On August 8, the University of Redlands celebrated the groundbreaking of the Coach Jim Verdieck Tennis Center, an exciting step toward completing a modernized facility.
Featuring 12 lighted courts on a post-tension concrete playing surface, the new center will allow the Bulldog men’s and women’s tennis teams to compete simultaneously while also creating opportunities for the university to host regional and NCAA Championship tournaments on campus.
President Krista Newkirk spoke about the key role that Bulldog Athletics plays within the university community, particularly in recruiting future student-athletes. “Having state-of-the-art facilities like this clearly shows our prospective student-athletes how important we consider these programs in our students’ experiential learning,” Newkirk said. She also reflected on the legacy of the late Coach Jim Verdieck, for whom the center is named. “I am so proud that we are able to name this facility in honor of one of the best collegiate coaches of all time in our nation and a true leader in the history of the university.”
Verdieck’s many accomplishments include winning 15 national championships, 369 wins in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) with only 20 losses, and 24 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics championships in 26 years.
Several members of the Verdieck family were in attendance at the groundbreaking, including Randy Verdieck ’72, who also serves on the Tennis Campaign Leadership Committee. This volunteer group of alumni and friends has been instrumental in the project’s fundraising efforts, which are still ongoing. Leadership donors have named courts, on-court spectator viewing areas, and benches, with several naming opportunities still available for the project.
Kendall Bolock ’23, a leader on the Bulldog Women’s Tennis team, said she is thrilled to be able to play on the new courts during her senior year, adding, “It’s a rebirth for the program because new recruits will be able to enjoy our new facility as well.” —Jennifer
Posted: August 12, 2022