Friday, October 17, 2014

Campbell Announces New Strength and Conditioning Center

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell University Athletics has announced a new, state-of-the-art strength and conditioning facility addition at Barker-Lane Stadium.

The nearly 6,000 square foot facility, located in the southeast corner of Barker-Lane Stadium, home of the Camels’ football and women’s lacrosse programs, will feature 900 square feet of sport turf, 12 state-of-the-art custom Hammer Strength combo racks with inlaid Olympic lifting platforms, six glute hamstring developers and four Hammer Strength plate loaded machines.

The training facility will also include two Pit Shark belt squat machines, custom iron grip dumbbells, custom plyometric jumping boxes and a comprehensive nutrition and hydration station.

The new strength and conditioning center will house both Campbell’s football and women’s lacrosse programs, freeing space for the Camels’ other 19 NCAA Division I sports teams to train in the existing John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center weight room.
Construction of the facility began in September, and is expected to conclude in January 2015.

Campbell Vice President for Student Life Dennis Bazemore
“I believe this facility will be a great asset to the conditioning of our football and lacrosse teams. In today’s climate of athletic competition, the strength and conditioning of student-athletes is so important. Our student-athletes will be able to spend hours in that weight room and help them play to the best of their abilities on the field.”

Campbell Vice President and Treasurer Jim Roberts
“This facility was envisioned from the day we first talked about football on this campus. What makes a better team than strength and conditioning? With the quality of the coaches we have on and off the field and the excellent staff we have in our strength and conditioning program, Campbell Football will continue to make wonderful strides to be the top school in the Pioneer Football League.”

Campbell Athletics Director Bob Roller
“The construction of this facility has been a priority for us for the past few years and we cannot thank the Campbell alums and donors enough for stepping forward and making this a reality. Not only will this strength and conditioning center be a fabulous addition to Barker-Lane Stadium and our football and lacrosse programs, but it will free up our existing weight room in Gore Arena of almost 150 student-athletes. It is a major step forward for our entire athletics program.”

Football Head Coach Mike Minter
“Anytime you’re building a football program, the heart of what you are doing is strength and conditioning. In order to do it right, you have to have the space for it. Campbell, its alumni and donors stepped up and gave us a weight room that we can be proud of. It will be the best in the PFL. Anytime you can have something like that, it’s a blessing. We’re excited to go to work in this new facility. It will help take our program to the next level.”

Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach Dawn Easley
“This new strength and conditioning center for lacrosse and football is a testament to the support Campbell gives to Athletics. I want to thank Mr. Roller for his hard work and dedication to the continued improvements to our beautiful campus. With this new addition, our student athletes will thrive under the guidance of Andrew Carter.”

Head Strength & Conditioning Coach Andrew Carter
“Thank you to the Campbell administration for having the vision to make this project happen. This facility will not only benefit the football and women’s lacrosse teams at Campbell, but all student-athletes. We will greatly improve our efficiency and enhance our training capabilities to train all of our athletes to their maximum physical potential. This facility also adds a different training dynamic for our football guys, where we will be able to train as offense and defensive units. This training atmosphere will help our team with camaraderie, chemistry and great energy in a team environment.”

Story courtesy of Campbell Sports Information