Feb. 12, 2000

NORMAN, Okla. - A $1 million pledge from University of Oklahoma alumnus Bob Coleman and his wife, Ann, of San Antonio, Texas, was announced today, as OU officially launched the private giving campaign for the expansion and renovation of Lloyd Noble Center.

The Colemans will be honored during a special halftime presentation at the OU-OSU men's basketball game. In recognition of their gift to Lloyd Noble Center, the Men's Basketball generations of OU basketball coaches, players and fans," said President David L. Boren. "The Complex in the new addition will be named in their honor.

"This is among the most significant gifts in the history of OU Athletics and it will benefit University is deeply grateful to Bob and Ann Coleman."

Bob Coleman also is serving as chairman of the Lloyd Noble Center Campaign, which is charged with raising $8 million in private gifts to match the $8 million already committed to the Lloyd Noble project by the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation in Ardmore.

OU Athletic Director Joe Castiglione pointed out that Bob Coleman is exceptionally well qualified to lead OU's campaign because of his extensive experience in the sports world. Coleman is the former president and CEO of the San Antonio Spurs, a member of the NBA Board of Governors, and chairman of the San Antonio Sports Foundation.

Coleman also was a co-chair for the successful campaign to build the Alamodome in San Antonio, which opened in 1993, and has been a leader since that time in attracting national and international events to the Alamodome and San Antonio. These include the 1993 Olympic Festival, the NCAA Final Four and regional tournaments, and the Big Twelve Football Championship.

"The University of Oklahoma is extremely fortunate to have Bob Coleman leading the campaign and to have the generous support that Bob and Ann are providing with their $1 million gift," said Castiglione. (more)

The Colemans own San Antonio-based Texace Corporation, the leading manufacturer of quality golf hats, caps and visors. Bob Coleman earned a bachelor of business administration degree from OU in 1957 and was honored by the University in 1992 with the Regents Alumni Award. He and Ann have supported a number of OU programs over the years, including the Bob and Ann Coleman Leadership Student Fellowship, the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Course, and the renovation of Boyd House.

Bob Coleman said the admiration he and Ann have for the achievements of OU men's basketball coach Kelvin Sampson and women's basketball coach Sherri Coale and their staffs inspired them to make this gift to the Lloyd Noble Center.

"I think we have the two finest basketball coaching staffs in the nation, and the job they are doing is all the more outstanding because they are competing with schools that have facilities far superior to ours," said Coleman. "It's really exciting to think about what Kelvin and Sherri and their staffs will be able to achieve once we get them in this new facility."

The Lloyd Noble Center addition and renovation project, to be completed in time for the 2001 Basketball season, is designed to give OU Basketball one of the best facilities in the country with:

, Regulation-size practice courts for each team.
, New team facilities, including weight, training, locker and meeting rooms.
, New offices and facilities for the coaching staffs.
, A Legacy Court area, where the history of Sooner basketball will be celebrated for OU fans. The renovation also will modernize and enhance the existing arena, giving OU basketball fans and those who come to Lloyd Noble for concerts and other attractions higher quality sound, more restrooms, more concession areas, more top-quality seating, and the capacity for state-of-the-art productions.

Other members of the Lloyd Noble Center Campaign committee, which is still being formed, are Tom Clark, Tulsa, OU Regents Chairman Dr. Donald Halverstadt, Oklahoma City, Pete Klentos, Wewoka, Nick Noble, Oklahoma City, and James K. Anderson, Mike Ayres, Mike Elmore, Stan Grossman, Dr. Carl Hook, Rick Rountree, D. Wayne Trousdale, and Robert Earl Young, all of Norman.