COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State University women's volleyball program will move into the Covelli Center upon its completion as part of the new Ohio State Athletic District. This state-of-the-art facility will span over 100,000 square feet in total and include a locker room and coaching suite designed specifically for the women's volleyball program.
"The Big Ten is and has been the strongest conference for women's volleyball for years," Geoff Carlston, head coach, said. "The Covelli Center gives us the opportunity to be in the dialogue with the best recruits from the moment they step on campus. It also provides us with an incredible base for our women to call home."
Leading the way for a new arena was a generous $10 million donation made by the Covelli Family in the fall of 2012.
The 3,700 seat arena will serve as the training facility for both volleyball programs and competition site for fencing, gymnastics and wrestling. Women's Volleyball will benefit from up-to-date locker rooms, offices, training and treatment rooms.
"It's an intimate arena with under 4,000 seats that we will be able to sell out on a regular basis. Having state-of-the-art technology at our hands, a volleyball suite for our staff, as well as, an amazing locker room for our student-athletes are all very exciting."
Included within the arena on the concourse level is the public space which includes administrative offices, arena box office, concession area and catering space.
At Ohio State, the Department of Athletics' training and competitive facilities are its classrooms, wherein talented student-athletes hone their skills and reach their potential. Coaches prepare student-athletes for competition and success as students, athletes and citizens. Teams focus on winning, but winning transcends the final score of any game or grade point average. Winning is about succeeding in life.
A new master plan for the Athletic District has been created to build upon the stellar tradition of competitive success for which Ohio State has become widely recognized.
The Athletic District will consolidate the vast majority of practice and competitive facilities into a contiguous space. Doing so will provide student-athletes and their coaches the optimal training and competitive environments.
The Athletic District will be a win-win-win: for student-athletes, coaches, and for Ohio State.
"The facilities are crucial to our student-athlete's experience. It is their home away from home. It is the place they can come to and feel connected to the larger passion that is Ohio State. It's where our young women forge out and work towards their dreams and vision for who they want to become."
The Buckeyes are coming off their third consecutive trip to the NCAA Regionals and are one of 11 schools in the country to reach the 'Sweet 16' at least five times since 2010. Carlston owns an overall record of 336-139 (.707) during his time at Ohio University (2003-07) and OSU (2008-present).
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