College Athletics Construction Roundup: July 2016 “College Athletics Construction Roundup” is a monthly series on the construction of intercollegiate athletics facilities. Each month we’ll provide a list of announced, in progress and recently completed athletic construction projects from around the country. You can view previous editions of the “College Athletics Construction Roundup” here.

Master Plan

Pitt has partnered with Populous to begin the master planning process. The planning effort is expected to last nine months and include an athletic-specific student services building and student-athlete training table facility.

Siena will begin a $13.5 million, multi-phase renovation to the Alumni Recreation Center and Marcelle Athletic Complex. The project includes a practice court for the basketball programs, the relocation of indoor hitting cages for baseball and softball and a new student-athlete strength and conditioning area. All phases should be complete by the Fall of 2018.

The Citadel approved $33 million in improvements and new facilities. The plan calls for upgrades to McAlister Field House and the track & football practice facility, as well as the addition of a new 95,000 square-foot building. The new athletics building will house a weight room, locker rooms, meeting and conference rooms, office space and a student lounge area.



Auburn continues to evaluate the feasibility of renovations at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The Athletic Department is working on due diligence to determine the demand for additional seating. Expanded concourses, additional concessions, new locker rooms and new video boards are among the amenities included in the $145 million project.

Old Dominion approved the $55 million plan to rebuild Foreman Field at Ballard Stadium. The new stadium will have a slightly larger capacity at 22,130 and also include a more open concourse, additional concession areas and more restrooms. The new facility will also allow for future expansion to 30,000 seats. The project is expected to begin after the 2018 season and be ready for the 2019 season opener. Continue reading College Athletics Construction Roundup: July 2016

College Athletics Construction Roundup: June 2016

“College Athletics Construction Roundup” is a monthly series on the construction of intercollegiate athletics facilities. Each month we’ll provide a list of announced, in progress and recently completed athletic construction projects from around the country. You can view previous editions of the “College Athletics Construction Roundup” here.

Master Plan

Northwestern State has several projects in the planning stages. The Baseball complex will receive a new concession stand and restrooms. The Tennis complex is slated for a players’ facility and coaches’ offices. The Track and Field complex will receive new men’s and women’s locker rooms, restrooms, a press box and 1,000 seat grandstand.

Syracuse announced a couple of upcoming projects. The Carrier Dome will receive a new roof, using steel and ETFE (a plastic used in Minnesota’s new U.S Bank Stadium and Beijing’s Water Cube). The school will also overhaul Archbold Gymnasium into a new student health and wellness complex. The budget for the two projects is $255 million, which includes ADA-related upgrades in both venues.

Texas’ master plan details the preferred location of a new arena, replacing the Frank Erwin Center. Details are yet to be finalized by the system’s Board of Regents, but capacity could be 12,000 – 17,000 depending on whether the new facility is basketball-only or multi-purpose (as the Erwin Center is now). The Master Plan also calls for a new soccer stadium and practice field, improvements at UFCU Disch-Falk Field, short game facility upgrades for golf and upgrades at McCombs Field.



Coastal Carolina’s proposal for renovations to Brooks Stadium was again denied by the state’s Commission on Higher Education. In the revised proposal the school had lowered the budget and lessened the amount of money acquired by bonds. The football program’s planned move to the Sun Belt Conference will require stadium expansion to meet FBS attendance mandates.

Montana will replace the current Jumbotron in Washington-Grizzly Stadium with a new high-definition LED screen. The new display is expected to be 55 feet wide by 32 feet tall. Continue reading College Athletics Construction Roundup: June 2016

1:1 Coaching at NACDA Convention

1-1 Coaching

You asked for it – so I’m delivering!

If you want a 1:1 coaching session with me during the NACDA and affiliates convention in Dallas, here’s your chance. I’ve opened up times on Monday, June 13th, Tuesday, June 14th and Wednesday, June 15th.

