Change can be a good thing, or a bad thing. But for Glenville State College, change is a welcomed necessity.
"The excitement level at Glenville State is through the roof. With the new upgrades we have to our football facility and now to the Waco Center, and it's just going all throughout the community. People are excited. The fans are excited. Our players are excited and the recruits for next year are excited. Everybody is excited," Glenville State Men's Basketball Head Coach Stephen Dye said.
The Jesse R. Lilly Gymnasium has been the home to the Glenville State basketball teams since 1951. In other words, the gym is Glenville State basketball.
But as they say, when one door closes, another one opens.
That's when Glenville State College will say hello to the multi-million-dollar Waco Center. It's a project that's been in the works for quite some time, and one that is sure to flip the campus upside-down.
"Once we finally get in that thing, it's just going to be an amazing event. The atmosphere is going to be something unseen. Some of the electronics that we're going to have in that facility is going to be impressive. It's going to help us recruit better players, and it's going to help us get more student-athletes there," Dye said.
But no need to wait on the Waco Center. Great basketball is already being played in Glenville. The men's basketball team is about as exciting as it gets in the new Mountain East Conference. The Lady Pioneers also return a majority of last year's team, which won the WVIAC regular season title.
"One thing is that we just need to take it one day at a time and keep working. That's what we're about; hard work. It'll show on the court. As long as we put in the work in practice, we'll get the results on the court come game time," Glenville State Women's Basketball Head Coach Charles Marshall said.
"It's taken a while to get there, but we have the players in here now that we want and the players we can win with," Dye said. "So it is how I envisioned it. I think that with the young guys that we have now and the young guys we have committed for next year. I think this program is going in the right direction. I think we're going to be in the top tier this year and for many years to come."
An athletic department can only go so far on its own. With the support of donors and the college, the sky is the limit for Glenville State hoops.
"We are going to keep this thing rolling. That's one good thing about being here is that they want to be successful. I want to be successful, and we're going to be successful," Marshall said.