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Carver Strength Center
Carver Strength Center (Augustana Photo Bureau/Daisy Hoang '14)

Improvements planned for Carver Strength Center

Plans are in the works to refurbish the Strength Center in the Roy J. Carver Physical Education Center on campus. The project will benefit the entire athletics department—every varsity program and all of Augustana's 700 student-athletes will be impacted.

Mike Zapolski, director of athletics at Augustana, points out that the college is fortunate to have a large, dedicated space for student-athletes to be engaged in strength and conditioning activities, and the renovation will put the college's programs in the best position possible in a highly competitive conference.

Proposed features include:

• New equipment throughout the center

• Better use of space to accommodate more athletes 

• New weightroom-specific flooring  

• Spaces for warm up/cool down and agility training

• Blue and gold branding

Investment in athletics since 2004


Men’s lacrosse 2011-12

Women’s lacrosse 2011-12

Women’s bowling 2017-18

Men’s volleyball 2017-18

Augustana fields 25 varsity sports programs. 


Swanson Stadium/Brunner Field completed 2004

Carver Softball Field lights added 2004

Carver Strength Center added to Carver Center 2004

Carver Center improvements 2008
 (seating replaced, interior painted and scoreboard added)

Ericson Field scoreboard added 2008

Paul V. Olsen Track resurfaced 2008

Wrestling room expanded 2010

Thorson-Lucken Field completed 2011

FieldTurf field surface installed and long jump, triple jump and pole vault pits relocated at Knowlton Outdoor Athletic Complex 2012

Knowlton Outdoor Athletic Complex/Lindberg Stadium completed 2013 

Wrestling room expanded 2013

Lacrosse/soccer locker room spaces completed at PepsiCo Rec Center 2014 

Indoor golf practice space completed 2016


Full-time assistant baseball coach added 2004-05

Athletics recruiter added 2007-08 

Wrestling coaching position upgraded to full-time 2008-09

Part-time sports information position created 2009-10
 (upgraded to full-time in 2013-14)

Men’s lacrosse full-time coach hired 2010-11

Women’s lacrosse full-time coach hired 2010-11

Part-time assistant athletic trainer position created 2011-12 (upgraded to full-time in 2013-14)

Men’s golf part-time coach became stand-alone position 2011-12

Full-time assistant men’s cross country/track coach added 2012-13

Men’s, women’s swimming coaches upgraded to full-time 2014-15

Women’s bowling part-time coach hired 2016-17

Men’s volleyball full-time coach hired 2016-17

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