St. John’s Athletic Facilities Improvement Update

April 15, 2016  
QUEENS, N.Y. – Over the last six months, St. John’s has completed three major athletic facility projects with more planned as the University seeks to enrich the student-athlete experience. This initial round of enhancements featured upgrades to the varsity strength & conditioning room, a state-of-the-art indoor golf facility and a redesign of Taffner Fieldhouse, the home of St. John’s men’s and women’s basketball programs.
 
“Our student-athletes are at the forefront of our vision as we continue to advance our athletic facilities and provide resources that will empower their athletic, academic and personal successes,” said Interim Athletic Director and General Counsel Joseph Oliva, Esq. “Shaping their St. John's experience is our central focus. These upgrades are the initial phase of improvement projects that will benefit student-athlete development.”
 
St. John’s unveiled a new-look to the interior of Taffner Fieldhouse in November, giving the 43,000 square-foot practice facility a modern, museum-styled design that celebrates the rich tradition of St. John’s basketball. The two-floor renovation includes informational displays that honor the program’s history and pay tribute to the decorated careers of former players and coaches.
 
In addition, the men’s and women’s basketball locker rooms received substantial upgrades, such as new flooring, personalized lockers, team-specific designs and video technology. The media room, weight room and corridors leading into Carnesecca Arena were rebranded to more prominently display St. John’s visual identity.
 
“We are proud of the Taffner Fieldhouse updates which bring our basketball heritage to life,” said Senior Associate Athletics Director John Diffley. “It is important to celebrate the rich history and tradition associated with our programs through a strategic design that honors the past and present.”
Renovations inside the varsity strength and conditioning room were completed in January. Serving nearly 300 student-athletes, the modernized space located on the lower level of Carnesecca Arena was recreated to improve flow and functionality for individual and team workouts. Customized flooring created by Plae, an industry leader in athletic training and performance equipment, was installed throughout the 3,300 square-foot training center.
 
Additionally, new equipment was added to the facility, including six multifunctional Keiser training machines, which are utilized for a range of exercises from sports-specific applications to rehabilitation. The strength and conditioning area also features a student-athlete fueling station fully stocked with a variety of nutritional supplements and beverage options.
 
“The new open layout within our strength and conditioning room can better support a high volume of daily activity,” said Diffley. “And with new resources in place our talented sports performance staff is equipped to provide an even higher level of service to our student-athletes.”
 
This past month, St. John’s officially opened a brand new indoor golf training center inside Carnesecca Arena. The facility features a custom putting green, indoor driving range and a swing video analysis center powered by V1 Swing Analysis and SAM PuttLab technology.
 
The room is furnished with four hitting stations, three cameras used for video analysis and areas for chipping and putting with training aides such as the SAM PuttLab, which uses sports motion analysis and digital media technology to give golfers precise feedback on distance and spin of shots.
 
“We think we’ve done something special here in creating a dedicated space for our men’s and women’s golf teams,” said Oliva before a crowded room filled with alumni, supporters and administrators at the ribbon cutting ceremony on March 31.
 
For more information on how you can help support future initiatives, please contact Kevin Barry, Director of Athletic Development at (718) 990-6147 or barryk1@stjohns.edu. To make a gift online, please visit www.stjohns.edu/giveathletics.
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