The Julius W. Abernethy Physical Education Center, home of the Catawba men's and women's basketball teams, is one of the finest on-campus athletic facilities in the state of North Carolina. The building has a seating capacity of 3,500 for basketball, and has a value of about $5 million. The facility is home to the Athletic and Physical education offices and is used extensively for intercollegiate volleyball, student activities, civic events, concerts and various athletic camps during the summer months.
It was named after the late Julius W. Abernethy of Newton, N.C., and was dedicated on September 26, 1970.
The Goodman Gymnasium is named in honor of Enoch A. Goodman of Salisbury.
Johnson Pool Johnson Pool has been home to Catawba swimming since 1993, when the women’s program began. The men started competition in 2006. It was built in 1970 for recreational swimming as part of the Abernathy Physical Education Center.
The pool has seating for 100 fans and has dimensions in yards of 25x20x4. Catawba hosts the annual Halloween Boo Bash Relays at Johnson Pool.
The facility was named in honor of Allen Johnson, Jr. Johnson was a business leader in the Rowan County area and former All-American athlete at Duke University.
Seating over 3,000 persons for intercollegiate basketball (Goodman Gymnasium)
Converts to three full-size basketball courts for intramural play
The ground breaking on the new field house was held in fall of 2000 and was dedicated in early 2002. The 26,000-square-foot building now serves as a dressing facility for six teams, serving 250 student athletes. It also includes a weight room and athletic training/ therapy room. A 20,000-gallon storage tank with a pumphouse on top was sank into the ground near the fieldhouse in 2007. Runoff water from the geothermal system that heats and cools the fieldhouse provides irrigation to all of the college's sports fields.
The field house is located on property adjacent to the Shuford Football Stadium and Rowan Partnership for Children. It contains dressing rooms for men's and women's soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, football, and women's softball, as well as meeting and classroom space, offices for coaches, and a strength training room.
The $3 million Mariam and Robert Hayes Athletic Field House is located on property adjacent to the Shuford Football Stadium.
Completed in 2002, it contains dressing rooms for men and women's soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, football, and women's softball, as well as meeting and classroom space, offices for coaches, a rehabilitation area and a strength training room.
Shuford Stadium has been the home to the Catawba Indians football team since the College relocated to Salisbury in 1925 and played host to a CSTV (CBS College) nationally broadcast game on September 27, 2007 against Mars Hill. In 1999, the field was named after legendary Tribe coach Gordon Kirkland. The new stadium has a seating capacity of 4,000 and can accommodate up to 5,000 spectators.
Prior to the latest reconstruction for the beginning of the 2003 season, the last major renovation to the stadium was the original Hurley Press Box facility that was built in the early 1970s. The Hurley Press Box is a four-level facility. The bottom level consists of two sets of men’s and women’s restrooms and two concession areas. The second floor is currently used for storage, while the third floor is the Wurster President’s Box which can seat 49 people. The top floor has areas for two radio broadcasts, booths for both home and visiting coaches and filming, as well as the main media area.
Nearly 300,000 bricks were used in the new construction of the press box and the outside wall. The new renovation also includes concessions and rest rooms on the visiting side of the facility. The new tiff-bermuda grass playing surface was installed by Course Crafters of Gainesville, GA. The new track, named for Irwin Belk, now runs in front of both the home and visiting stands. Stadium lights were added in 2006.
Newman Park has been home to the Catawba College Indians since 1926, with the grandstand being erected in 1934. The picturesque ballpark, which seats approximately 2,500 fans, is the third oldest in the state of North Carolina that is still in operation.
In 2001, Catawba led NCAA II in attendance with an average of 435 fans per home date. Catawba has posted an 834-405 record at home, a winning percentage of 67.3%.
Recent improvements at the park include the new press box and concession stand that was erected in 1996. That summer, the ballpark was the site of the American Legion Southeast Regional. After the 2001 season, a new covered batting cage was constructed and the slope along the right field foul area was removed and a wall was erected. Prior to the start of the 2003 season, the slope along the left field was removed and a new 18-foot outfield wall was erected in 2004.
Newman Park has been the host for the South Atlantic Conference Tournament on seven occasions. Rowan County’s successful American Legion program also plays its home games at Newman Park, hosting the 2002 North Carolina State Tournament.
