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SVRFA hires first Executive Director

Dennis Toney (L) is executive director of the Southern Virginia Recreation Facilities Authority. Standing with Toney is Bob Davis, chairman of the recreation authority’s board of directors. (Martinsville Bulletin)

April 30, 2007

Virginia native returns to area in June to begin new job

The Southern Virginia Recreation Facilities Authority (SVRFA) has hired its first Executive Director, and it's a Virginia boy returning to his roots.

Dennis Toney, a Virginia native who has worked in athletic administration for such NCAA Division I members as the University of South Carolina, the University of Massachusetts, and Virginia Military Institute, will begin his duties June 4 as the Executive Director of SVRFA. His hiring was announced today by the Authority's Board of Directors.

Toney's current position is Director of Athletics at the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, AL, where he has worked since 2005. Toney supervises a 10-sport intercollegiate athletic program for the NCAA Division II school, including oversight for budget management, student-athlete development, NCAA compliance, and coordination of facilities and game operations.

Toney brings 20 years' experience in college athletic administration. He worked in various capacities for the University of South Carolina athletic department from 1983 to 1992, was an Assistant Director of Athletics at the University of Massachusetts from 1996 to 1999, and was an Associate Director of Athletics at VMI from 1999 to 2005.

Toney also previously served as an assistant football coach at Ohio University, and in high school positions at Prince Edward County, Elkton High School, and Altavista High School. He earned his undergraduate degree in 1973 from Bridgewater College, and has master's degrees from the University of Virginia and Ohio University.

Toney's job with SVRFA will be to manage the soccer complex in Henry County and the civic arena in uptown Martinsville. He will be responsible for marketing the facilities, scheduling events, and serving as a liaison with the community and others to get the two facilities up and running. He will make an annual salary of $85,000.

"We are absolutely thrilled to have Dennis Toney join us," said Bob Davis, chairman of SVRFA's Board of Directors. "Dennis brings an impressive resume with him, and it's a bonus that he's a Virginia native and knows our area so well. We are convinced that he is the appropriate choice to help get these projects launched."

Toney will work out of office space provided by Henry County at the County Administration Building until the uptown arena is built. The City of Martinsville currently is working to prepare the site for construction. The soccer complex, located near the intersection of Irisburg Road and the Route 58 Bypass in eastern Henry County, currently is being designed. It is anticipated that ground will be broken sometime this summer.
The projects are being paid for by a $20 million grant from the Harvest Foundation.

"The Harvest Foundation has given the Martinsville-Henry County community an extraordinary gift, and it's exciting to be a part of the process," Toney said. "I am eager to begin my new duties and help make these two facilities destination points for events from around the region."




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