Aaron Denton enters his first year as Vice President and Director of Athletics at North Carolina Wesleyan after assuming the position in May of 2018. Denton, who spent the previous 10 years as A.D. at Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst, is thrilled to join the Battling Bishop staff.
"I am excited to begin my work with student-athletes, coaches, faculty, staff, and the entire Wesleyan community. The college's recent record growth provides both enthusiasm and opportunity," said Denton. "It is an honor to join those efforts to serve and lead a committed group of staff and students. Together we can achieve academic and athletic excellence while providing the best experience for our student-athletes."
Denton arrived in Pinehurst in 2008 to serve as Sandhill's first athletic director. Under his leadership, the school started the athletic program with men's basketball, women's volleyball, and men's golf. Over the next ten years, Denton added five more sports, including women's golf, men's and women's cross country, and men's and women's track and field. During his tenure, Sandhills won two NJCAA National Championships, as well as numerous regional and national student-athlete and coaching awards.
"Wesleyan has a history of great ADs with Moe Bauer, Don Scalf, John McCarthy, Mike Fox, and John Thompson. As a former college athlete, coach, professor, and director, Aaron should fall in line as the next great," said NCWC President Dr. Dewey Clark. "He understands that academic success and athletic success go hand in hand. I believe he will take Wesleyan's athletics programs to the next level."
Denton earned his Bachelor of Science degree in management at Guilford College where he played varsity basketball, football, and lacrosse. Upon graduation, he remained with Guilford as assistant football and basketball coach before moving across town as assistant men's basketball coach at UNCG. While there, Denton earned his Master's degree in Business Administration. He later had coaching stints at Southern Guilford High School (Head Coach), Miami-Dade College (Assistant Coach), and Louisburg College (Head Coach) prior to joining Sandhills.
Wesleyan is a member of NCAA Division III and USA South Athletic Conference. As Director of Athletics, Denton oversees a comprehensive program that includes 14 varsity teams: baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, football, men's golf, women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's tennis, and volleyball.
Wesleyan has a long and rich history of athletic success, including two national championships in baseball, numerous conference championships, more than 70 All-Americans, and a record ten straight USA South regular season and tournament titles in men's tennis. More than half of the students on campus participate in sports at Wesleyan, where athletics play an important role in a well-rounded liberal arts education. Last season, 136 student-athletes earned USA South Academic All-Conference honors, while the women's soccer and volleyball teams secured their second straight national team academic awards. Additionally, a number of Bishops have won Academic All-Region awards.
"Wesleyan has a tremendous reputation not only on the court or field but in the classroom," Denton noted. "I look forward to helping continue that tradition that Coach Thompson fostered during his tenure."
A native of nearby Bunn, Denton and his wife, Ami, are relocating to Rocky Mount with their two children.