Keuka College breaks ground on new turf

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Last week, Keuka College officials broke ground on its new, state-of-the-art turf field at the athletic facility on Skyline Drive in Jerusalem. Pictured are (from left): Kacey the Wolf, Dave Sweet (Athletic Director), Mark Petrie (Vice President of Enrollment Management), President Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera, Dana Schillinger (emeritus member of Board of Trustees), and Jim Blackburn (Vice President of Student Development).

Keuka College began construction May 18 on a new, $1.8 million synthetic turf field that will strengthen the College’s athletic programs and contribute to the College’s already-rising enrollment and retention.

The new field is one of the construction projects part of E2: Empowering Excellence, the College’s long-range strategic plan (LRSP). The field will be completed just in time for the Fall 2015 sports season, with an anticipated completion date of Aug. 20.

The turf field will be used by the college’s men’s and women’s lacrosse teams, the men’s and women’s soccer squads, and a new field hockey team that debuts in the fall.

The new facility is being built where the existing grass field sits at the Jephson Community Athletic Complex, and will use the complex’s existing set of lights.

“This will help strengthen the caliber of student-athletes we are able to attract to Keuka College, and affords us the opportunity to expand and enhance our athletics program,” said Keuka College President Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera.

“We are constantly looking for ways to make our students’ experience here at Keuka College transformational. Varsity athletics and intramurals play such a big role in our students’ success, and thanks to the support of the President and Board of Trustees, the turf field is becoming a reality,” said Dave Sweet, Keuka College’s longtime athletic director.

“Our outdoor athletic facilities are nice, but having the turf field allows us to offer additional sports while making the experience for our existing teams so much better,” he added, mentioning how Keuka College couldn’t have added field hockey without a turf field.

The official grand opening ceremony for the new facility is set for the annual Green & Gold Celebration Weekend, Oct. 16–18.

If you are interested in supporting this project, please contact the Office of Development at (315) 279-5262.

To view the master plan for the retooled athletics facility, visit

Athletics Facility Master Plan