Gora called the project of "singular and signature importance."
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new building to clear up that logjam and provide a more modern setting.
It led to situations such as four people sharing the same office and the director of football operations getting put out when tight ends and wide receivers have position meetings at the same time in that room.
FILE Ball State University head coach Pete Lembo walks the sideline during their game against Toledo, Sept. 28, 2013 at Scheumann Stadium.(Photo: Ashley L. Conti / The Star Press)MUNCIE As administrators and Ball State football coach Pete Lembo took turns at the podium at Thursday afternoon's groundbreaking, two central themes emerged.
When it was first built, the hope was to keep all the coaches in various sports close together, so the football coaching offices were located at Worthen Arena. But the manic energy of most football programs simply can't abide with that.
"First and foremost, we're educators as coaches," Lembo said. "We want to be the best teachers we can be, and our players want to be the best students of the game. So in order to do that, you have to have a great learning environment.".
The new complex will include larger and better team meeting spaces, but perhaps more importantly it will rectify the peculiar spot Ball State's football complex has occupied for more than a decade.
More than 100 donors, coaches, players and administrators turned out for the groundbreaking ceremony for the project on the west side of the Fisher Football Complex set to finish before the 2015 season. Much of the proceedings had to move inside because of the threat of weather, but with a section of fence already down and the ceremonial shovels of dirt tossed up, the long awaited project took a step toward becoming reality.
"We're trying to attract the best and brightest student athletes to the program," Lembo said. "And when they come here and not only like the people, but they see institutional commitment in terms of facilities, it makes a big difference."
the competition. That was so apparent it even came from the mouth of outgoing school president Jo Ann Gora.
Gora quipped all three football coaches during her tenure (Brady Hoke, Stan Parrish and Lembo) pushed for the complex addition. She added the school has already raised $19.2 million of the $20 million goal for the current capital campaign, and athletic director Bill Scholl said work has already started on improvements to the softball and baseball facilities.
Ball State breaks ground on addition to Fisher Football Complex
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