St. Joseph’s College prepares for a new athletic facility
by Jason Cohen
Jan 29, 2014 | 542 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Athletic Director Frank Carbone in front of the new building.
Athletic Director Frank Carbone in front of the new building.
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New athletic facility at St. Joseph's College
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When Frank Carbone started as athletic director 17 years ago at St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn, there were only 30 student athletes. Today, the athletic department has quadrupled in size, with 160 athletes and is now a member of the NCAA Division III.

The school has 13 Division III men’s and women’s teams, including baseball, basketball, cross-country, soccer, tennis, volleyball, swimming, softball, step and wrestling.

The Lady Bears made school history in 2012, becoming the first team to make the DIII tournament and in 2013, the men’s baseball team had its first 20-win season and received a bid to participate in the USCAA Small College World Series.

As enrollment and involvement in athletics grew, so did the need for a new facility. Currently, there is a very old gym on campus with a fitness center and an office for Carbone. Therefore, the majority of practices and games take place at other high schools and colleges.

“When I first started, this was sufficient,” Carbone said.

For the past decade, Carbone, his staff and the administration have spoken about constructing a new athletic facility. After several meetings, looking at other schools and hiring an architect, they broke ground in May 2012 on a $15 million, 26,000-square-foot facility that will open in May.

Carbone said that while they developed great relationships with the schools they rented gyms from, it was always a goal of his to create a new facility at St. Joseph’s. After receiving a bond from the city and full support from the community, construction began.

“We took advice from everybody,” he said. “The community played a big part in it.”

The initial projection for completion of the building was18-24 months, and it is right on schedule. There will be parking garage, locker rooms for visiting and home teams, a fitness room, space for yoga, dance and wrestling, and a terrace on the roof for relaxing. It will be open 24/7 to all St. Joseph's students.

“You don’t realize what it really takes to put something like this together until you live the experience,” Carbone said. “We tried to do a lot with the space, but not totally athletics.”

Carbone is pleased that he was able to get everything he wanted in the facility.

“We went from the outhouse to the penthouse” he said. “All of the athletes are very excited for the new facility.”

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