Teams for six Behrend sports have a new home base
Junker Center continues to be the headquarters of Penn State Behrend athletics, serving as the hub for most of the college’s twenty-four NCAA Division III teams, coaches, and support staff, but the teams for several sports now have a permanent place in the new Erie Hall.
The college’s baseball, softball, wrestling, women’s and men’s tennis, and women’s and men’s track-and-field/cross-country teams have locker rooms in the new 52,700-square-foot building, as well as a well-stocked and staffed athletics training room complete with two plunge pools— one cold, one hot—for the athletes’ use. The wrestling team now has a 3,800-square-foot practice room with custom-designed mats next to the building’s three multipurpose courts.
Team coaches and support staff have office space above the locker rooms and a conference room with a view that is sure to impress prospective student-athletes during admissions visits. Students, coaches, and staff are all pleased with the new space.
“They are all very excited to have brand new locker rooms and a gorgeous building to serve as home base,” said Brian Streeter, senior director of athletics at Behrend. “It enhances the environment our student-athletes learn in, and it helps them enjoy their time at Penn State Behrend.”
Reflecting their support of the college and the new Erie Hall, the Doane and Cipriani families are recognized by their family names in the main thoroughfare of Erie Hall. Rich Doane and Diane (Metzgar) Doane, for whom the Doane Family Lobby is named, are 1985 graduates of Penn State. The John and Judith Cipriani Family Welcome Desk recognizes the support of John Cipriani, a 1958 graduate, and his late wife, Judith.
Naming opportunities for numerous spaces in Erie Hall remain available; contact Dave Johnson, associate director of development, at [email protected] or 814-898-6780.