Aug 20, 2014 7:03 PM by UL Athletics
LAFAYETTE - Officials at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette broke ground on Wednesday on a new Athletics Performance Center that will benefit all student-athletes in the University's 16 Division I athletic programs.
Led by a group that included University President Dr. E. Joseph Savoie, Director of Athletics Scott Farmer, RCAF Chairman Wayne Elmore, student-athletes Shellie Landry and Blake Trahan, head football coach Mark Hudspeth and head baseball coach Tony Robichaux, officials symbolically moved dirt on the 85,000-square foot facility, which is part of Tier 1 of the Athletic Facilities Master Plan and will be built adjacent to the Leon Moncla Indoor Practice Facility.
The new facility will house a 12,000-square foot weight room, a state-of-the-art athletic training room and a 150-seat auditorium. It will also include a new football locker room and new offices and meeting rooms for the Ragin' Cajuns football coaching staff.
"Today's groundbreaking is another essential step to competing at the national level," Louisiana Director of Athletics Scott Farmer said. "We will excel and continue and to grow if we do two things - give our coaches what they need to recruit great student-athletes, and give our student-athletes what they need to be successful.
"The reason this facility was placed in Tier 1 of the Athletic Master Plan is because this facility helps accomplish both of those goals for all student-athletes. This facility positively impacts everybody and will help make us better."
The Athletic Facilities Master Plan, composed of three tiers, was proposed in March of 2013 and approved by the University of Louisiana Board of Supervisors one month later. Other Tier 1 projects include the renovation of Cajun Field, which will be completed in time for the 2014 season and features new seating and facilities in the south end zone, and the renovation of the Ragin' Cajuns Soccer and Track Facility.
"These are moments that do not come around every day," Louisiana head football coach Mark Hudspeth said. "It's a great day in the history of this program. A lot of people have made this dream possible. This is just the start. All of our programs here have not seen the rewards and the heights that it's going to reach once we can get the facilities that we need to train our student-athletes, now and in the future."