March 1, 2011
TUCSON - The University of Arizona Department of Intercollegiate Athletics dedicated the Cole and Jeannie Davis Strength and Conditioning Center Facility, in Richard Jefferson Gymnasium, on Mon., Feb. 28. The men's and women's basketball and volleyball teams will share use of the new training facility, helping to balance the scheduling of practices and study time, and were on hand for the dedication ceremony.
"I would really like to thank you, Cole and Jeannie (Davis)," head coach Niya Butts said during the dedication. "This is going to be a tremendous asset to our program, the men's program,the volleyball program and the university, as a whole. From our team we definitely want to thank you very very much. Anytime you two want to work out, I think you will have your own special key to the building."
The new addition to Richard Jefferson Gymnasium is approx. 7,000 square feet in combined space which includes both a strength area on the upper level, a cardio area on the lower level and office space for a strength coach and athletic trainer. Both are housed at the east end of Richard Jefferson Gym in what initially was unused space above, and storage space below. The strength and conditioning equipment is all top-of-the-line, unsurpassed in quality by any competitor institutions.
"We just want to say thank you on behalf of the women's basketball team for giving us this great facility," sophomore guard Davellyn Whyte said during the ceremony. "We have a facility now where we can work out right before practice or right after practice without distractions. Thank you again and we will continue to focus, work hard and get better."
The new Davis Strength and Conditioning Center in Jefferson Gymnasium was a $2.9 million capital project which also included the first major remodeling of the team's locker room since 1994 and other visual and graphical improvements in McKale Memorial Center. Head Coach Sean Miller and his wife, Amy, donated $250,000 to cover the remaining portion of the project cost.
The dedication of the facility comes from a leadership gift of $2.65 million dollars, the fourth largest in UA Athletics history, given by Tucsonans Cole and Jeannie Davis to the University of Arizona men's basketball program for facility upgrades at McKale Center and Richard Jefferson Gymnasium.