La Roche's New Facility Boosts Programs College Sports

By Dunn, Jimmy | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA), August 14, 2014 | Go to article overview

La Roche's New Facility Boosts Programs College Sports


Dunn, Jimmy, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


Jim Tinkey, the athletic director at La Roche College for the past 18 years, has had a long-held desire to have a park-like setting encompass the school's athletic facilities.

He is about to see his idea come to fruition.

The catalyst is the new $2 million soccer complex that was completed this summer on the McCandless campus.

"We're a small college," Tinkey said. "Personally, I appreciate what's been done. It will add to our athletic program plus the all- purpose field will attract recruits both in soccer and lacrosse. The men's team is going into its fifth year.

"We hope to start a women's lacrosse program in 2015 or 2016."

Another affirmative evaluation comes from men's soccer coach David Day.

"I pinch myself as I walk on this surface, especially after the vagaries of playing on a grass field for too many years."

Day, 37, from Manchester, England, has coached the men's soccer team at La Roche for six years.

As the assistant dean of students for the past 10 years, he strongly believes that academics and athletics can coincide at the college level.

Miguel Lozano is the women's soccer coach who has been associated with the sport at La Roche for 20 years. At 62, this native of Madrid, Spain, still has a passion for the game.

"The turf will definitely help our play," he said. "It will also give us the opportunity to practice every day."

Miguel, who has been a one-man maintenance crew on the old grass field, watering, repairing divets along with other duties, has a different appreciation for the new turf. …

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