Derrick Dalton (b.1970 – ) ABAA’s third president, began his collegiate playing days at Elon University before transferring to A & T. Derrick Dalton completed his bachelor’s degree in Education at North Carolina A & T State University where he received academic and athletic scholarships for his efforts. Derrick was on the MEAC Championship team of 1993 as the starting 2nd baseman for the Aggies. Derrick was a student assistant coach with the Aggie baseball team prior to graduating. During his undergraduate years, he was also a very active member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. After graduating from A & T, Derrick began his teaching and coaching career in Chesapeake, Virginia as an elite Career Commitment Educator. At the completion of his first year of teaching, Mr. Dalton received a full academic scholarship to Northwest Missouri State University as a graduate assistant baseball coach. While teaching, coaching and taking courses at Northwest, Derrick promptly completed his master’s degree in 9 months. After returning to Virginia to continue his teaching and coaching career, he became the Head Coach of American Legion Post 310. He was named Coach of the Year on 3 occasions and he took his team to the state playoffs every year from 1999-2002. While coaching in the Virginia Beach area, Derrick was fortunate enough to work with present day major leaguers BJ and Justin Upton, Mike Cuddyer, Mark Reynolds and David Wright. While coaching, Derrick was also promoted to assistant principal at Western Branch Middle School in Chesapeake, Virginia. During this time he completed his Education Specialist degree in Administration from the University of Virginia. Derrick and his family then relocated to the Atlanta area as he began working for Clayton County Public Schools as assistant principal at Pointe South Middle School and soon he became principal of Mundy’s Mill Middle in Clayton County. Derrick Dalton has 12 years educational experience in the elementary, middle, high and the collegiate setting; as well as 4 years experience in the corporate setting as a Senior Sales Representative for Eli Lilly. Derrick has also coached high school football and basketball. Derrick has been married for 11 years to Michelle and they have three boys, Jailen, Jacorey and Jordan. Derrick enjoys spending time with his wife and his 3 boys and he maximizes his opportunities to coach his boys’ athletic teams in the Atlanta area with their ages 8,5 and 3 respectively! He has had the pleasure of coaching baseball, basketball, soccer and football with the Dalton gang and other active children. Derrick also takes time to visit schools as a motivational speaker for teenagers in the area. He has also shared his motivational story as the Keynote speaker at Clayton State College and University in an effort to persuade individuals to follow their athletic dreams but keep their focus on academics.
Cory Lima (b.1975-) was the first President of the Aggie Baseball Alumni Association. His story is a true “Aggie born, Aggie bred” story which began with his grandfather, George Lima, Sr. who played football for the Aggies in the late 1930s. His grandfather met his grandmother, Selma Boone of Cofield, NC., on campus and ten years later, his father, George Lima Jr., was Aggie born and bred. George Lima Jr. played baseball at A&T from 1967-1971 and during that time, his father met Cora Penn of Martinsville, VA. Cory was born four years later in Cleveland, OH. Due to the nature of his father’s corporate career, Cory lived in four different states as he grew up. He was a three year varsity letterman in basketball, baseball, chorus, and graduated from Redan High School of Stone Mountain, GA. in 1993. He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs out of high school, but his father convinced him that attending college would be the wiser decision. He took his father’s advice and decided to follow in the footsteps of his forefathers. He signed a baseball scholarship at N.C. A&T and played for the Aggies from 1993-1997, while majoring in Recreation Administration. He was drafted for a second time in the 25th round by the Florida Marlins in 1997. After one season, he decided that he would attend business school during the offseason at Clark Atlanta University to obtain a MBA in Marketing, just in case professional baseball did not work out. He played five seasons of professional baseball and then decided to begin another career. The love of physical fitness and athletics was instilled in him at a very young age and he knew that once his professional baseball career was over that he wanted a career in athletics administration. Since 2001, he has worked for the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference(SIAC), the Southwestern Athletic Conference(SWAC), and the National Collegiate Athletic Association(NCAA). As an athletics administrator, he saw a need for an official alumni association that could serve as a fundraising arm for his alma mater’s baseball program, but also provide opportunities for alumni of the program to fellowship. He called on his father, his teammates, and other alumni of the program to form an official organization. Everyone responded to his call and the ABAA was founded on October 20, 2006. Cory presided over the founding and establishment of the ABAA. Under his leadership, ABAA policy and procedures were created. He was also instrumental in the development of ABAA signature events, the Groomes Spring Classic and the Alum Bum Game. Cory is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He is married to Dr. Elisa N.M. Lima and they have three children, Coryn, Mahri, and Selah.