What they’re saying about Coach Ronnie Mayers
"Ronnie Mayers has given a lifetime of effort to his alma mater. Ronnie has always taken ownership in every aspect of his life. As student, faculty member, coach, father and athletic director, he has always represented himself and Delta State to the highest regard, but his commitment to family has always been his best attribute. I want to wish Ronnie, Karen and the family all the best in his retirement."
Dr. Kent Wyatt, President Emeritus
"Ronnie Mayers is one of the all-time great Statesmen here at Delta State. It is fitting that he stands alongside such greats as Dave "Boo" Ferriss, Margaret Wade, Lloyd Clark, Horace McCool, and Mike Kinnison. I consider Ronnie to be one of the great ambassadors for Delta State and I want to congratulate him on his retirement."
Dr. E.E. (Butch) Caston, former Dean of the College of Education
"We throw the word legend around a lot in our sports vernacular, but Coach Ronnie Mayers is truly a Delta State legend. His tenure here is unrivaled and his impact on our campus and community is without question. He is Mr. Delta State! His guidance as an administrator and mentor have allowed me to grow personally and professionally, and he has taught us all the value of lasting relationships as we serve Delta State."
Matt Jones, Senior Associate Director of Athletics for External Relations
"There is no better advocate for Delta State than Coach Mayers. He has always put the student-athletes and their needs above all else, while serving as a voice for our coaches and staff. It has been a pleasure to work with and for him here at DSU. He has truly touched thousands of lives as a coach, administrator and teacher. I want to wish him all the best in retirement and look forward to seeing him regularly at our events!"
Dana George, Senior Executive Associate AD/Senior Women's Administrator
"I've had the pleasure of working with Coach Mayers, as both a fellow coach and staff member for the last 25 years. In both roles, Ronnie's commitment to people is what stands out the most. He's always put the betterment of our department out front and his efforts to enhance our facilities will stand as a testament to his legacy here at Delta State."
Mike Kinnison, Head Baseball Coach
"Coach Mayers gave me my first opportunity to be a head coach and I will forever be indebted to him for that. His faith in me to lead our football family and his daily support have been evident since day one. His impact on this department and our university will be felt for decades to come."
Todd Cooley, Head Football Coach
"There is nobody who bleeds Green and White like Coach Mayers, in my mind he is Mr. Delta State. I have been a head coach for 32 years, we've worked with a number of athletic directors, none better than Ronnie Mayers. We will all miss him greatly and I will personally miss his leadership and his tremendous support of our program and athletics, and I will miss him as a mentor and friend. But, with that being said, we certainly wish him all the very best in retirement and thank him for his service and support."
Jim Boone, Head Men's Basketball Coach
"I have had the honor of working with Coach Mayers for 20 years and I have learned a lot from him during his tenure. I appreciate his willingness to work with the Cross-Country Program and I couldn't have asked for a better athletic director. We will definitely miss him and I want to wish him all the best in his retirement."
Doug Pinkerton, Head Cross Country Coach
"When you think of swimming and diving in the Delta, your first thought is of a man who treats everyone with respect and always displayed the utmost class. Ronnie Mayers has made an impact on thousands of people's lives through teaching and coaching the sport of swimming. He enjoys working with people and does it with a smile on his face and always makes anyone feel welcome. Every swim meet, or pool deck I visit, there is always swim coach or someone who he taught that asks about him and how he is doing. The words, "such a great guy or one of the nicest people" are mentioned with remembrance of good times at Delta State and the man who started club and collegiate swimming at Delta State. Personally, he has made a huge impact on my coaching career and treated me like a son. It has been an honor working for him and with him during my tenure at Delta State. He is one of the finest people you will ever met and a true Statesman!"
Dan'l Murray, Head Swimming & Diving Coach