As a result of generous donor support, construction has recently been completed on the Fishman Center, a new indoor practice facility adjacent to Gary Wright Field, home of the Centre College baseball program.
The 3,000-square-foot facility has been constructed directly behind the scoreboard in left field and allows the Colonels to work on a variety of player development activities. The facility is named after Mark Fishman, lead donor on the project and father of a recent Centre graduate and baseball player, Cameron.
“This facility will be transformational for our baseball—and softball—programs,” said Brad Fields, Centre’s director of athletics. “I cannot express enough my gratitude to Mark Fishman and our other generous donors who fully funded this project.”
The building includes turf, heat and air, electricity, a top-of-the-line netting system and two garage doors that can allow for natural light and fresh air.
“We can’t thank those who helped make this possible enough for their generosity,” said Centre Head Baseball Coach Mike Pritchard. “It allows us to do so much more than we were able to do in the past. Not only has it helped when the weather hasn’t been conducive to being outside but we’ve also used it when we were able to get on the field. We’ve been able to be more productive and efficient with our time, and the guys are excited to have the ability to go hit or throw whenever they want.”
Along with the ability to hit in the building, the Fishman Center allows pitchers to throw to live hitters off indoor mounds as well as different fielding, conditioning and agility drills.
“While the primary focus is on use during inclement weather, don’t underestimate the impact this facility will provide in all weather conditions,” Fields added.
The construction on the facility began in the fall, and the baseball team was able to begin practice activities inside by late January. According to Pritchard, the facility has noticeably helped the team in just its first month of use.
“The Fishman Center has already made a huge impact with our preparation for the season,” Pritchard finished. “It’s turned out to be just what we hoped for, if not better.”
by Matt Montavon
See a gallery of photos from the dedication ceremony here.