RIVERSIDE, CA — On Friday afternoon, California Baptist University made a huge jump in the world of NCAA Division I athletics.
California Baptist athletic director Dr. Micah Parker cut the ribbon of the new Athlete Performance Center
The Center features a 10,800 square foot weight room, the largest of the NCAA Division I non-football schools in California. The new weight room is quadruple the size of the previous strength and conditioning facility.
Inside the center also features a dedicated nutrition space, basketball practice facility, and a six-lane, 30-yard training area.
CBU dedicated its new Athletic Performance Center (APC) during a ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning. The APC features a 10,800-square-foot weight room, the largest of the NCAA Division I non-football institutions in California.
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“Our mission here is to honor Christ through excellence in athletics, and this facility is going to help us do that,” Director of Athletics Dr. Micah Parker said. “Over 450 athletes will work out in here two-to-three times a week. This is where winning records, conference championships, and memories will be created, not only for our university but for our community.”
With the Athlete Performance Center along with the CBU Events Center that opened in May 2017, California Baptist is showing they want to compete at the highest level. The 153,000 square foot basketball arena seats 5,050 spectators. It also has offices and conference rooms for department administration and basketball coaching staffs. Additionally there are locker rooms, team meeting areas, and space for sports medicine staff and equipment.
“This is an incredible classroom to teach real-life skills… things that really matter for our student-athletes moving forward as they pursue success,” Men’s Basketball Coach Rick Croy said. “This room, this facility is about building confidence. I know for myself as an athlete, I gained confidence in here before I ever performed well on the court or on the field. There is a measurable success that can be achieved here.”
California Baptist finished 16-15 overall and 7-9 in WAC play as a first-year NCAA Division I member. In addition, Croy and the Lancers lost 56-55 to Loyola Marymount in the first round of the CBI.
On the women’s size, California Baptist finished 18-12 overall and 11-5 in WAC play. The Lady Lancers lost 91-79 to Pepperdine in the first round of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament.