Cody Dalton
Cody Dalton
Title: Esports Head Coach; Sports Information Director; Public Information Officer
Phone: 828-327-7000 ext. 4133

Cody Dalton enters his fifth year at Catawba Valley Community College in 2021 where he serves as the school's Sports Information Director, Public Information Officer and Esports head coach.

Dalton serves as a media contact for all of CVCC’s sports teams, including baseball, softball, men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, bass fishing and Esports, and he also manage the school’s athletic website, and all athletic social media accounts — all of which he helped create. He has been a member of the College Sports Information Directors of American (CoSIDA) and Two Year Sports Information Directors of America (2YSIDA) since 2019.

During his tenure as SID, twenty-two CVCC student athletes have earned weekly honors from the NJCAA, including the first-ever honorees in men’s and women’s basketball and softball. In 2021, the Red Hawks earned their first Academic All-America honor from CoSIDA when baseball player Chandler Blackwelder was awarded.

Whether interviewing our student athletes about their accomplishments, creating graphics online to highlight accomplishments, putting together highlight videos and taking photos of our teams or even serving as PA announcer for our athletic events, Dalton has prided himself in making sure that the junior college athletic experience at CVCC is one remembered by all Red Hawk student athletes.

In 2020, Dalton created the first-ever Catawba Valley athletic podcast "Let's Talk Hawks," which highlights current and former student athletes and coaches.

Prior to his arrival at CVCC, Dalton spent the previous 6.5 years as the sports editor for The Observer News Enterprise newspaper in Newton, N.C. During his time at The O-N-E, Dalton was responsible for coverage of high school, college and professional sports. He covered numerous major sporting events, including Super Bowl 50, two of golf's major championships — the U.S. Open and PGA Championship — and the NASCAR All-Star Race in Charlotte, N.C.

He was a part of five North Carolina Press Association (NCPA) awards at The O-N-E, including two for his sports columns in 2014-15.

A 2008 graduate of the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, Dalton started his print journalism career with The Coalfield Progress in Norton, Va.

During his decade-plus involvement in journalism, Dalton also had stints at various news publications, including The Roanoke Times in Roanoke, Va., The News Messenger in Christiansburg, Va., The News Journal in Radford, Va. and The Southwest Times in Pulaski, Va.

A published author, Dalton also penned the book “Sideline Warriors: The Greatest Sports Coaches And Managers of All-Time” during his time in college.

The son of Thomas and Darlene Dalton and a native of Pulaski, Va., Dalton currently resides in Newton, N.C. with his wife Samantha and cats Binx and Ozzie.