New facility provides more for student athletes, room for growth
Mark Friedel Staff Reporter
Catoosa Head Football Coach Aaron Meier gave a tour Wednesday of the high school’s recently completed student athletic center.
Now in his fifth year with Catoosa High School, Meier said there is no doubt that the team’s success during the past four seasons was a major contributor for the construction of the new facility.
“For the district to bring in something like this, it takes the community to get involved. I believe the success of our athletic teams created some motivation for everyone to get on board,” Meier said. “As Catoosa moves forward, bond issues are going to come up. For our kids to have nice things, some sacrifices need to be made and I think people are getting excited about what Catoosa can now offer students.”
In the past four seasons, Meier has totaled a 34-14 record with a district championship in 2011. During that time the Indians have reached the Class 4A playoffs every season and have made it to the semifinals twice.
Meier said the athletic center will now provide constant training for athletes to be successful.
The CAC includes a weight room, indoor running track, space for treadmills and elliptical machines, coaches offices, meeting room, laundry room and athletic training room. There are also concessions and restrooms on each end of the building.
“The building was designed for our teams to grow, but also for the future of the school as it grows,” he said. “I think that’s something that will happen. As the community grows so will the school.”
Even though the CAC sits behind the north endzone, Meier said the center is not a football facility and is designed for all athletes and coaches.
“It’s the farthest thing from a football facility. There is a football locker room, but during track runners will use the space along with others who are lifting or working out.”