Learning to Lead on the Playing Field
Project Goal – $4,120,000
Olivet College recognizes that in order for its students to lead a changing world while achieving individual and professional success, an education based on character, as much as intelligence, is more critical than ever. For the majority of our students, that character is built in athletic competition. As Olivet College focuses on growing its athletic opportunities, the number of leaders who take those skills from the field to the greater world will grow too.
Athletic Facilities Expansion and Enhancement - $3,050,000
The Olivet College campus supports a wide range of NCAA Division III athletic teams, along with numerous intramural and club sports. In order to continue the success of our growing Comet athletics program, expanding and enhancing current facilities is necessary. Funds raised through the Responsible Learners – Responsible Leaders campaign have and will support the following projects:
- The complete reorganization of the Cutler Athletic Complex and Event Center, including the addition of a new, expanded fitness center and weight room to accommodate multiple teams simultaneously. The new fitness area, which will be more than double its current size, will be relocated to the south end of the building, creating space for much-needed coaches’ offices.
- With the majority of coaches offices’ and the athletic director’s office housed together at the east side of Cutler, this entrance will serve as a natural welcoming point for prospective student-athletes and their families.
- A football coaches’ suite, to be placed near the training facilities, will bring the entire coaching staff in-house and will allow them to meet with recruits in modern, attractive accommodations.
- An officials’ locker room and additional storage will take the place of the current football offices.
- With a significant increase in the number of student-athletes who call Olivet College home, the athletic training space must expand in order to provide students with the best care. The current training room will triple in size and resources as part of this campaign.
- Olivet’s nationally recognized wrestling team continues to be a priority program for athletics, while cheerleading is an area for potential growth with the recent addition of a full-time coach. A combined wrestling and cheerleading training area will provide the space and resources necessary for both teams to thrive.
- The extension of the gym will allow a second full court to be added, which will better accommodate winter sports practices and competition. The extension also allows the college to open the gym to high school tournaments and other community events.
Outdoor enhancements include: the addition of a six-court tennis facility; improvements to the press box, concessions stand and restrooms at the baseball field; soccer field enhancements; updated scoreboards; expanded parking; and drastically improved field quality through general modifications.
Athletic Program Start-Up & Expansion - $220,000
Olivet College has and will continue to invest start-up funds for new varsity and club sports. Recently instated athletic opportunities include women’s and men’s bowling, men’s volleyball and men’s tennis. In addition, campaign funds supported the addition of a full-time track and field coach and full-time cheerleading coach.
Pyne Pavilion - $650,000
Greatly enhancing the game-day experience, the Pyne Pavilion offers a permanent space for Comet fans to root for our athletic teams, enjoy concessions and purchase Olivet College team apparel in the comfort of a state-of-the-art facility.
The two-story structure, which opened in the fall of 2014, is named for and supported by friends of George Pyne III ’65, who starred and lettered in football at Olivet College for four years and went on to play in the NFL for the Boston Patriots.
Football Locker Room Expansion - $200,000
For the first time in recent history, Olivet College is proud to boast having a back-to-back MIAA champion football team. Having ended its 2016 season as champions, the Comet football program is at the height of its game, and continues to build on its successes. In just four years, the team has grown from 70 to 160 student-athletes, and with focused recruitment and retention efforts, the program will only continue to grow. Recent upgrades add much-needed locker room and training space, as well as the resources necessary for this expanding, winning team to continue its success.