The arrival of John Galloway, the head coach for the men’s program, helped refocus the effort of getting the center built. One of the very first moves Ricker-Gilbert made as the AD was hiring Galloway, and they both realized the importance of providing these programs with a first-class building.
“The announcement of our facility groundbreaking may prove to be one of the most pivotal moments in our short history of Jacksonville lacrosse,” said Galloway. “The work done behind the scenes from our administration coupled with the financial support of so many friends and family of our programs has led us to this day.”
The men’s program is coming off its first-ever appearance in the Southern Conference Championship game in just its second season under the guidance of Coach Galloway.
“Starting this fall, our student-athletes and coaches will be given every advantage necessary to compete and recruit with any program in the nation. More importantly, this commitment is just another gesture from our University of how important lacrosse is to the fabric of this campus. This facility will stand as the symbol for our programs as we continue to establish ourselves as the Lacrosse Capital of the South!”