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November 18, 2013
Stoffer Family Stadium: A Facility Some Athletes Will Use Year-Round
The view from the top of the bleachers.
We've talked at length about the fact we're bringing football back and that we're building a stadium to accommodate that return. What we also need to keep in mind is the fact this construction project will be a boon to our track and field program.
This week, I asked John Smith, our head track and field coach, what impact the stadium will have on the sport. Below is his response ...And here's an interesting fact: Between 20 and 25 of our football players are also track athletes, so they'll be taking advantage of this new facility year-round.
The new Stoffer Family Stadium is going to be a big boost to our facilities. Having covered stands for the fans and teams is a big plus in our spring track season. The artificial turf infield will provide a very clean look to the track, and it also provides us with a good alternative training surface to reduce impact/injuries. Drainage of the infield has always been a problem, so this will eliminate the drainage problems we have battled for the last couple decades.
In addition, this new facility definitely opens the door for us to host better meets. We can comfortably host more teams with the stadium seating and provide a venue that is top-notch. Another big impact is being able to have a more permanent press box from which to run the timing system and meet administration. We will be hosting the Northwest Conference championships in the spring of 2015, so the project will be finished and ready to put on a great meet.
- John Smith
The bottom line is, your investment in this stadium project goes beyond football. It will greatly impact our track program as well. In the event you hadn't seen the latest progress on the stadium site, I'm including a few photos in this issue to give you an appreciation for the work being done.
A view of the stadium from inside the Duke Athletic Center.
Interior work on the Duke Athletic Center continues.
Get to Know the Coach: Special Teams Coordinator Ian Sanders
In this week's "Get to Know the Coach" feature, I'd like to introduce
Ian Sanders, who both played for and coached with head coach Chris Casey. He has been reunited with his former mentor and coaching associate as George Fox's special teams coordinator and linebackers coach.
Sanders, a native of Tigard, Ore., played free safety and corner for Whitworth University from 1996 to 2000 while Casey was an assistant coach at the school. He earned All-Northwest Conference Second Team honors in 1999 and was an All-NWC First Team selection in 2000 while leading the league in passes defended. He was named the NWC Defensive Player of the Week once that season. He was also selected as an All-Northwest Second Team member, which covers all teams in the NCAA Division II and III levels and the NAIA.
Sanders joined Coach Casey at Aloha High School from 2005 to 2012, serving as the special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach for eight years, defensive backs coach for seven, and linebackers coach for one. He position-coached 22 all-league players and three all-state players. He was a part of the Aloha staff that captured the Oregon Class 6A state championship in 2010.
A graduate of Whitworth with a bachelor of arts in sociology, Sanders and his wife Natalie have two children: Holden (9) and Sloan (6).
Almost all of the windows are now installed in the Duke Athletic Center, so the building is now dry inside. Sheetrock is continuing to be installed, as are many building systems. We are still on track to complete the building by early February.
The grandstands are complete other than electrical and data connections and the final work on sidewalks and landscaping.