Frock Athletic Complex (Multi-Sport Competition and Practice) 2257 Robin Rd.
Frock Fields, a complex of fields containing areas for softball, men's and women's soccer competition
and practice, and football practice, is named for the late E.B. Frock of Hanover, Pa., a 1933 graduate of Catawba and former trustee.
E.B. Frock Field
E. B. Frock Field is home to Catawba men's and women's soccer programs. The men have played on the field since 1985 and the women since their inception in 1990. The men posted a 19-match home winning streak from 1990-91 and the women once won 22 straight from 2006-09.
Frock Field was the site of five NAIA District 26 Championship matches and a pair of NAIA Area 8 playoffs. Catawba went 4-1 in the district finals at home. Catawba has also hosted a pair of South Atlantic Conference men's tournaments and two SAC women's tournaments.
Seating capacity for Frock Field is around 500, but can accommodate ample standing room space. The largest crowd to see a Catawba home soccer match came on October 15, 1986 when the Indians hosted the University of North Carolina in front of an estimated 1,000 spectators. UNC won the match 2-0.
In 2014, a new and improved soccer stadium was completed, featuring new bleachers with better views and handicapped access and seating, new sidewalks, new team bench areas, a new scoreboard, and a new, second level press box with wi-fi access for sports information staff. Other improvements include new fencing and a new windscreen with custom graphics, as well as a brick patio area that can display commemorative bricks to honor alumni and friends.
Whitley Field, home of the Catawba softball team, is named after longtime head coach Nan Whitley. It has been the location for Catawba since it moved to fast pitch for the 1990 season and for the final three years of slow pitch.
The dimensions are 200 feet from the left field line to the right field line with a fence height of eight feet. Several improvements have been made over the years, including a small press box, visiting bull pen area and a covered and lighted batting cage.
Whitley Field has been the site of several conference championships, including six straight years of the Spring Sports Festival from 1995-2000. Catawba also hosted the SAC Tournament in 2006 and will be the site for the 2013 championships. Whitley Field was also used as the practice facility for the WPSL’s Carolina Diamonds in 2012.
The Catawba Tennis Center has been home to the Catawba Indians since 1987. It was named in honor of Allen Johnson, Jr. Johnson was a business leader and former All-America athlete. The complex is comprised of six courts, which is divided into three two-court sections, and is lighted for night play.
The courts have served as site of several conference championships during the South Atlantic Conference Spring Sports Festival in the 1990s. It also serves as a site for high school conference and regional championships.
Athletic Training Facilities
The outstanding facilities for Athletic Training include:
Lamar Dorton Athletic Training Room (Hayes Field House)
The Lamar Dorton athletic training room is located in the Miriam and Robert Hayes Field House, which was completed in 2002. Football, M/W soccer, M/W lacrosse and softball use this facility to provide the medical care for these six Catawba sports. Also located in the Hayes Field House includes coaches offices, meeting and classrooms, locker rooms and a weight room.
Athletes receive injury prevention, assessment, management and rehabilitation here. There are eight treatment tables and 5 taping tables available. The facility provides state-of-the art modality treatment, which includes ultrasound, electrical stimulation, diathermy, cold laser and a hydrotherapy room for hot or cold whirlpools. In addition, a portion of the facility is equipped with rehabilitation equipment such as a stationary bike, stair stepper, physioballs and free weights. A separate room is designated for the Biodex machine, which performs isokinetic muscle testing. Also included is the head athletic trainer’s office and a private physician’s exam room.
John D. Coble Athletic Training Room (Abernethy Physical Education Center)
The John D Coble athletic training room is located on the bottom floor of the Abernathy physical education building and provides the medical care for 13 of Catawba's 19 sports. Prior to 2002, when the Hayes Field House was completed, all athletic teams used this facility. Over the past 40 years, the athletic training room has been expanded and improved to its current size of 925 square feet.
Athletes receive injury prevention, assessment, management and rehabilitation here. There are 7 treatment tables and 3 taping tables available. The facility provides state-of-the art modality treatment, which includes ultrasound, electrical stimulation, diathermy and a hydrotherapy room for hot or cold whirlpools. In addition, a portion of the facility is equipped with rehabilitation equipment such as a stationary bike, elliptical, stair stepper, Biodex total body gym, physioballs and free weights. Also included are two athletic trainer offices and a private Doctors exam room.