Pfeiffer teams relocate thanks to family’s gift

Published 2:22 pm Tuesday, March 12, 2024

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The Pfeiffer University cross country and track and field teams now have a permanent home thanks to the generosity of a gift from the J.F. Hurley Family.

The donation from the J.F. Hurley Family made it possible for the complete renovation of a former residence owned by Pfeiffer University on Gibson Lake Road into a space for the track and field coaching staff and student-athletes.

It currently is one of three former residences that have been renovated into office and usable student-athlete spaces. The Pfeiffer softball and baseball programs also benefit from their own space in former residences that have seen conversions.

The renovation included a complete makeover of the property, including upgrades to the mechanical systems, mold remediation and technology upgrades.

“This was a much-needed project that was funded by a very generous gift from the Hurley family,” Pfeiffer Vice President for Athletics and External Relations Jeff Childress said. “Our cross-country and track and field teams have grown the past year to over 50 student-athletes with several of those being commuter students. This space will give those student-athletes a place to go between classes and a place those teams can call home. This a win-win for Pfeiffer Athletics and our student-athletes. We are extremely appreciative of the Hurley family for making this project happen.”

The interior of the “track house” was completely renovated, with new areas created that will house offices for the Pfeiffer track and field coaching staff, a student-athlete lounge complete with furniture, flat screen televisions and ADA accessible restroom facilities.

On the exterior, a new ramp and front porch area along with the installation of new energy efficient windows were also completed. Spruced up landscaping and the addition of parking areas were created for staff and student-athletes as well as an outdoor living area complete with picnic tables, Adirondack chairs and a fire pit.

“We are thrilled that we now have a space of our own,” said head cross country and track and field coach Bob Marchinko. “This gives our student-athletes a place where they can relax and study as well as prepare in our training regimen.”

The project was completed by Stokes Construction of Albemarle.