Oct. 22, 2005
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Harry A. Green Indoor Rowing Facility was dedicated in the McCarthey Athletic Center on Saturday night, giving Gonzaga University one of the most state-of-the-art indoor training facilities on the West Coast.
The 5,225-square foot facility, located off the main court on the north side of the McCarthey Athletic Center, will house more than fifty rowing machines, a multi-purpose area consisting of weight equipment and additional rowing machines, a team room and an auxiliary coaching office and work area. In addition, the facility contains three HD plasma televisions that are integrated into a computerized rowing program that allows student-athletes to compete with each other as a team.
"Harry has been a longtime booster of the Gonzaga rowing program," Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth said. "When we designed the McCarthey Athletic Center we incorporated an area that we could finish into an indoor rowing facility. Through the lead effort of Harry and in conjunction with other generous rowing boosters we were able to provide the area that was dedicated tonight."
"For a school our size, we have probably one of the best - if not the best - off-water training facility in the country," said Dan Gehn, director of rowing and head men's coach. "This facility will help us develop talent and foster success for our programs. Our student-athletes can look to this facility with great pride."
Gonzaga's men's and women's teams have enjoyed great success in recent years. The Bulldog women have won eight straight West Coast Conference rowing titles - the only school to capture the championship since its inception. The Bulldog men and women have consistently placed high at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) championships as well as capturing titles and placing high at various championships at the national level. Bulldog student-athletes have also been recognized for their athletic and academic prowess at the regional and national level.
"This can only make both programs better," said Glenn Putyrae, head women's coach. "In the past 20 years Gonzaga rowing has grown from a club sport to a Division I program that is respected throughout the United States. This facility helps us to continue to build on what is already a strong rowing tradition - both athletically and academically."
A lot of people have helped make that transition possible.
"I think if you look around this weekend you'll see a lot of people who didn't have what we dedicated today but played a big role in helping Gonzaga's rowing program grow to where it is today," Gehn said of the alumni in attendance. "I wish I could personally thank every student-athlete who has been a part of the transition over the past 20 years. While they weren't here to reap the benefits of something like the Harry A. Green Indoor Rowing Facility, they got the program to where we needed something like this to continue to build upon the tradition of Gonzaga rowing that they started. Glenn and I, as well as every member of this year's team, give them a big thank you. It's been great to see so many of them return to campus this weekend."
Green was presented with a Gonzaga rowing jacket, a commemorative plaque and a personalized oar blade thanking him for his contributions.
Other major contributors presented personalized commemorative oar blades were Murray and Leslie Huppin, Michael M. Paine, Howard and Amy Ruddell and Edward Van Vliet.
But the weekend isn't finished. The Bulldogs will hold a boat christening and conduct their annual Class Day Races beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Gonzaga boathouse.
"This is an exciting weekend for the program," Roth said. "It's something we won't forget. Our gratitude is extended to everyone who helped make this facility and this weekend a reality, especially to Harry for assuming the lead role in this indoor training facility project."