Newly Renovated Goodman Gymnasium Rededicated

Those Catawba College alumni who returned to campus for Homecoming 2015 were overwhelmed by the renovation of the Goodman Gymnasium in the Abernethy Physical Education Center. A mini-campaign to raise funds for the renovation was announced in early January. A total of $1,235,019 was raised and the work completed during a concerted effort that took less than eight months.

Catawba alumni Tom Dennard '77 and wife Mary Jo '75 were back on campus for the rededication. The Dennards originally started the renovation ball rolling by making a $150,000 gift to upgrade Goodman Gymnasium. Those funds, along with a $300,000 gift from the Goodman Family, kick-started the mini-campaign and covered the costs of replacing the maple basketball floor in Goodman Gymnasium, named in honor of 1938 alumnus and longtime former trustee and benefactor, the late Enoch A. Goodman '38.

Catawba's retired Vice President of Development and Athletics, Tom Childress '64, chaired the mini-campaign and said he did it to honor both the late Enoch Goodman of Salisbury, who served for 50 years on Catawba's Board of Trustees, and Sam Moir of Salisbury, Childress' former coach who served as head basketball coach at Catawba for 34 years.

"To renovate this facility was really the idea of Tom and Mary Jane Dennard," Childress said on Homecoming Saturday, October 24, during a barbecue luncheon. "They said, ‘We really need to do something with this facility – it's 45 years old.' "

Childress shared that 140 donors contributed to the Goodman Gymnasium renovation effort with 26 individuals making lead gifts. A plaque commemorating the Goodman Gymnasium renovation and rededication was unveiled. It included the names of those who contributed to the mini-campaign effort.

Specific projects targeted in the mini-campaign in addition to the maple wood floor replacement included bleacher repair and modification; seating upgrades; digital graphics wallpaper (outside locker rooms & offices); a scoreboard/shot clock replacement; press row tables (10); a video board; and floor dividers. Yet to be completed projects related to the Goodman Gym renovation include basketball team locker room upgrades; volleyball team locker room upgrades; swimming team locker room upgrades; and Abernethy Physical Education Center office space renovations and refurbishment.

The Goodman Gymnasium mini-campaign effort is part of Catawba's $60 million comprehensive campaign effort now underway through December of 2017. Other individuals who assisted Childress with the mini-campaign included Gordon Kirkland Jr. '70 and William "Bill" Haggerty '79, both retired Catawba employees and alumni.

Individuals interested in making a gift to fund additional upgrades in Abernethy Physical Education Center should contact the Joey Knight, Catawba's Director of Athletic Development at (704) 637-4394 or make a gift online at

Today's Events

Cross Country @ SAC Championships, 9:00
Volleyball @ Tusculum, 12:30VideoStats
Swimming @ Wingate, 2:00
Football @ Tusculum, 2:30AudioVideoStats
Soccer (M) vs. TUSCULUM, 5:00VideoStats
Soccer (W) vs. TUSCULUM, 7:30VideoStats


«October 2017»
October 1

Tennis (W) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 3) 

Tennis (M) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 3) 

October 2

Golf (W) @ Myrtle Beach Inv - Day 1 (Ocean Ridge Plantation)

Tennis (M) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 4) 

Tennis (W) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 4) 

October 3

Golf (W) @ Myrtle Beach Inv - Day 2 (Ocean Ridge Plantation) 14th of 17

Volleyball @ Coker 1-3

October 4

Soccer (W) vs. QUEENS 0-1

Soccer (M) vs. QUEENS 1-1

October 5

Tennis (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 7-2

Tennis (M) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 1-8

October 6

Swimming @ Converse Women's Invite (Day 1) 

October 7

Cross Country @ Hagan Stone Classic W-1st;M-3rd

Swimming @ Converse Women's Invite (Day 2) 1st of 7

Football vs. NORTH GREENVILLE 26-20

Volleyball vs. NEWBERRY 2-3

Soccer (W) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 0-3

Soccer (M) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 0-3

October 9

Golf (M) @ NCAA II Preview - Day 1 (Rock Barn GC)

Golf (W) in PATSY RENDLEMAN INV - Day 1 (CC of Salisbury)

October 10

Golf (M) @ NCAA II Preview - Day 2 (Rock Barn GC) 9th of 17

Golf (W) in PATSY RENDLEMAN INV - Day 2 (CC of Salisbury) 10th of 17

October 11

Soccer (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 3-1

Soccer (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 3-4

October 14

Football vs. WINGATE 24-27

Volleyball @ Anderson 0-3

Soccer (M) @ Anderson 1-2

Soccer (W) @ Anderson 1-2

October 16

Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Intercollegiate - Day 1 (Mimosa Hills CC)

Golf (W) @ Lee Ann Noble Memorial - Day 1 (Achasta GC)

October 17

Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Intercollegiate - Day 2 (Mimosa Hills CC) 11th of 13

Golf (W) @ Lee Ann Noble Memorial - Day 2 (Achasta GC) 12th of 16

Tennis (W) vs. Newberry 4-5

Tennis (M) vs. Newberry 1-8

October 18

Soccer (W) @ Wingate 0-1

Soccer (M) @ Wingate 0-0

October 19

Tennis (W) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 2-7

October 20

Swimming MEN vs. UNC WILMINGTON 91-164

Swimming WOMEN vs. UNC WILMINGTON 81-172

Volleyball vs. MARS HILL 1-3

October 21

Cross Country @ SAC Championships 9 a.m.

Volleyball @ Tusculum 12:30 p.m.

Swimming @ Wingate 2 p.m.

Football @ Tusculum 2:30 p.m.

Soccer (M) vs. TUSCULUM 5 p.m.

Soccer (W) vs. TUSCULUM 7:30 p.m.

October 24

Soccer (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 7 p.m.

Volleyball vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 7 p.m.

October 25

Soccer (M) vs. USC AIKEN 7 p.m.

October 27

Swimming Men @ Gardner-Webb 5 p.m.

Volleyball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 7 p.m.

October 28

Soccer (W) @ Lincoln Memorial 1 p.m.

Football @ Limestone 1 p.m.

Volleyball vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 2 p.m.

Soccer (M) @ Lincoln Memorial 3:30 p.m.

October 31

Soccer (W) in SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Soccer (M) @ SAC Tournament (1st Round)

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