Carey dedicates new sports facility and track
Building named in honor of long-time Carey instructor Ben Waddle
On April 28, 2017, William Carey University held a dedication ceremony for the new Ben Waddle Sports Facility and the WCU track.
The new sports facility was named in honor of Dr. Benjamin Waddle, who began his career at William Carey College in 1967 as the health and physical education department chair. He also served as athletic director from 1975-1983. Dr. Waddle continues to teach in the health, physical education and recreation department.
“Ben Waddle has been a part of Carey athletics for 50 years. His loyalty to Carey and his dedication to his students are examples for all to follow,” said WCU President Tommy King. “We are proud to recognize his Christian commitment and character in this way.”
Waddle said he was shocked when he first learned the building would be named in his honor. “I never dreamed of such a high honor like this to be placed on me,” he said. “All I wanted was to be successful in education and to help students prepare for a long, successful life.”
The 13,299-square-foot facility will serve as home court for the new volleyball team, which played its first season in 2016. The JV basketball team, Carey band, and intramural sports also will use the building.
The track and field program, which began competing in 2013, will now have a home field as well. “We are excited about having a first-class track facility on campus,” said Coach Blake Hegstrom. “The addition of this facility will help not only on a day-to day-basis for training, but also in recruiting for years to come. As a coach, I couldn’t be more proud of our facility, and I’ve seen an immediate positive impact on our student-athletes.”
Hegstrom said having the track also will allow the team to host meets on campus. “We look forward to having the WCU student body come support the track and field teams here at home.”