"The biggest satisfaction for me would be to help our student-athletes use their talent and education to further their education in the future."
When The Dalton Academy opens its doors in August of this year, a well-known and respected local college soccer coach will be at the helm of the boys soccer program. Rury Alvarez has officially been hired to head up the boys soccer program.
Coach Alvarez has worked as an assistant coach for the men's soccer program at Dalton State College since 2017 and will use his collegiate experience and community connections to establish a winning tradition at the new high school.
Coach Alvarez said, "My vision for the program is to develop hard-working student-athletes on and off the field. The game will take care of itself, it's not about wins and losses. It's more about the relationships you develop with your players. The most important thing is to invest into our student-athletes to use their talent and education to pave a road for themselves in the future. It will not be easy competing with Dalton High, Southeast, Northwest, and many others. I can comfortably say, we will do our best to compete with the best of the best."
Coach Alvarez played soccer collegiately at Georgia Perimeter College and Dalton State College, and he earned his Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Dalton State, the first in his family to earn a college degree. As an assistant soccer coach at Dalton State, Coach Alvarez has served as a player development coordinator, recruiting coordinator, and student-athlete academic advisor. The combination of his playing experience and coaching experience will serve the student-athletes at The Dalton Academy well.
"My role as a mentor will help in getting the best out of my players", said Coach Alvarez. "I have been blessed to have mentors like Saif Alsafeer, Marc Zagara, Patrick Zambito and Sherman Howze. I plan to be the mentor for my players that I had in the past and still have today. I will do my best to help them in the classroom and on the field. I believe mentors have the power to help student-athletes reach their full potential in many ways."
When the soccer season opens next school year, Coach Alvarez and his team will have the opportunity to play home games in a beautiful new stadium that is being built on the campus that will house The Dalton Academy. The stadium will have seating for approximately 2,000 people and will be outfitted with a turf field that will be the only FIFA regulation-sized soccer field in Whitfield County.
Principal Matthew Mederios said, "There is a lot of excitement building around The Dalton Academy and the academic and extracurricular offerings that students will have the opportunity to participate in. Coach Alvarez is a tremendous addition to our staff for not only the knowledge and expertise he brings to the soccer pitch, but for the mentorship and guidance he will provide our student-athletes as he draws on his own personal experiences to develop successful young men."
Coach Alvarez said he is extremely grateful for the opportunity he has been given to leave a meaningful legacy at the school. He said he feels as though all of his experiences have prepared him well and guided him to this point and looks forward to his new venture as The Dalton Academy's boys varsity soccer coach.
Coach Alvarez added, "I plan to accomplish many great things. The biggest satisfaction for me would be to help our student-athletes use their talent and education to further their education in the future. Everything you do in life does not always last forever, but furthering your education could help many student-athletes help their families."