I am a neighbor.
I am also the track and field coach at St. Ambrose, so I have more than a fair share of skin in the game when it comes to improving the athletic facilities at the St. Vincent property.
I purchased my home in the fall of 2010 because there was going to be a stadium built. Special circumstances, no doubt, but a career change wouldn’t mean an address change. I love my neighborhood and my neighbors.
The football stadium and track will be put on the property where St. Ambrose currently has a softball field and Rising Knights have their football games. Assumption also currently has varsity football and soccer practices on the land. To suggest that it is being built where there is no activity now is untrue.
In the 10 years since I graduated and started coaching, the one thing that costs SAU students is facilities. A graduating senior picks the best school for him or her, not only on academics but facilities as well.
St. Ambrose has many great students, but we are losing out on more due to athletic facilities that cannot match those of other, comparable schools. I no longer want to worry when a recruit comes to campus that they will ask, “So where do you practice?”
A stadium close to campus will put us back on equal footing in recruiting student-athletes, and also will give our non-athlete students a greater sense they are part of a true collegiate community.