BATON ROUGE – LSU broke ground Tuesday on a state-of-the-art training and practice facility for the gymnastics program that is scheduled for completion in 2015.
The practice facility will offer a new team locker room, squad room and lounge, training room, light cardio workout room and a video room among other amenities.
Joining head coach D-D Breaux, her coaching staff and members of the gymnastics team in attendance for the historic event were Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva along with President and Chancellor Dr. F. King Alexander. They were joined by General Ron Richard, Rick Perry and members of the Tiger Athletic Foundation (TAF) Board of Directors and LSU Board of Supervisors. Also in attendance were former chancellor Dr. Paul Murrill and former LSU Board of Supervisor member Laura Leech.
“I think the most important thing that we try to do is strive for excellence,” said Alleva said. “D-D’s program has been excellent for years and years and years. We’re building this facility for our outstanding student-athletes that are going to take advantage of it. Our gymnastics program is outstanding in the classroom, in the community and in competition. I’m thrilled today to be able to break ground and get this project rolling for our student-athletes. To me, that is what it is really all about. D-D has been here for 37 years and has 650 wins. It was just so evident to me the passion she has for what she does and her competitive spirit. I really admire D-D for her passion and her competitive spirit. It hasn’t wavered one bit in 37 years.”
The facility also will feature several vault, bars and beam apparatuses as well as a full-size floor exercise area that provides a safe and effective training environment for the gymnasts.
“This facility represents decades of commitment and hard work,” Breaux said. “It is a dedication to LSU Athletics. Our commitment is excellence to this great university that has done so much for so many people. My staff and I are so excited to announce the ground breaking today, and the beginning of what we think is something that is going to be extremely special. Thank you to the generous donors who made this project happen. We are here because you care and because this facility matters to you. I have said all along that we want a safe training environment and a great place to train. It will be without a shadow of a doubt the finest gymnastics-training center in the country.”
LSU is coming off its finest season in 2014 in which the Tigers placed third at the NCAA Championships, the highest finish in school history.
In addition, rising senior Rheagan Courville captured her second-straight NCAA vault national title, giving LSU 10 individual national titles in its illustrious history.
With the addition of the new practice facility, LSU will continue to build upon a championship-style legacy that has grown in recent years as the Tigers have advanced to the NCAA Super Six in four of the last seven seasons, captured six NCAA Regional titles in the last 11 seasons and won nine individual national titles over the past 13 seasons.
LSU returns 11 letterwinners from last season’s outstanding squad, including seven All-Americans in Courville, Sydney Ewing, Ashleigh Gnat, Lloimincia Hall, Jessie Jordan, Jessica Savona and Randii Wyrick.
Deposits are now available for 2015 season tickets at a cost of $25 for adults and $15 for youth ages 3-12. Fans can purchase season tickets by visiting http://lsul.su/15gymtix.