Ground for Anderson Athletic Center
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army
West Point Director of Athletics
Boo Corrigan has announced that construction is set to begin on the
Anderson Athletic Center, which will be the new state-of-the-art home for the
Black Knights' sprint football, softball and volleyball teams.
"We have an incredible opportunity to offer top-level support for many of our
cadet-athletes thanks to the Anderson Athletic Center," said Corrigan. "Lee
and Penny Anderson have been transformational for the Academy and the Athletic
Department. Not only have the Anderson's been instrumental in developing our
men's and women's rugby programs, but have endowed head coaching positions and
contributed their time and mentorship. The building timeline would not have
been met without the significant support of Bill Sandbrook, John and Ellen
Drew, and Bill and Diane Spurgeon and the Class of 1981."
Located between Shea Stadium and the Softball Complex, the Anderson Athletic
Center was originally built in the mid-19th century as a boathouse, but the
renovation of the building will now create a multi-purpose athletic facility
to enhance the cadet-athlete experience across multiple sports. These teams
and others who will train there encompass about 40% of those at the Academy
competing at the intercollegiate level.
The first floor of the building will be a 6,630-square foot strength and
conditioning training center which will be utilized by sprint football,
softball, men's and women's rugby, men's and women's track and field and cross
country, as well as volleyball. On the second floor, state-of-the-art locker
rooms will be built for the sprint football, softball and volleyball squads. A
500 plus-square foot self-serve nutrition center will also be installed to
properly fuel cadet-athletes to maximize the value of their workouts.
"John Drew has been an absolute driving force in ensuring our cadet-athletes
have what they need to win," said sprint football head coach
Mark West. "Whenever the team needs support, John is the first one
in line asking what he can do to help. His remarkable contribution to the new
Anderson Athletic Center will have a lasting impact on the sprint football
program for generations to come."
The sports performance coaches shared in West's sentiments that the facility
will provide a great experience for the cadet-athletes.
"The sports performance staff is very grateful for the generosity of our
donors, and especially to Bill and Diane Spurgeon and the Class of 1981," said
Director of Strength and Conditioning Scott
Swanson. "This will be a premier Sports Performance Training and
Nutrition Center to allow our cadets the very best opportunity to excel.
Building this in close proximity to each program's athletic fields and courts
will allow everyone to get into the weight room more frequently, train harder,
and provides the cadets with optimal performance fueling to see greater
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