Athletics Construction Underway

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A brand-new turf field for the women’s lacrosse team, men’s lacrosse team and softball team is part of the future at Maryville. Construction on Maryville University’s campus off of Conway road has brought the attention of many fellow Saints.

An expanded footprint for the athletics department is in the works at Maryville University. Set to be completed in Aug., a brand-new turf lacrosse field and turf softball field will sit on Maryville’s campus off of Conway road.

The plan includes at least four tennis courts, six locker rooms and additional office space for the athletic department and coaching staff.

The lockers will provide storage space for all sports gear. The fields are to be completed for fall ball “but, it depends on Mother Nature,” said Lonnie Folks, Director of Athletics and Recreation at Maryville University.

“It’s been something that’s been in the works for a while and I’m thrilled to see it being done,” said Folks. Folks is a St. Louis native and Maryville graduate himself. He studied business management at the university and rose to his current title of Director of Athletics and Recreation from his previous assistant position and head coach of women’s soccer, basketball, and softball.

He also served as sports information director at the university. As a former student athlete and member of the Maryville athletics hall of fame, he has an award named after himself, honoring “former student-athletes, coaches or administrators who exemplify good spirit, sportsmanship, stewardship and service.”

The new facilities will enhance the opportunities for Maryville athletics and teams and will help to relieve tension from sharing lockers space and facilities during sports seasons.

Folks has a “global vision” about the project and believe the project “will show the university’s continued support of intercollegiate athletics as we expect these to be first class facilities with all the amenities necessary for quality programs.”

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Weber field. Photo courtesy of Maryville University Twitter.
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