LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — One year after installing new drainage and irrigation systems at its baseball and softball fields, Motlow State Community College continued its push to provide the finest community college athletic facilities in the state by significantly upgrading its weight training and exercise complex during the summer.
Through a combined effort from the president’s office, the athletic department, and the facilities department, Motlow expanded the complex, located inside Nisbett Center on the Moore County campus, from 1,236 square feet to 2, 801 square feet, an increase in size of 125 percent.
In order to fill the additional space, the College purchased $30,000 worth of additional weight and exercise equipment, including free-weight racks with Motlow color and logo branding, leg curl machines, back strengthening machines, a treadmill, a VertiMax machine and multiple cardio-related items.
“One of the first things Dr. Kinkel noticed when he arrived as our new president last year was the condition of our weight training and exercise facility. It was small and it was dirty and had not been upgraded in a number of years,” said Scott Shasteen, Motlow athletic director.
“One common theme among all championship contending college programs, regardless of what level of competition they play in, is the maintaining and consistent upgrading of athletic facilities. We owe it to our fan base and our student-athletes. Quality breeds quality and effort leads to excellence,” continued Shasteen. “We are putting a lot of effort into upgrading our athletic facilities.”
Next on the Motlow athletic department facility wish list is the funding of a pair of soccer fields, one for games and one for practice. Motlow will begin an intercollegiate women’s soccer program in the fall of 2017.
Other improvements on the horizon are new backstop and dugout areas for both the baseball and softball fields as well as new locker rooms for both sports. Motlow’s basketball locker rooms, both men and women, were refurbished in recent years.
“It is extremely important to us that we provide each of our sports the very best facilities we possibly can,” added Shasteen. “One reason is that Title IX guidelines say we must strive to be equitable, but it goes beyond that. We expect to compete on a national level in every sport and to do that we must attract the best student-athletes in middle Tennessee and throughout the nation. The best want to play in nice facilities and we are consistently striving to improve ours.”
Motlow has invested close to $1 million in its athletic facilities and programs in the past year. It is the only community college in Tennessee that employs assistant coaches in full-time positions.