies. We are proud of all of our teams and their successes on and off the court and field. In addition to being successful in competition, our student-athletes also won in the classroom earning multiple institutional and conference academic honors and recognition. That alone makes me extremely proud and excited about what the future holds for our athletic program.”
Dumas went on to say there are multiple moments and accomplishments through the season that he won’t forget anytime soon.
“Certainly the highlights of this year were our ladies winning the regular season and conference championship in volleyball. It was the 12th RRAC RRAC regular season title and the sixth conference championship title in school history. The men’s basketball team had a phenomenal season which resulted in the program’s first victory in the NAIA Tournament in 49 years. I don’t take for granted the work that goes into building quality programs.”
Wiley’s athletic director added that the university is fortunate to have several caliber coaches on its staff.
“Coach (Mike) MacNeill and his team worked hard, demonstrated discipline and executed on the court. Them becoming regulars season and conference champions were awesome moments for those ladies and for Wiley."
“Additionally, although it’s still a sore spot for me because of the way it ended with a questionable call (that denied the Wildcats of the conference title), I am extremely proud of coach (Jay) Smith and his guys for the skills that they demonstrated on the court this year.
“They invested the necessary time in practice and played their hearts out this entire season, leaving it all on the court and represented us well in each contest. We’re coming for what’s ours next season.”
There are several things in the near future that Dumas is excited about in terms of the athletic department.
“I’m always excited about the start of a new year and new opportunities to build upon the successes of previous years,” he offered. “We realize there’s always room for growth. Therefore, our staff will use this time to plan, prepare and position ourselves to serve and support our student-athletes more efficiently next year.
“I assumed this role exactly one year ago, on June 1, 2018. Serving as Director of Intercollegiate Athletics has been an exciting and rewarding experience,” Dumas added. “I relish every opportunity to pour into the lives of these talented young adults and I’m beyond excited about the future of our athletic department.”