Here’s a small sampling of what we can work on together:

  • Cover letter and resume (although I recommend this free workshop as another option at convention)
  • Social media presence
  • Personal branding
  • Strategic career planning
  • Getting published (guest blogging or writing a book)
  • Establishing yourself as a public speaker
  • OR anything else you can think of!

What if a few tweaks to your LinkedIn profile started landing you interviews? Or what if you were known as the go-to professional in college athletics for Snapchat?

Or maybe you keep applying for new positions – maybe you even land the interviews – but you can’t seem to get yourself to that next level?

I’ve worked with a variety of college athletics professionals in the past, from those trying to get their foot in the door to senior executives establishing themselves as experts. If you want to set yourself apart from the rest of your competition in the industry, there’s no time like the present!

Investment: $150 for a one-hour 1:1 coaching session

If you’re really ready to take your game to the next level, contact me about booking a three-hour mini-intensive where we’ll chart out your career path and develop all the strategies you need to reach your ultimate goal. 

What some of my past clients had to say about working with me:

“Kristi provided a unique yet experienced perspective on how to succeed and reach your goals. Even if I kept running into road blocks, her positive, upbeat and motivating attitude pushed me to continue on and explore every opportunity, some I would’ve never even considered without her input. I took a risk to change career paths and Kristi was there every step of the way, providing strategy and tips, and finally celebrating right alongside me when I landed my dream job.” – Kristin Gobberg, Assistant Director, Huskies Athletic Fund, Northern Illinois University

“I cannot begin to express how beneficial Kristi’s coaching has been to me. Before working with her, I did not have a serious social media platform and I was not sure how to properly market my brand. After our program, I am happy to say that I have a strong social media platform/presence and I am extremely confident in promoting my brand. Kristi gave me the tools, guidance and resources I needed to have confidence in myself.”  – Kory Dahlen, Competition Coordinator, SEC

College Athletics Construction Roundup: May 2016

College Athletics Construction Roundup

The “College Athletics Construction Roundup” is a monthly series on the construction of intercollegiate athletics facilities. Each month we’ll provide a list of announced, in progress and recently completed athletic construction projects from around the country. You can view previous editions of the “College Athletics Construction Roundup” here.

Master Plan

Nevada will install new video boards at two facilities: Mackay Stadium and the Lawlor Events Center. The $3 million project will greatly improve the fan experience in the venues as both current scoreboards are at least 17 years old. In addition, both facilities will be outfitted with new production equipment and a studio to produce state-of-the-art imagery. The video boards’ installations will be completed for the 2016 season.

Virginia Tech has planned several facility improvements that will benefit almost every program. Rector Field House will add new locker rooms and training rooms. The Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center will see new team lounges and locker rooms. English Field will get additional seating capacity and expanded press boxes. Cassell Coliseum, Thompson Field, the Student-Athlete Development Suite and the weight room in the Hahn-Hurst Basketball Practice Facility are among other facilities in the list as well.

St. John’s has recently completed several projects. A new indoor golf training center was opened inside Carnesecca Arena featuring a putting green, indoor driving range and video analysis center. Taffner Fieldhouse also was renovated to include upgraded locker rooms and rebranding of several areas inside the venue.

Texas A&M will spend $68 million on new stadiums for the softball and track & field programs. The softball stadium will be able to seat 2,000 while the track & facility will have a 3,000 capacity. Both venues are expected to be completed by the end of 2017.

Toledo will conduct renovations on the Glass Bowl and Savage Arena. The Glass Bowl will add new restroom and concession areas and will replace the FieldTurf surface. The Savage Arena project will add new offices for the men’s and women’s basketball staffs and expand to allow for the possible addition of a training / nutrition table.



Liberty has begun construction on a new Indoor Practice Facility. The 90,000 square-foot facility will feature a 70-foot ceiling and full-size turf field. In addition to football, the $20 million facility is expected to host other Liberty programs as well as non-athletic events.

