"I am passionate about college athletics as it provides access to higher education to young women and men with God-given academic and athletic talents, many of whom are first generation. There is perhaps no greater training ground than college athletics for success in life." - Gene Smith, Senior Vice President & Wolfe Foundation Endowed Athletics Director
At Ohio State, the Department of Athletics’ training and competitive facilities are its classrooms, wherein talented student-athletes hone their skills and reach their potential. Coaches prepare student-athletes for competition and success as students, athletes and citizens. Teams focus on winning, but winning transcends the final score of any game or grade point average. Winning is about succeeding in life.
A new master plan for the Athletic District has been created to build upon the stellar tradition of competitive success for which Ohio State has become widely recognized.
The Athletic District will consolidate the vast majority of practice and competitive facilities into a contiguous space. Doing so will provide student-athletes and their coaches the optimal training and competitive environments.
The Athletic District will be a win-win-win: for student-athletes, coaches, and for Ohio State.
Schumaker student-athlete development complex
The Schumaker Student-Athlete Development Complex will provide a state-of-the-art facility for the nutritional, physical, and psychological development of student-athletes on 33 teams at Ohio State. Over 800 student-athletes will lift, condition, train, and rehabilitate injuries in the complex, while also benefiting from nutritional and mental preparation for peak performance.
This new facility will be the training “hub” for 33 Olympic sport teams. It will be located in the heart of the Athletic District and connected to the iconic Woody Hayes Athletic Center at the Les Wexner Football Complex.
“It’s a matter of developing confidence, pride and tradition. When they see the commitment the university is making, it’s incredible what it will do in giving our student-athletes a good feeling. It’s going to make them want to play harder for the badge they’re wearing on their chest.” - John Bluem, Head Coach Men's Soccer
The 3,700 seat arena will serve as home to seven varsity sports: volleyball, gymnastics, fencing and wrestling. In addition, it will serve as the occasional venue for women’s basketball as well as serving as the host site for local tournaments and camps.
This state-of-the-art facility allows for the greatest flexibility in the use of space by accommodating various configurations specifically designed for each competition. The arena will serve as the training facility for Men’s and Women’s Volleyball. Coaches and teams will benefit from up-to-date locker rooms, offices, training and treatment rooms.
"The Big Ten is and has been the strongest conference for women's volleyball for years. The Covelli Center gives us the opportunity to be in the dialogue with the best recruits from the moment they step on campus. The new athletic district is crucial to our student-athlete's experience. It is their home away from home. It is the place they can come to and feel connected to the larger passion that is Ohio State. - Geoff Carlston, Head Coach Women’s Volleyball
"This facility will change the entire game-day experience for our volleyball team. From the in-venue atmosphere to the technology used in player-development, we will be among the very elite in what we can offer both current and prospective student-athletes." - Pete Hanson, Head Coach Men's Volleyball
The competition for the nation’s next student-athletes is fierce. One of the critical program elements to attract the best and brightest athletes is the facilities in which they study, train and compete. As a result, the Ohio State wrestling program is in need of a new practice facility – their classroom – wherein they can train and hone their skills.
The importance of superior training facilities cannot be overstated. It’s where young men become seasoned athletes. It’s where student-athletes learn the intrinsic values of sacrifice and determination – values that are integral to achieving success beyond the game.