Muskingum Athletic Facilities
Welcome to the Muskingum University Athletic Facilities site.
In 1986, Muskingum proudly opened the doors of its new Recreation Center. Since then, students, faculty, staff, athletes and the New Concord community have utilized this 117,000 square-foot facility. Furthermore, Phase I of the renovation of the Rec Center was completed in August, 2007, and features the multi-million dollar Cooper Wing, a football locker complex, the Kalnow Center, a state-of-the-art athletic training center and state-of-the-art basketball locker rooms.
The beautiful Rec Center features a 2,500-seat varsity gymnasium; a 6,000 square-foot weight room that includes 15 half racks (each with 450 lbs.), 50 pairs of dumbbells, three ham-glute machines, two back stations, 13 jump/stretch/flex band stations; and a 1,100 square-foot cardiovascular fitness area that features treadmills, elliptical cross trainers, bikes and circuit training machines.
This elevator-equipped facility features racquetball courts; batting cages; an aerobics room; a lap pool; locker rooms for athletic and visiting teams, officials, faculty and students; seminar rooms; staff offices; a laundry room and an athletic training room. Additionally, the Recreation Center houses the John Glenn Gym Area. This portion of the facility encompasses one full-size basketball court, used extensively for varsity practices, intramurals and other recreation. The Performance Court is home for the Muskingum basketball teams. This varsity gymnasium features a pressbox equipped with utility lines, dual LED scoreboards, a state-of-the-art sound system and the Muskie Skybox, which overlooks the court.
Cooper Wing, Jones Player Lounge, Kalnow Center, and the Bixler Senior Locker Room
In 2007, Muskingum unveiled its new multi-million dollar Cooper Wing, a football locker complex, which features the Jones Players Lounge, the Bixler Senior Locker Room and the Kalnow Center, a state-of-the-art athletic training center in the Recreation Center/John Glenn Gymnasium athletic facility. The renovations put Muskingum student-athletes in one of the finest facilities in Division III in the nation.
The new 14,000 square-foot complex includes:
· Varsity football locker room
· Bixler Senior Locker Room
· Freshmen football locker center
· Meeting rooms for offense and defense
· Jones Players Lounge
· Multiple high definition televisions
· Video room
· Equipment issue room
· Taping rooms
· Modern rehabilitation facility
Performance Court is the home for the Muskingum University basketball, volleyball and wrestling teams.
This 2,500-set varsity gymnasium features a pressbox equipped with utility lines, dual LED scoreboards, a state-of-the-art sound system and the Muskie Skybox, which overlooks the court.
The entrance to the Performance Court features the Champions’ Atrium and the Muskingum University Athletic Hall of Fame. The Champions’ Atrium houses numerous championship trophies and awards captured throughout Muskingum’s proud athletic history. The Athletic Hall of Fame honors former Muskingum student-athletes for their accomplishments.
McConagha Stadium serves as the home for Fighting Muskie football and soccer teams.
The man responsible for the building of the stadium was George Cameron “Cam” McConagha. McConagha started the project in 1924 and finished it in 1925 for the start of the football season.
Prior to the 1998 season, the stadium was upgraded with lights, allowing the Fighting Muskies to play night games. In 2003, Muskingum completed Phase I of the planned stadium improvements, which features a new concession stand, new sections of aluminum seating, a new scoreboard, new restrooms, a larger walkway with landscaping at the top of the stadium, and painting of the concrete stands. In 2005, Phase II was completed with the installation of ProGrass Turf, an artificial surface with rubber inlay, on Sherman Field.
On October 4, 1986, Muskingum announced that the field in McConagha Stadium would be named The Edgar A. Sherman Field.
Over the course of his 34-year career, Mr. Sherman ('36) served as football coach, athletic director and as a member of the faculty. One of the most successful coaches in the history of college football, Mr. Sherman was the first Division III coach inducted into the National Football Foundation's College Hall of Fame. From 1967 to 1979, Mr. Sherman was a leading figure in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), serving as secretary and treasurer. He served as chairman of the committee that led the efforts to create the nationwide divisional structure - Divisions I, II, and III - within the NCAA.
Muskingum officially dedicated the ProGrass Turf on the Sherman Football Field on Saturday, October 15, 2005.
