“We are extremely grateful to Greg Hatcher, Mike Sherman and all the generous donors who have made this facility possible for our student-athletes.” — Steven Rackley.
The new 12,000-square-foot addition to the Hogan Center, in operation this fall, provides enhanced strength and conditioning space for all Alma College student-athletes and multi-functional practice space for the wrestling team.
The project also included the renovation of existing locker rooms and offices, space for a new Integrative Physiology and Health Science lab and practice room for the cheer/STUNT program.
Facility Eases Practice Scheduling
“This is an exciting project that meets a critical need for the success of our student-athletes,” says Steven Rackley, Alma College athletic director. “Nearly 40 percent of Alma’s students participate in at least one of our 25 varsity sports, and the college has added five new sports in recent years to meet student interests.
“While these new teams have supported strategic enrollment goals, the demand for additional space to meet practice and conditioning needs for all sports has grown,” says Rackley. “This project, which also includes the renovation of spaces in the Hogan Center, will relieve overcrowding, ease scheduling in our existing facilities and enhance the student experience.”
Donor Commitments Support Project
The project is funded entirely by donor contributions, including $1 million commitments each from Alma College alumni and Board of Trustee members Greg Hatcher, class of 1983, and Michael Sherman, class of 1974.
The ground level of the building addition serves as the Sherman Strength and Conditioning Facility, the athletics department’s main weight and conditioning room for all student-athletes. The upper level features the Hatcher Wrestling Room.
Alma College’s wrestling program has experienced a major resurgence since its reinstatement as a varsity sport in 2011, achieving national recognition both on the mats and in their academic achievements.
‘Wrestling Legacy Is Strong’
“Alma’s wrestling legacy is strong, and we are committed to extending that legacy into the future,” says Rackley. “We are extremely grateful to Greg Hatcher, Mike Sherman and all the generous donors who have made this facility possible for our student-athletes.”
The $3.5 million two-story glass structure, constructed on the east side of the existing Hogan Center, faces the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail and Wright Avenue.
The Hogan addition is part of a long-range campus master plan that also includes the development of major academic facilities designed to lead the college into the future.