Loyola AD hopes new practice facility will be completed “in the next couple of years”

Loyola hopes to have a new basketball practice facility within “the next couple of years,” athletic director Steve Watson said on the 1.Question podcast Wednesday. Watson revealed the school has started the process of working with an architect  to construct the new facility, which will be used for the men’s and women’s basketball teams, as well as for volleyball.

“That’s our key next step,” Watson said. “We’re in the preliminary stages of putting together some things for a practice facility, which is much needed. I think it will be a game changer for us once we get our practice facility constructed, built and on line.”

Watson also discussed the general trajectory of the men’s basketball program, which has improved greatly since joining the Missouri Valley Conference in 2013. After three straight losing seasons, the Ramblers broke through in 2014-15, finishing 24-13 and winning the CBI title. So far, they are 5-2 this season.

Loyola has not finished with a winning record in conference play since the 2006-07 season in the Horizon League. So it’s no surprise Watson told the 1.Question podcast he looks at other MVC programs to see what their athletic departments do to create success.

Watson also mentioned he also wants to model his men’s and women’s basketball programs after other Jesuit colleges and universities, such as Xavier and Georgetown.

“Those are schools that we also take a real close look at and from a facilities standpoint and how they’re funding their basketball programs because they’ve had great success and that’s where we want to be,” Watson said.

Once the practice facility for basketball and volleyball is complete, Watson plans to build an indoor fieldhouse for Loyola’s outdoor sports teams.

Listen to the full interview here:

Author: Jesse Kramer

Jesse Kramer is the founder of The Catch and Shoot. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He has had work featured on SI.com, College Insider, The Comeback/Awful Announcing, and 247Sports.

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