Arkansas begins baseball/track construction


FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas is moving forward with construction on the baseball/track indoor facility.

The Razorbacks announced that construction is underway after raising $1 million of the projected $9.6 million it will take to complete the building, which will be used by both the baseball and track programs. Arkansas said athletic revenues, additional gifts and proceeds from a bond issue for the projects will fund the facility.

Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long said in a statement the facility will be “the finest indoor training facilities for baseball and indoor track and field in the nation.”

Construction could be completed as early as next summer.

“This facility vaults us ahead of our competition in the SEC and nationally,” Long said in a statement. With this addition, inclement weather is no longer a factor for our baseball, men’s and women’s track and field programs. In an effort to proved three of our most nationally competitive programs with this important facility as soon as possible, we have started construction even as we continue to seek support from donors through our ‘Never Yield’ campaign.”

Arkansas announced last month it was beginning initial site work, but the full project wouldn’t move forced until the facility was fully funded.

The facility will provide 52,000 square feet of climate-controlled practice space. It will be located on the north side of the existing Randal Tyson Track Center.

Arkansas Hires Henderson State AD

FAYETTEVILLE — Henderson State athletic director Kale Gober is joining the Arkansas athletic department.

Arkansas announced it has hired Gober as assistant athletic director for development. Gober will lead development efforts for the athletic department and will serve as a member of the University of Arkansas Office of Advancement, according to a news release.

Gober also will coordinate major gift fundraising efforts with the Razorback Foundation.

“I am extremely honored and excited to be joining a great, tradition-rich program such as the Razorbacks” Gober said in a news release. “I appreciate Jeff Long giving me this professional opportunity to be part of one of the nation’s most competitive intercollegiate athletics programs. Having spent my entire life in this great state, I have a deep respect and understanding of what the Razorbacks represent.

“I am also grateful to Dr. Glen Jones, the coaches, administration and student-athletes of Henderson State University. It has been a privilege to lead the Reddies’ program for the past three years. I am confident that the program will continue to build on its success in the years to come.”

Gober spent the past three years as Henderson State’s athletic director.

The El Dorado native also was a football player at the school.

“As a former student-athlete and athletic director, he understands the positive impact intercollegiate athletics has on the lives of student-athletes and the importance of providing them what they need to excel in all aspects of their collegiate experience,” Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long said. “Kale’s professional experience and lifelong familiarity with our state and the Razorbacks is a tremendous asset to our department and will benefit our continued efforts to secure the support necessary for the future success of our program.”