Center for Sport Sciences

College Announces Plans for 'Total Sport Facility Like No Other' at the NCAA Division III Level

The College’s new Center for Sport Sciences promises to make an immediate impact upon four of the institution’s major areas: academics, athletics, recreation and community outreach. The 41,000 square-foot facility will not only be home to WC’s nationally prominent athletic training program, but will accommodate training for essentially all of the College’s 21 sports teams, in addition to giving students additional options for recreational activities.

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What Students are Saying...


Beavercreek, Sophomore
Athletic Training/Pre-Physical Therapy

“I’m super excited that we’ll be the first class to use the new facility. We’re already the best AT program, but this is this is going to make us rise even higher above the rest.”



Mount Gilead, Sophomore
Athletic Training/Pre-Physical Therapy

“I hear it’s going to be huge and awesome. I look forward to appreciating all the improvements. It will be great having (those sports medicine and physical therapy professionals) because we’ll have the opportunity to work so closely with them.”



Clarksville, Sophomore
Athletic Training

“Looking at the architect’s renderings, I think it will provide a more efficient and effective way to learn and assist our athletes. Also, we’ll be getting some new equipment that will provide us with additional hands-on learning.”

Furthermore, the Center will host a one-stop shop for the area’s sports medicine needs as world class orthopedic, physical therapy and hospital imaging services will all be under one roof and available to the campus and greater community. Also, these will provide athletic training majors with access to multiple on-campus clinical sites for additional hands-on learning.

The 6,500 square-foot, athletic training facility will feature state-of-the-art classrooms and labs — and provide space for this marque program to grow. The facility, located within easy access of WC’s contiguous sports venues, will offer such amenities as two in-ground hydrotherapy pools, electrical muscle stimulators, and cryo-compression and ultrasound units.

The Center’s 15,000 square-foot sport training facility will provide for an all-indoor with artificial turf playing surface and batting cages. The complex will open to an outdoor, lighted training field with an artificial turf surface for multiple sports and intramurals.

The current plan calls for construction to begin on the new facility in spring 2014 with an expected opening in time for the Summer ’15 semester.

Terry Rupert, vice president for athletics administration, said the Center for Sport Sciences will be “a total sport facility like no other” at the NCAA Division III level.

“The Center will directly impact well over half of our student body as they engage in their academic, athletic and recreational pursuits, and will be an especially appealing attraction for prospective students. It will provide a ‘hands-on’ facility for student-athletes and athletic training students to develop their skills in their quest for excellence. Also, having such strong College partners as these sports medicine-related businesses involved is value added to an outstanding facility.”

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Architectural Renderings by MSA Sport (designs are potentially subject to change)