Derek Waugh came to Dalton State in 2012 as Athletic Director to start up the school's first four year intercollegiate athletic program. Prior to coming to Dalton, Derek was an Assistant Athletic Director at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida. He spent most of his time at Stetson as the Head Men's Basketball Coach where he took over the program in 2000 at the age of 29, which made him the youngest division I head coach in the country, and finished his career second in program history in all-time wins in 2011. He also ranks third all-time in wins in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
Prior to his career in athletics, Waugh was an attorney at the Atlanta firm of Schreeder, Wheeler and Flint. He attended law school at Wake Forest and completed his undergraduate degree at Furman University where he was a first team all-conference basketball player and a GTE Division I Academic All-American in 1993. Waugh is originally from Atlanta and attended Marist High School where he was the fifth athlete ever to be inducted into the Marist Hall of Fame. Derek is married to wife, Mary, and has three children Sophia (8), Luke (6) and Jack (4).