College’s first new construction project on campus in almost 20 years is nearing completion.
The $1 million project to convert the school’s only athletic field from natural grass to artificial turf is expected to draw in more than just new recruits.
The construction here on Greensboro college’s “Pride Field” is nearing an end, but students said the improvements represent the start of a new beginning.
“I think it’s a great step forward,” said soccer player Drew Clukey.
Coaches said they agree.
“We are in a much more stable environment financially which has allowed us to take this path in this venture,” said head men’s soccer coach, Tony Falvino.
It’s a path that wasn’t always clear. In 2011, the school was placed on financial probation and faced losing its accreditation. However over the last four years the school’s gained new leadership and built relationships with community leaders.
“Who have really supported us and stood by our side,” said External Relations Vice President Michelle Davis. “All of that and a collaborative of our faculty, staff, coaches, and administration on campus lead us to have the ability to be able to do this today.”
It’s an asset Davis said will help the school financially, and coaches said it will be a great recruiting tool.
“As a coach here having a brand new field gives it more attraction to be able to recruit harder and to be able to bring the players that we need here,” said head women’s soccer coach Gustavo Mota.
The school’s athletic director said all students will benefit, not just the athletes.
“Our other students will be able to have a chance to use it, and I think it’s something whether you are a student athlete or just a student you can just feel proud that this is going in,” said athletic director Bryan Galuski.
The field should be completed by Oct. 1.