Division-II athletics have come a long way over the years. Gone are the days of old gymnasiums, grass football fields and metal bleachers. It's all about the arms race that is college recruiting.
Facilities have become a deciding factor for most recruits at the college level. At Fairmont State, they've upgraded just about everything within the basketball program, starting with a brand new locker room, and even a new theater room. It's typically something you see at the Division-I level, but at Fairmont State, it has helped rejuvenate both the men's and women's basketball programs.
"It's a lot of Head Coach Jerrod Calhoun," Fairmont State senior forward Brendan Cooper said. "He goes out and he's out in the community every day raising money. So a lot of what you see is because of him. The school supports us all the way, too."
Fairmont State Men's Basketball Head Coach Jerrod Calhoun has changed everything about Falcon Basketball. Community service has become a regular thing, which has led to a higher budget and increased fan support.
"Well I can't say enough about him," Fairmont State Athletic Director Tim McNeely said of Calhoun. "He's a veracious fundraiser. There's so many projects going on and capital projects. We're getting ready to reveal a Feaster Center renovation project. But he has been invaluable since I've been here and certainly one of the best fundraiser's I've ever seen."
"So as you come in, we're actually in the players lounge," Falcons Women's Basketball Head Coach Steve McDonald said while giving a tour of the team's locker room. "One of the things that we wanted to do, is that we wanted to make our locker room one of the best locker rooms in America. We designed it ourselves, with the help of Stit, the company that put this up for us from Morgantown. They did a fantastic job with it. Then you come into the locker room and these are customized, custom built lockers which are built by the company Pro Zone."
It's a series of renovations that have given Fairmont State an edge. An edge that both programs believe will lead to future success in D-II Basketball.