The carpeted floor of the gymnasium at Cleveland Community College is gone.
Over the past month, the college’s maintenance staff have been ripping up carpeting, removing glass panels, and removing everything but the stage at the end of the gymnasium. Work is underway as the college prepares to renovate its gymnasium to adequately support three new athletic programs.
In the 2023-24 year, the college will begin offering field volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball teams to its athletic offerings.
“We are in the process of renovating our current gymnasium so that it can accommodate these three teams,” said Chris Nanney, athletic director of Cleveland Community College. “It is now ready for us to begin installing a basketball court and bleachers as well as painting the lines for basketball and volleyball.”
During the summer, the college will begin soliciting bids for the construction of the gymnasium floor and bleachers. Nanney said the goal is to have the gymnasium built and ready by the fall.
“The reason we are pushing for this to happen soon is that we are in the process of hiring coaches for these sports. We want to put these coaches in place this summer and then they would have a year to recruit,” Nanney said. “Hopefully this fall, having finished the gymnasium, as they bring students to campus to recruit, they will have this gymnasium to show them.”
Also in 2023, the college will offer athletics events.
“It’s sort of an offshoot of our cross-country program in that it gives our fall cross-country athletes, most of whom are middle-distance runners, a place to hang out. train and compete in the spring”,
The college is creating a trail for cross country and track and field students to practice at the college’s North Campus on North Post Road. This trail is built by students from the school’s heavy equipment operator program.
The announced expansions are the latest in Cleveland Community College’s foray into varsity athletics. When the college announcement his intention to enter the world of junior collegiate athletics, he did so with a five-year plan to have multiple teams, including baseball and basketball, operating by 2024.
“We’re on schedule with what we originally planned,” Nanney said. “We’ve been really, really pleased with the success of our teams, and I think that’s encouraging as we continue to add to our teams. Our women’s cross country team were women’s champions. Our softball and baseball teams have made their regional tournament, baseball went second in their tournament.”
Dustin George can be reached at 704-669-3337 or [email protected]