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Dickey Field


Garland M. DickeyGarland M. Dickey (42C) is a name that resonates across decades of Berry history. As the college’s first full-time athletic director, the late coach and administrator helped lead the rebirth of intercollegiate athletics at Berry in the years after World War II, forging the college’s first conference affiliation, initiating the contest that resulted in Berry’s “Viking” nickname, and at one time or another coaching every men’s sport on campus, including track and field.

In recognition of his many contributions to Berry intercollegiate athletics, Garland Dickey's wife Ouida (50C, FFS) and daughters Jennifer (77A, 80C) and Angela (75A, 79C) committed $100,000 in matching funds (since claimed) for the Dickey Field Challenge. Their generosity spurred additional gifts that made possible the construction of a competition area for track and field throwing events adjacent to Valhalla.

 Pictured: Dr. Ouida Dickey with Berry President Steve Briggs, left, and trustee Steve Cage (74C) at the Valhalla groundbreaking.