Construction For New Locker Rooms Underway
April 19, 2011
EASTON, Pa. - The Lafayette men's and women's basketball teams and women's volleyball squad will have new places to call home in Allan P. Kirby Sports Center for the 2011-12 seasons. The projects are being funded by the Kirby Sports Center endowed renovation and restoration fund and from outside donations.
The teams' locker rooms will continue to be located on the second floor of Kirby Sports Center, but that will be the only thing that does not change about the team facilities.
Each team will see a dramatic transformation to its existing locker room. The common areas will be equipped with lounge furniture and audio/visual equipment including flat panel televisions for game and practice film breakdown. Wireless Internet access will continue to be available to the student-athletes and coaches in the facility.
"We've made a commitment to continually improving our athletic facilities here at Lafayette," said Athletic Director Bruce McCutcheon. "We are appreciative of the Kirby Foundation and the Bollman family for their generous support of this project."
The men's and women's basketball locker rooms, which will be outfitted with wooden lockers, will essentially double in size.
"We're very grateful to be undertaking this project," said men's basketball head coach Fran O'Hanlon. "Having this type of team space will certainly help from a recruiting standpoint and also will give us more flexibility when it comes to watching film and holding other team activities."
Lafayette women's basketball coach Dianne Nolan, who just completed her first season at Lafayette, echoed O'Hanlon's sentiments.
"Our program has undergone many significant changes in a short time and we hope this is another impactful upgrade that will aid us in our task of building a championship program."
The volleyball team locker room will move across the hall from its current to location into the former women's basketball locker room which will receive substantial upgrades. That renovations is being paid for by Phil Bollman '60 and Bernice Bollman P'81.
"Lafayette volleyball is certainly looking forward to the big changes underway for our locker room," said head coach Terri Dadio Campbell. "With a four-month season and off-season workouts during the winter and spring, our student-athletes need an area that meets all of their needs."
The project, which began at the end of the basketball season in mid March, is scheduled to be completed by May.