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Trojans Celebrate New Home for Lacrosse, Soccer Programs


Anderson University senior leaders, Board of Trust members and Trojan athletics officials in January held a groundbreaking ceremony for the University’s newest state-of-the-art facility: a fieldhouse for the AU lacrosse and soccer programs. 

Held outdoors with physical distancing protocols, the event brought together teammates from the men’s lacrosse and men’s and women’s soccer teams with members of the campus community to celebrate the start of construction. The 10,000-square foot facility was designed by McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture and is being built by J. Davis Construction, Inc. 

In addition to remarks by President Evans Whitaker, Anderson University Board of Trust Chairman Don Harper and Anderson University Vice President for Athletics Dr. Bert Epting, Trojan men’s lacrosse coach Albert Mitchell expressed his appreciation followed by Annie Kate Hodge, a senior who plays women’s soccer for the Trojans, and new men’s lacrosse player Nick Calabrese. Anderson University Student Government Association President Riley Dixon offered the invocation, and Anderson University vice president for diversity and inclusion Dr. James Noble provided the dedicatory prayer. 

The two-story fieldhouse will feature four locker rooms—two each for men’s and women’s soccer and men’s and women’s lacrosse athletes—and eight coach’s offices. Two meeting rooms, a common space for student-athletes and an exterior porch facing the field are also part of the facility design. Workers began construction on the lacrosse and soccer fieldhouse in January, which is scheduled to open this summer.