Construction Begins on New MSU Volleyball Facility
Construction has begun on a new state-of-the-art facility for Morehead State volleyball. The facility will be created inside the Academic-Athletic Center in the space formerly occupied by the McClure Pool and Mack Diving Well.
"We are extremely excited to get this project going," Head Coach Jaime Gordon said. "We think we're going to have one of the best volleyball-only facilities in the country, and we've taken an important step forward by getting construction underway."
Phase one of the project, which began on Feb. 23, includes filling in the current pool, removing current infrastructure and laying the framework for the facility's new make-up. Plans include a weight room, state-of-the-art locker rooms, suite-style seating, video display, video theatre and player lounge.
"It's really exciting to see the work begin because we've waited a long time to do so," Director of Athletics Brian Hutchinson said. "This facility will mean so much to our volleyball program and athletic department. It's certainly a happy moment."
Since volleyball was adopted by the Ohio Valley Conference in 1983, Morehead State has played most of its home matches at the 61-year-old Wetherby Gymnasium.
In Gordon's 12-year tenure at the school, Morehead State has claimed seven regular-season OVC volleyball championships and participated in two NCAA Tournaments.
Under Gordon's direction, the Eagles have achieved a 100 percent graduation rate over the past six years and averaged over a 3.7 grade point average during that time. The MSU volleyball team has also earned six of the last seven OVC Team Academic Awards.
"It's hard to describe the feeling of walking into the AAC and seeing construction going on," Gordon added. "I can't thank our administration, staff, players and supporters enough for getting us to this point. Their commitment and support have been terrific."
Gordon, a three-time OVC Coach of the Year, owns a 231-159 record (.592) at MSU.