Jan. 27, 2017
WASHINGTON - As the 2017 baseball season approaches, the Georgetown University baseball team has a brand new locker room to call home. The Hoyas moved into its new locker room in McDonough Arena when they returned to campus to begin the spring semester.
The opening of the Thompson Athletic Center this past fall provided locker rooms for the men's and women's basketball, lacrosse and soccer teams and opened up considerable space in McDonough Arena. The baseball team has now moved into the space previously used for the men's basketball locker room.
The renovations for the locker room were funded by an anonymous donation. The Hoyas' new space includes 35 new locker stalls with individual stools, sofas, armchairs, multiple televisions and a refrigerator. Along with the main locker area, the Hoyas also have an upstairs lounge that can be used for recreation, a study quiet area or watching film.
What They Are Saying ...
Head Coach Pete Wilk
"The locker room turned out even better than I thought it would," Georgetown Head Coach Pete Wilk said. "It's part lounge, part locker room, part study hall, part laboratory, but mostly, it's our new home. Our goal was to provide the student-athletes with a home - somewhere to gather to watch a game or play cards, talk about baseball or go upstairs and study quietly. We also have video capability upstairs on a TV that the coaching staff is looking forward to utilizing with the ultimate goal to make our student-athletes better both on the field and in the classroom.
"I love the pictures; the historical part of the room. Today's team can look up at the Hoyas of the past and actually put names and faces together with them in their playing days. Words cannot accurately express our gratitude towards the anonymous donor - a former Hoya baseball player. He has given this generation of Hoyas a home and something to be very proud of."
Senior Right-Handed Pitcher Simon Mathews
"One of the qualities that make Georgetown baseball so special is the people who have passed through here, had success and keep giving back in some way or another. That idea literally jumps off the walls of the new locker room. You can feel it, not only with the portraits of guys up on the wall, but the care and quality that went into every piece of equipment in that room. It's a home not just for the current team but for guys from past years to remain present in the program."
Senior Right-Handed Pitcher Nick Leonard
"Having such a high-quality, state-of-the-art locker room is great, but I think the biggest benefit I have seen from it is just the fact that it brings the whole team together. It definitely provides a home for us to all get closer that I have not had in my previous years here. It is a place to work on homework together, watch TV or just take a nap. It is the first time we can truly call a spot like this on campus our own and we are all so grateful for it.
"My favorite part of the new locker room are the pictures of notable alumni that surround the lockers and stairs to the lounge. It gives you real perspective on how strong the tradition of the program is, and truly makes you feel like you are a part of something much bigger than just your four years in a Hoya jersey. You get to see the tradition unfold over the years and see legends that are still talked about in the clubhouse, even if we didn't play with them personally. It has definitely sparked debates over who the best power hitter was, or what era had the coolest uniforms."
Senior Infielder Jake Kuzbel
"The new locker room is an incredible addition to the baseball program for our current team, and for the future teams. Personally, my favorite part is the panorama of the past Hoya baseball alums who made this experience possible for our team on the Hilltop. I want to thank the donors for their contributions and support, and want the alums to know that the team truly appreciates everything you do for the program."