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Packard Athletic Center, which will be opening later this summer, is named for legendary coach and teacher Bob Packard '65.

Luxurious locker facilities are part of the Packard Athletic Center.

Honoring Coach Bob Packard '65...One Locker at a Time

As the Robert Packard Athletic Center nears completion this summer with its exceptional training facilities for BW students, more and more alumni and friends are choosing to honor this legendary coach and teacher by helping to underwrite small parts of the complex…particularly a locker.

“Former players and students of Coach Packard have told us that they would like to be part of this opportunity to honor Bob and enhance our athletic facilities,” said Bill Spiker, vice president for advancement. “And for many of them, they are choosing to sponsor a locker that will serve future generations of student-athletes in their sport.”

Touching Lives Across the Campus

The former training headquarters of the Cleveland Browns—and later, Bagley residence hall—has been renovated and expanded as offices for football and lacrosse as well as a new weight room, a large three-section meeting room, conference rooms, training and rehab rooms, players' lounge, football locker room, equipment room and laundry room. 

As part of the Packard Center project, an $800,000 investment is providing permanent locker, shower and training areas for women and men's soccer, track and lacrosse in George Finnie Stadium. Both projects also will ease the pressure on the workout and conditioning facilities in the Lou Higgins Center.

“Gifts of $1,000, payable over two years, will be recognized with a plaque on a locker. The plaque will carry the donor’s name and the name of a family member, teammate, coach or other person the donor would like to honor,” added Spiker. “The recognition is as individual as the benefactor, but the motivation is focused toward honoring Coach Packard and the impact he had.”

Dedicated Coach, Teacher, Mentor

As a football coach, Bob Packard’s teams went 156-54-2, including six Ohio Athletic Conference Championships and two trips to NCAA post-season competition. Overall, he was part of nine OAC title teams, five NCAA appearances and the 1978 Division III national championship. 

But as the BW Board of Trustees noted while approving the name for the new facility, "more important than his career statistics was the impact Bob Packard had on those around him. An outstanding teacher and tireless worker, he devoted countless hours to the development of his team of players and his students throughout a career marked by honesty, integrity, care and compassion."    

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Posted May 2013

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