Thursday, October 06, 2005
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 6, 2005) - During a press conference Thursday afternoon inside ETSU's Memorial Center, members of the Buccaneer athletic administration and university advancement officials came together to officially announce plans for a complete overhaul of the program's athletic facilities over the next several years.
The $104 million plan calls for the construction of new, on-campus venues for all of ETSU's 16 varsity sports over the next 10 years. The ambitious effort will combine multiple funding sources to make the facilities a reality.
"We realize this is a bold initiative," said ETSU Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Dave Mullins. "However, if we are to catch up to our peer institutions and rivals, we need first-class Division I level facilities. Our ETSU student-athletes deserve top-notch training and competitive venues if we expect them to represent ETSU at a championship level."
"This state-of-the-art golf center has already paid dividends and had an immediate impact on our programs," Mullins added. "The outstanding performance of our golf teams since opening the center can be partly attributed to attracting world-class golfers to our program because of the ability to train there. We want the same opportunities for all our programs."
Mullins and Jeremy Ross, Associate Vice President for University Advancement, are working diligently to garner community relationships, public/corporate partnerships and private giving which will be central to the success of this 10-year strategic plan.
"University Advancement looks forward to working with the Athletic Department in implementing the Athletic Facility Master Plan as a key component of the Reaching Higher - Needs Based Capital Campaign," Ross said. "Athletics is a significant program within the fundraising mission of the university."
For more information on the new facility master plan for athletics, visit www.ETSUBucs.com. To learn more about the opportunities for giving to the campaign, contact Ross in University Advancement 423-439-5353.
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