Long Beach State Soccer/Softball Clubhouse Unveiled
LBSU President Jane Close Conoley and Athletics Director Andy Fee announced the project is ready to begin construction.
Long Beach, Calif. - Renderings and initial construction details for the long-awaited Soccer/Softball Clubhouse were announced by University President Jane Close Conoley, as the facility will bring permanent locker-room facilities to the two programs for the first time, fulfilling one of Long Beach State's most pressing capital improvements.
The construction of the building has been made possible through a combination of generous gifts from the Long Beach community as well as University support. Doug and Sandra Leafstedt had previously committed a gift of $200,000, which was matched by the University. Further significant donations to the project were made by Bernard Borenstein, Christopher Cornell, John & Carol Kagy, Larry & Suzanne Margerum, Dennis & Susan Pitts, Al & Mary Shadbourne, Robert Summers, Thom VanZandt and Mike & Arline Walter.
Additionally, as part of the unveiling Thursday, Deputy Athletics Director Cindy Masner made a challenge gift of her own, offering to match up to $50,000 of donations for the team lounges and locker rooms.
"As a former Long Beach State softball student-athlete and current Beach employee, I want to express my passionate support for the new soccer & softball locker rooms," said Masner. "I am pledging a financial commitment of support towards the project to show appreciation to the softball program and the athletics department that has played a large part in who I am today.
"Understanding how meaningful this new facility is to the history and the future of both programs, I am challenging our alumni and supporters to join me in elevating our softball and soccer programs with the addition of this locker room. The locker room facility will have an immediate and lasting impact on recruiting and student-athlete welfare. Please join me in giving to this historic moment for our wonderful teams."
The clubhouse will be sited in the corner of the softball complex nearest to the entrance to George Allen Field, allowing for easy access for both teams, and will include individual lockers, sports medicine space and team rooms for both programs. Previously, the two have been using public locker rooms in the Kinesiology building and the Walter Pyramid for team meetings and sports medicine treatment.
"Here at Long Beach State, we strive to be excellent at everything we do," said Conoley. "So when I run into situations where I feel like it's a facility, or a program need or staffing need that's really preventing what the next step it, I really want to work on it. Very special and warm thanks to the Leafstedts and others who have been supporting us financially to move us forward."
Construction is scheduled to begin in the early part of 2018, with CW Driver building the design of architects Cannon Design under the supervision of CSULB Design and Construction Services. "The clubhouse is important because it shows a commitment from our University, and it shows a commitment from the community that we're serious about competing at a national level." said women's soccer head coach Mauricio Ingrassia.
"It's a place where we can bring recruits, and really show them what our culture is really about," added head softball coach Kim Sowder. "It's a big, big deal."
Two of the most traditionally successful programs at Long Beach State, Women's Soccer has made six NCAA appearances since the program was revived in 1998, including a run to the Elite Eight, while Softball has made 23 NCAA Tournament appearances and has reached the Women's College World Series five times.
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