Feb. 13, 2009
The Baylor University Board of Regents announced a significant naming gift from Baylor alumni Ted and Sue Getterman of Waco, Texas, for the Getterman Softball Practice Facility, during its Feb. 12-13 meetings which concluded Friday in Waco. In addition, Regents approved the renovation of the Baylor Tennis Center building.
Construction on the two athletics projects approved today by the board will begin in May.
The Getterman Softball Practice Facility will be constructed adjacent to Getterman Stadium, which the Gettermans made possible in 2001 with the largest gift to women's athletics in Baylor history. With the addition of the Getterman Softball Practice Facility, the Gettermans generously affirm their commitment to women's athletics at Baylor.
"The Gettermans are special friends of Baylor athletics and among our most generous supporters," said Ian McCaw, Baylor's director of athletics. "We are excited that this wonderful gift of an indoor training building will further enhance Getterman Stadium, the nation's finest softball facility."
"We extend our deepest thanks to Ted and Sue Getterman for their wonderful, real life example of servant-leadership, and for their desire to see women's athletics prosper, especially Baylor softball," said Dr. David E. Garland, Baylor's interim president and dean of George W. Truett Theological Seminary. "Their dedication to Baylor and to our students is an inspiration to all of us."
The Getterman Softball Practice Facility, a multi-purpose training facility, will feature retractable batting cages, pitching areas and other player development resources that will continue to help shape the Baylor softball program into a premier program in women's collegiate athletics.
"Because of the generosity of Ted and Sue Getterman, the top softball facility in the nation is getting better. We are moving the bar even higher with this generous gift," said Glenn Moore, Baylor's head softball coach. "This facility gives our athletes the opportunity to train year-round, both defensively and offensively. No program in the country will have better training facilities than the Baylor student-athletes will have, thanks to Ted and Sue Getterman."
The Baylor Tennis Center building project will include major renovations to the men's and women's locker rooms and lounges, the visitor's locker room and the video room, as well as other renovations to coaches' offices and the building foyer.
The new facilities represent the latest examples of Baylor's continued forward momentum in strengthening its leadership position as a top Christian university, said Dr. Howard K. Batson, chair of the Baylor Board of Regents.
"Even as we face a very difficult economy, regents heard multiple reports this week that demonstrate that Baylor is continuing to make remarkable progress on multiple fronts. We are optimistic about our future and have every reason to believe that Baylor's upward trajectory will continue," Batson said.