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Breaking Ground at the Foley Enners Nathe Lacrosse Center

Foley Lacrosse Center Ground BreakingConstruction began today on the Foley Enners Nathe Lacrosse Center, starting with a groundbreaking ceremony involving the West Point Association of Graduates (WPAOG) and West Point’s Directorate of Intercollegiate Athletics. “Everyone should feel enormous satisfaction in this accomplishment,” said COL (R) Robert McClure ’76, WPAOG’s President & CEO. “This is a giant step forward for Army West Point athletics, and it is tangible evidence of what WPAOG does so well: connecting the passion of our graduates with the needs of West Point and giving cadets the best facilities in the nation at the best value.”

The Center has been a priority for the Superintendent within the West Point Association of Graduates For Us All Campaign and was fully funded by West Point graduates and friends of the Academy. Several former lacrosse players have played an important role in the development of the center, including Gary Giglio ’89, Cornell "Buck" French ’89, and the late John "Jack" Rust ’49, among many others.

The Superintendent expressed his gratitude, “I'd like to thank all those who generously donated to make this project happen, in particular Bill Foley, Gary Giglio, Randy Quirk and Will Weathersby.  Because of their and many other’s generous support, we can break ground on what will be a first-class facility for our men’s and women’s lacrosse teams. When you stop and think about what Bill Foley, Class of 1967, is doing to honor two great lacrosse player classmates, Raymond Enners and Mike Nathe, Bill deserves a lot of recognition and thanks. Raymond and Mike took the mental, physical and leadership skills they developed as lacrosse players to the fight in Vietnam where they gave their last full measure of their devotion. Because of Bill’s respect and love of his classmates, this facility will forever honor them and their memory.”

Representing the donors that made this day a reality, Gary Giglio ’89, a former Army Lacrosse team captain and himself a lead donor for the new lacrosse building, said, “It is fantastic to be part of a project that represents the tradition of Army Lacrosse.”

Commenting on that tradition, Joe Alberici, Army West Point Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach, said, “One of our team quotes is, ‘Always honor the tradition,’ especially the players who have come before and helped build it with eight national championships.”

The Foley Enners Nathe Lacrosse Center will become the new home of Army West Point Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse. It will feature office space for coaches, team meeting rooms, film breakdown facilities, men’s and women’s locker rooms, a training room, and on-site equipment storage. It will also offer players space to study and socialize, allowing them to build relationship among one another off the field. “The lacrosse team culture has always been one of cohesion,” said Giglio. “Helping each other on and off the field, professionally and personally, helps form that common bond that is essential to an elite program.”

Summing up the project, Alberici said, “Thanks to WPAOG and the Long Gray Line, Army West Point Lacrosse will now have the greatest lacrosse facility in the nation for the next 25 years.”

For more information on the future home of Army West Point Lacrosse, visit: www.goarmywestpoint.com/news/2015/8/20/MLAX_0820150213.aspx

Watch interviews with USMA Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen ‘75, Army West Point Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Boo Corrigan, West Point Association of Graduates President and CEO Bob McClure ’76, Gary Giglio ’89, Army West Point Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Joe Alberici and Army West Point Women's Lacrosse Noto Family Head Coach Kristen Waagbo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jdcflhVtrk