Oklahoma held its Topping-Off Ceremony for the south end zone renovation project. The project adds suites, loge boxes and club seats. The bowling-in of the end zone will be complete in time for the 2016 home opener. The team facilities will be completed over the course of the next off-season. Continue reading College Athletics Construction Roundup: May 2016

NACDA Young Professionals Cover Letter/Resume/Mock Interview Workshop

NACDA Workshop 2015

This year marks the fourth year in a row we’ve partnered with NACDA and its affiliates to offer a workshop for young professionals and students to receive feedback on their cover letters, resumes and to participate in a mock interview.

Time slots are 30 minutes each, and participants can choose resume/cover letter review (30 minutes), mock interview (30 minutes) or both (60 minutes). There are a limited number of spots available, and you must fill out the application found below and reserve your spot in order to participate.

The available times are as follows:

Monday – June 13 – 1:00-2:30

Tuesday – June 14 – 3:00-5:00

Wednesday – June 15 – 3:00-5:00

A reviewer will be assigned to each attendee with the goal of pairing the attendee with someone they do not already know. This will enable the attendee to receive advice and coaching based solely on his/her materials, much in the same way he/she would be judged by a potential employer with no past knowledge of their work.

These slots WILL fill up fast. We have been fully booked every single year. If you register and later find you will be unable to attend, please let us know immediately so we can open your slot to someone else.

Look forward to seeing you all in Dallas!


Is There a Bubble in College Football?

On Tuesday, I joined Jason Anderson on ESPN Louisville to discuss whether there’s a bubble in college football that’s ready to burst and what the reported new Big Ten television deal with Fox tells us about the current state of both college football and sports on television.

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College Athletics Construction Roundup: April 2016 “College Athletics Construction Roundup” is a monthly series on the construction of intercollegiate athletics facilities. Each month we’ll provide a list of announced, in progress and recently completed athletic construction projects from around the country. You can view previous editions of the “College Athletics Construction Roundup” here.

Master Plan

West Virginia has several projects underway in addition to the WVA Coliseum project (See below). Phase II of the football practice complex should be completed by early summer. Renovations to the East and North sides of Milan Puskar Stadium are slated for completion prior to the 2016 season, with the West side renovations completed before the 2017 season.

Indiana announced a fundraising campaign, part of which will go towards capital projects. Facilities projects include the ongoing renovations to Assembly Hall, closing in the South end zone of Memorial Stadium and a new arena for volleyball and wrestling matches. Renovations for the IU Golf Course and Armstrong Stadium could be included in the campaign if gifts can be secured.



Florida coach McElwain is pushing for upgrades to his program’s facilities in addition to the recently opened indoor practice facility and the soon-to-be opened Otis Hawkins Center for Academic and Personal Excellence. Future facilities upgrades includes team locker rooms, training rooms and meeting rooms. Continue reading College Athletics Construction Roundup: April 2016

College Athletics Construction Roundup: March 2016

The “College Athletics Construction Roundup” is a monthly series on the construction of intercollegiate athletics facilities. Each month we’ll provide a list of announced, in progress and recently completed athletic construction projects from around the country. You can view previous editions of the “College Athletics Construction Roundup” here.

Master Plan                                

Boston College announced $200 million in athletics facilities upgrades. An athletics field house, including a football indoor practice facility, will be located next to Alumni Stadium. A 240,000 square foot recreation center will replace the Flynn Recreation Complex. Permitting will also be sought for the baseball, softball and intramural fields.



Louisville will expand Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. An additional 10,000 seats will be installed including club seats, premium boxes and field level suites. The project will also include a 70,000 square-foot expansion to the weight room and conditioning center and improvements to coaches’ offices, locker rooms and meeting areas.

UAB has approved a new turf field and football operations facility for its reinstated football program. The 46,000 square foot facility will include a weight room, locker rooms and administrative offices. Expected completion is summer of 2017.

