The Wolverine

August 2014

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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NEW DIGS The Donald R. Shepherd Softball Center Opened This Spring BY MICHAEL SPATH T he Michigan softball team enjoyed new digs this past season after the Donald R. Shepherd Softball Center, adjacent to U-M's stadium, was completed in February and dedicated on April 11. The 10,200-square-foot, three-level facility contains a new team locker room, training room, coaches' offices, team meeting room, gym and showcases that highlight the success of the program. University of Michigan regents approved the $5.3 million project in March 2013, and construction then began in June 2013 and was completed in only nine months. The state-of-the-art training room on the first floor features two hydrother- apy pools, while coaches' offices on the second floor and an open-air balcony on the third provide a prime view of the Wolverines' stadium complex. Utilizing the softball center for the first time, the Maize and Blue went 47- 15 in 2014, including an 18-5 record in Big Ten play that was good enough to win the league title. The spacious locker room is a considerable upgrade over the cramped quarters the team was forced to use in the past. PHOTO BY LON HORWEDEL

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