BELMONT, N.C. – Derek Dalzell, a successful coach in the private sector, has been named Head Men's and Women's Cycling Coach at Belmont Abbey, Director of Athletics Stephen Miss announced today. Dalzell, the second coach in the program's history, will begin his duties on August 1.
"We are pleased to announce the hire of Derek Dalzell as our Head Women's and Men's Cycling Coach," Miss said. "While engaging in what was a comprehensive and international search, Coach Dalzell emerged as uniquely qualified not only as a student and teacher of his chosen sport but, more importantly, as a mentor for the young women and young men who participate in our Cycling program. We believe wholeheartedly that Derek will contribute significantly in enabling us BOTH to build on the success achieved during last year's inaugural campaign AND to nurture our students in their formation and development so as to ensure that each realizes her/his full potential and that all become great blessings to themselves and to others."
Dalzell currently coaches over 80 elite athletes as the founder and owner of Dalzell Coaching, LLC. In that role, he works with a variety of clients, ranging across various age groups and talent levels from beginner to elite. He serves as a brand ambassador for several sponsors while using social media to both attract new clients and maximize the training regimens of current ones.
Additionally, Dalzell serves as Director of Athletic Performance for Mind Right Endurance, where he oversees coaches and athlete development. He utilizes a variety of software programs to ensure success, while also assisting in the administration of the company, including the securing of sponsorships.
"I am beyond thrilled for the opportunity to lead the Men's and Women's Cycling Teams at Belmont Abbey," Dalzell said. "I will work to build not only the size of the program, but also the well-being of each student-athlete who I am able to coach. Through hard work and dedication, we will aim to excel in races, the classroom, and the community.
"I want to say thank you to President Thierfelder, Chancellor Abbot Placid Solari, O.S.B., and Stephen Miss for selecting me as the next head coach. I feel fortunate to be a part of such a fantastic college and athletic department that focuses on the overall development of their student-athletes. I look forward to what the future holds and am eager to get started."
Dalzell holds a USA Cycling Level III certification and participates in beginning races. He played collegiate baseball at Centenary College, earning a degree in geology in 2011. After working with the City of Shreveport (La.) Parks and Recreation Division for a year, he returned to school at Western Michigan to earn master's degrees in coaching sport performance and sport management in 2015 and 2016, respectively.
Dalzell is married to the former Millicent Davis and is originally from Bay City, Mich.