Bulldog Strength and Conditioning Center exceeds all expectations
The student-athletes and coaches from Bryant’s 22 NCAA Division I teams had high hopes for the new Bulldog Strength and Conditioning Center as they watched it rise. They knew it would more than double the space previously available for working out and include all-new equipment and training amenities. Today, the 10,000-square-foot facility, which opened in August, has significantly exceeded their expectations.
"It’s definitely enhanced my experience at Bryant and I’m so thankful to all the donors who made this happen for us.”
Built with more than $5 million in alumni philanthropic support as part of Expanding the World of Opportunity: The Campaign for Bryant’s Bold Future, the center can accommodate as many as six teams for workouts at the same time. With weight lifting stations, workout sections, a nutrition station, and indoor turf sprint area, the center provides the resources for students from all sports to become stronger, faster athletes. Access to superior training and conditioning helps student-athletes avoid injuries and compete at the highest level.
Women’s soccer coach Andy Biggs has been impressed with the enthusiasm his players demonstrated as they prepared at the new center. “It’s a very welcoming place,” explains Biggs. “Students are embracing it and really enjoy being there.” He credits not only the spacious interior and best-in-class equipment, but the work of the training staff. “Workouts are much more efficient and enjoyable,” says Biggs, noting that his players are able to work on those areas of preparation and conditioning that they need, rather than having the work determined by what equipment is available.
Biggs also has seen a quantifiable impact: the “team best” and “personal best” scores for his players are higher than past scores.
Craig Buckley, head strength and conditioning coach, notes that the center also is exceeding all projections for use. During the December exam period, he saw many students taking advantage of optional workouts. “It’s been great to see the excitement of our athletes,” says Buckley.
Kaitlyn Spangler ’17 plays women’s soccer and considers the center her team’s “home.” Notes Spangler, “the center brings us all together as a team. We push each other there. It’s our place to work and get stronger and faster. And we’re working side by side with other Bryant teams.”
“It’s hard to explain,” she adds, “but it’s a happy place. With the high ceilings and windows it’s open and bright, so you really want to be there. It’s definitely enhanced my experience at Bryant and I’m so thankful to all the donors who made this happen for us.”
“We believe that we have to work hard and get better every day," says Bill Smith, Director of Athletics. "Beautiful new facilities demonstrate our commitment to that standard and to giving our student-athletes everything they need to be successful.”