March 9, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma welcomed back former gymnasts and guests on Saturday, March 5, for the dedication of the Sam Viersen Gymnastics Center.
OU Athletics Director Joe Castiglione hosted the ceremony, recognizing the current coaches and gymnasts for OU men’s and women’s gymnastics, former OU gymnasts Bart Conner and Kelly Garrison, and other donors that helped make the facility possible.
Highlights of the 7,000 square foot addition include new locker rooms, new training areas, new sports medicine training rooms and a new awards recognition room.
For photos from the event, click below.
Sam Viersen Dedication Photos
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A state-of-the-art 7,000 square foot addition and a complete overhaul of the existing Sam Viersen Gymnastics Center was finalized in the spring of 2010, ensuring that the home of Oklahoma Gymnastics remains one of the nation's premier collegiate training facilities.
Funded entirely by private donations without the use of any state or university appropriated funds, the project included a complete renovation of the current gym, locker rooms, sports medicine training rooms and the awards recognition room.
A new storage area, a reconfiguration of foam and resi pits and an outdoor patio also highlight the renovation. Parking was also added on the North end of the facility.
"Oklahoma's commitment to the Sam Viersen facility project enhances what is already an amazing experience for our student-athletes," said OU women's gymnastics head coach K.J. Kindler.
Along with the existing structure that bared its name, the Viersen Family Foundation provided an additional commitment to help fund the latest renovation.
"These renovations are going to increase our competitiveness and our ability to bring in the best and brightest student-athletes as we continue the run of championships both programs have had," said OU men's gymnastics head coach Mark Williams.
Along with the renovation that was completed in the spring of 2010, a new state-of-the-art team conference room was constructed and dedicated during the 2008 competition season.
Named after legendary Oklahoma women's gymnastics coach Becky Switzer, the meeting room provides a pioneering facility for team meetings, video review sessions and team building activities. Complete with a plasma TV, wood floors, custom cabinetry, custom gymnastics artwork and computer workstations, this addition provides an area for the team to unite.
One of only a handful of freestanding, co-ed college gyms in the country, the the Sam Viersen Gymnastics Center is located just north of the Lloyd Noble Center.