The Setzer Pavilion/Mills Morgan Center, a state-of-the-art training facility for Wright State University student-athletes, is celebrating its five-year anniversary.
The 27,000-square-foot privately funded facility, which sits next to the Wright State Nutter Center, features a full-length basketball court, weight room, locker rooms, audio-visual rooms, coaches’ offices, and a study lounge.
“This facility is more than just a basketball training facility,” said Wright State President David R. Hopkins. “This is a place they come to really grow academically.”
Wright State Director of Athletics Bob Grant said that while the facility has been phenomenal for practicing — especially for basketball — it has also provided a space for student-athletes to work on their studies.
“We’re in the business of producing human capital, not widgets,” Grant said. “We turn out young men and women every day from this great university. And this building — selfish from an athletics standpoint — really has shown a commitment to our student-athletes, making them better in all phases, whether it’s life skills, academics or athletics.”
Grant said that while the facility has been a great recruiting tool for athletes, it has also helped recruit coaches. He said the building was instrumental in helping get basketball coach Billy Donlon to Wright State as well as former coach Brad Brownell, who is now at Clemson University.
“Brad has called us and told us several times that he wishes Clemson in the ACC had a setup like this,” Grant said. “They don’t.”
Women’s basketball coach Mike Bradbury said that all six of the recruits he went after last fall agreed to come to Wright State, in large part because the Mills Morgan Center was better than facilities the recruits saw at schools like Indiana, Northwestern and Cincinnati.
“When I came up here interviewing for this job, this was a big deal for me,” Bradbury said. “This place is very special, and it’s a big part of our success.”