Rowan athletic programs find permanent homes in renovated Team House

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Since the 1970s, the John Green Team House has served as the home for Rowan University’s athletic teams. But now, thanks to a $4.2 million renovation and expansion of the building on Carpenter Street, every team—and every student-athlete—has a space in the Team House to call their own.

Since the 1970s, the John Green Team House has served as the home for Rowan University’s athletic teams. But now, thanks to a $4.2 million renovation and expansion of the building on Carpenter Street, every team—and every student-athlete—has a space in the Team House to call their own.

“These are top facilities, first-class Division III facilities,” says Rowan Athletic Director and Men’s Soccer Coach Dan Gilmore. “Now, every team has its own locker room and every athlete has a permanent locker. Our training room has been expanded.

“Our coaches are excited about the renovation and about the future of our athletic programs. They love it.”

A ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the renovated and expanded Team House will be held Monday, Sept. 16, at 10 a.m. Rowan President Ali Houshmand, Gilmore, Vice President for Employee Relations/President’s Chief of Staff Robert Zazzalli, and Rowan senior Carlos Ruiz, co-chair of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, will speak at the ceremony.

After the ribbon cutting, Rowan athletes will lead visitors on tours of the building, which was built in 1971.

The renovation added 11,000 square feet to the building, providing space for locker rooms and shower and laundry facilities for the University’s football, soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, cross country, baseball and softball teams. The football team’s locker room includes 110 lockers, while the locker rooms for other sports include 30 lockers.

Esbjornson Gymnasium has been renovated to provide locker rooms for the men’s and women’s basketball teams.

Before the renovation, teams shared space in the Team House, rotating in and out according to season. The football team’s locker room space was split between three different spaces.

The Team House is named for the late John Green, who was seriously injured in the final football game of the 1977 season. He later succumbed to complications from his injury.

The renovations are getting rave reviews from student-athletes, according to Ruiz, a pitcher on the Profs’ baseball team.

“The Team House unites us in a place every team can call home,” says Ruiz, his team’s closer. “When a team has its own space, it helps build teamwork and camaraderie. We now have the nicest facilities of anyone in the New Jersey Athletic Conference.”

 

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