Reaction of SIUE coaches to weight room

January 14, 2014 

"I think having a brand new facility is a huge step forward for the department as a whole. The fact that it is housed in the same facility that our offices are makes it great for the convenience of the coaching staff and the student-athletes. The biggest new advantage is to have such a great workspace for Meade Smith and his staff. It puts us on par with many of the other top Division I institutions in the Midwest."

- Scott Donnelly, Men's Soccer

"We're going to see a rejuvenation in spirit in terms of fitness. Something new creates a positive energy and excitement. The tools that we have to implement our strength and conditioning program are so diverse that we will be able to be creative. From that creativity, we're going to see better gains from our efforts."

-Leah Johnson, Volleyball

"It's really going to help recruiting having a facility like that to help our young men grow as far as their speed and strength. SIUE has done a great job with upgrading things and getting to where we have all the resources to be successful."

- Lennox Forrester, Men's Basketball

"It will give us more options in terms of an indoor space. With that extended turf down there, it really helps out tremendously."

- Eileen McAllister, Men's and Women's Cross Country and Track and Field

"The new facility not only looks great, but it's extremely beneficial for our student-athletes because of its functionality. It's going to be incredible in the way that our student-athletes can continue to develop given all of the resources our Strength and Conditioning staff will have."

- Derek Burton, Women's Soccer

"The new weight room and facility will allow our players to train at a level higher than they have had the luxury of training at before."

- Jason Coomer, Men's and Women's Tennis

"This new weight room is going to help in recruiting but also will help the student-athletes in our program to train in-season, out of season, and in the summer. With Meade's expertise and this facility, it should raise the level of all of our athletic programs."

- Paula Buscher, Women's Basketball

"It's a huge benefit to the softball program and our entire department. It's going to allow us to train at a much higher level than we ever have. We have state-of-the-art equipment, and we're excited to get in there and get after it."

- Sandy Montgomery, Softball

"The new space we will have is a dramatic change from what we had previously. We can have multiple teams in there at once. For golf specifically, the extra space will be a huge advantage to us. Showing a new recruit this weight room will make a huge difference going forward."

- Derrick Brown, Men's and Women's Golf

"This is a state-of-the art facility that will meet all of our needs to provide what our kids need in the weight room to become bigger, stronger and faster. I think it will be a difference maker for some kids when they sit down and make a decision on where they want to attend."

- Tony Stoecklin, Baseball

"It's big for us because we can get everybody in there doing the same thing. The old weight room was functional but we had to go in different groups. With the turf side, we can do a lot of extra things like sled pushes. It's a great asset for us."

-Jeremy Spates, Wrestling

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