During a special pre-game ceremony, Muskingum President Anne C. Steele presided over the dedication and ribbon-cutting of the new ProGrass artificial surface on Sherman Field in McConagha Stadium. Through the help of some 55 alumni and friends, including many former football players, the turf project became reality. ProGrass Turf, an artificial surface with rubber inlay, was installed in the summer of 2005 to enhance the athletic facilities of the football program. The fundraising initiative for the project was started by Muskingum and spearheaded by former Muskie players from the early 1970s through the 1980s including Dan Plumly (1975), Jim Purdy (1985), John Romeo (1971), Joe Divittorio (1984) and Tim Palmer (1988).
Sherman Field’s state-of-the-art turf is an all-rubber system from ProGrass LLC (Pittsburgh), a leader in synthetic field design, manufacture and installation. The turf is built in several layers. A woven backing is tufted with 2-1/2” twisted green fibers made of polyethylene. This creates the turf carpet. A secondary backing, made of polyurethane, permanently locks the tufts into place. Infill, the last layer, is composed of recycled rubber granules that are installed on site.
Johnson Family Track
The Johnson Family Track, which was made possible by the generous donations of the family of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Johnson, is the home of the Muskie track & field teams.
The facility was renovated in the summer of 2012 with a state-of-the art Beynon BSS 300 track. The Beynon BSS 300 is a durable, all-weather, flood and chip sandwich system with excellent shock absorption and the highest return of energy. The Dual Durometer Sandwich system features a paved-in-place Polyurethane basemat, topped with a two-component seal coat and finished with a flow-applied layer of two-component Polyurethane and embedded texture.
In addition to the track facility, Muskingum boasts more than three miles of wooded and grass trails that are used for training and for home cross country meets.
Mose Morehead Field
Mose Morehead Field is the home of the Muskingum University baseball team.
Muskingum dedicated the facility in honor of Charles "Mose"Morehead during the 1987 season. Morehead coached the baseball team at Muskingum for 14 years and served as head of the college’s language department for 40 years.
The infield features crushed brick and is surrounded by lush Kentucky bluegrass. The facility is equipped with batting cages, ProGrass Turf bullpens, dugouts, utility lines, a new L.E.D. state-of-the-art scoreboard, a public address system, bleachers, an underground irrigation system, windscreening on the outfield fence, restrooms and a concession stand. In the spring of 2012, Muskingum dedicated its new state-of-the-art press box for Mose Morehead Field, which has greatly enhanced the game day experience for all fans. The project was made possible through generous donations from alumni, friends and supporters of the Muskingum baseball program.
Furthermore, a reason for excitement in the baseball program is the ProGrass Turf on Sherman Field in McConagha Stadium. This gives the Muskies a top-notch practice field to utilize when wet conditions prohibit play on their home field.
Donna J. Newberry Field
The Muskingum University softball team trains and competes in the finest facilities in the region.
The facility has hosted eight of the last 12 Ohio Athletic Conference Softball Tournaments and seven of the last 12 NCAA D-III Central Region Softball tournaments.
The facility features dugouts, equipment storage rooms, phone lines, high speed Internet access, a media/scorekeeping area, a public address system, an LED scoreboard, practice infield, bleacher seating area and a warning track.
With the exciting addition of Prograss Turf on Sherman Filed in McConagha Stadium, the softball program now has a state-of-the-art practice field to utilize when wet conditions prohibit play on their home field.
Muskie Field is a full-size 115 x 75 foot natural grass regulation field for competition and training. The complex also features two regulation size grass practice fields.
The game field is also equipped with an electronic scoreboard, public address system, concession stand, bleachers, underground irrigation system, shielded player dugouts, benches and a pressbox for media and game management officials.
Additional Athletic Facilities
The 225-acre campus is home to many other athletic entities in addition to the Recreation Center, including: McConagha Stadium, Sherman Field, Mose Morehead Field, Donna J. Newberry Field, Muskie Field, Johnson Family Track, a rolling hills cross country course, six tennis courts, athletic fields for varsity practice and intramural sports and walking trails.
Muskingum’s athletic resources extend beyond the university and into the surrounding communities. Through partnerships with the Zanesville Country Club, Cambridge Country Club, EagleSticks Golf Club and The Fieldhouse Sports and Wellness Center, Muskingum student-athletes have the opportunity to compete and practice at the finest facilities in southeastern Ohio.
The Zanesville Country Club and Cambridge Country Club both feature beautifully landscaped 18-hole championship courses with full clubhouses. EagleSticks Golf Club was honored in 1992 by Golf Digest as the nation’s second best new 18-hole daily fee golf course, and The Fieldhouse is nationally recognized as the most complete health, sports and fitness facility in southeastern Ohio. The facility is also listed as one of the top 100 facilities in the country.