Temple approved funds for a design study for the proposed new stadium on campus. The northwest corner of campus is the expected site for a proposed $126 million, 35,000 seat stadium.

Old Dominion is studying potential places to build a new stadium, with the current site where Foreman Field sits the most likely. Bringing the existing facility up to current codes would reduce current seating capacity while building on the current site could preserve the newer pieces of the recent renovation of the site: premium seating, a parking deck and the stadium turf. The school has indicated the ideal capacity for a new stadium would be less than 30,000.

Utah State remains on track for stadium renovations to be complete before the beginning of the 2016 season. When complete, Maverik Stadium will have new premium seating, a new press box, expanded concessions and restrooms and two new video boards.

Coastal Carolina approved $38 million in higher education bonds to finance the Brooks Stadium expansion project. The project will include 10,000 additional seats, a new entrance plaza, premium suite-level seating and new concourse amenities.

Houston will move forward in the design phase of a new indoor practice facility. The timeline calls for design to be completed this spring with construction beginning in the fall. The project includes am 80,000 square-foot facility with a football-specific strength and conditioning area.

Wake Forest dedicated the new McCreary Field House. The $21 million, 80,000 square foot facility features a 120-yard football field and weight facility.



NC State is continuing on its $35 million renovation to Reynolds Coliseum. Seating Capacity will be reduced to create a more intimate environment. The renovation will also include enhanced concession areas and new seating in the courtside areas. The renovated building will be home to the NC State Walk of Fame & History, celebrating the history of NC State Athletics. Construction is expected to be completed in August 2016.


Olympic / Other Sports

Oregon remains on track to open the new Jane Sanders Stadium on March 24. The $17.2 million venue will seat 2,500 when all construction is complete (combined reserved and general admission seating).

Saint Mary’s is completing work on the Patricia Wiedner Purcell Athletic Fields. The project includes a soccer, lacrosse and softball field. Additionally, the complex includes lighting, scoreboards and press boxes.

UTSA is working with an architect on the feasibility of constructing a new baseball facility at Roadrunner Field. The school is looking at building a 2,500 seat facility at the current, on-campus location.

TCU revealed the completed renovations to Lupton Stadium. The $7.5 million renovation included a new locker room and player lounge, sports medicine center, equipment room and office space.

Ole Miss has begun a $13 million project to upgrade Swayze Field. The performance center will include a new clubhouse, weight room, training area and indoor hitting and pitching practice areas. Construction is expected to be completed in time for the 2018 season.

SMU broke ground on a new aquatics facility. The 42,000 square foot facility will feature an eight-lane, Olympic-size pool with a diving well including four springboards and a 10-meter platform. The building will also feature office space, locker rooms and classroom and meeting areas.


Academic & Multi-Use Facilities

Arizona broke ground on the new C.A.T.S Academic Center. The $7.25 million facility will include tutor rooms, study areas and computer lab. The center will also space for life skills, sports psychology and personal development services.

Vermont is working with the City of Burlington on the feasibility of constructing a multi-purpose arena in the city. The envisioned facility would host UVM athletic events and programs, concerts, conventions and trade shows.

California Baptist University will spend $73 million on a new Events Center. The two-story, 153,000 square-foot facility will serve host to university athletic events, commencement exercises and the school’s chapel program. The project includes home and visiting team locker rooms and an Athletics suite and offices.


Other Notes of Interest        

Kansas will build a new housing complex on campus. The 750-bed apartment complex will house roughly 250 student-athletes, leaving room for an additional 500 traditional students. The new complex is expected to be completed in 2017.

AECOM and the Center for Sports Administration at Ohio University recently conducted a follow-up survey of 87 Division I NCAA schools (from both public and private institutions). The survey indicates nearly all respondents plan on investing at least $500,000 in facility improvements over the next five years. Additionally, fan amenities are increasing in importance. From the recruiting perspective, top priorities are investments in locker rooms and academic facilities.

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