BRISTOL, Tenn. – Last fall the King University men's soccer team completed phase one of upgrades to their locker room, thanks to the generous support of alumni from the 1987 team. Phase one upgrades included remodeling the space to create three distinct social, dressing and meeting spaces, as well as storage racks for shoes.
"I would like to thank the 1987 King men's soccer team for their leadership and generosity in making this dream a reality," head coach Richie Rose said. "Following their induction into the King Athletics Hall of Fame, the team of 1987 recognized our need to improve the facilities and took action."
RedPoint, LLC led by King soccer alum Ben Ferguson '08, served as the general contractor for the renovation project. They worked closely with Todd Thomas, head of King's facilities services department, to ensure the project met all code and institutional requirements and needs.
"The locker room environment is now both practical and aesthetic. Improving the facilities at King is essential in attracting new students and student-athletes. I would like to encourage more alumni to follow this leadership example and take action to enhance the experience of our student-athletes."
Additional upgrades include new flooring, as well as graphics and artwork for the walls. The artwork was designed and installed by Mycroft Signs and King alumnus Tyler Stampler '15. All the funds have now been secured from the 1987 team in order to complete the whole project.
"In the next few months, we will complete the refurbishment of the shower area, add a legacy wall to the artwork and install new lockers," Rose continued. "The team of 1987 has honored the King men's soccer program on the field and is now paying it forward with their financial commitment to the program."
"Coach Rose has made alumni engagement a core principle of our soccer program since he arrived in 2017," said director of athletics David Hicks. "He also recognized the need to improve our facilities, and our alumni stepped up and delivered. This project has been a collaborative effort with Todd Thomas and our facilities services staff as well, and without them, the project would not have been possible. It has been a true team effort."
The 1987 Men's Soccer team was inducted into the King Athletics Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2018. Coached by Nathan Pifer, the Tornado finished the 1987 season with a 16-4 record and became one of two teams to with an Area 7 title and qualify for the NAIA National Championships.
"The memories that our team created together during our special season have lasted our entire lives," said Griff Shuler, member of the 1987 team. "King is truly a special place. We are honored to be able to make a distinctive impact on the soccer program by giving back. We have really enjoyed getting to know Coach Rose and the players on the team, and we appreciate his leadership. We hope the team of 1987 locker room will be enjoyed well into the future."