Story courtesy: Texas A&M-Commerce Athletics
OWATONNA, Minn. and COMMERCE – Wenger Corporation announces the installation of new GearBoss customized lockers at Texas A&M University-Commerce, in Commerce, Texas. Coaches revealed the new locker room to the team in the early spring, among surprised cheers, photos and social media posts.
“You walk in this locker room and no matter who you are, you say ‘Wow,’ because it’s so impressive,” says Head Football Coach David Bailiff. “I’ve done this for 35 years and these advancements are amazing. The athletes want to hang out here because it’s comfortable and they’re proud of it. That helps you grow as a team.”
Populous Architects and Vaughn Construction created and built the new structure specifically to house the locker room, showers and equipment area. GearBoss Pass-Through Cubby lockers, storage carts, work surfaces, workstations and shelves keep gear organized at all times.
The new GearBoss lockers have a number of custom elements, including:
- Custom shoulder pad storage area
- Helmet display area with accent LED lighting
- Secure cubby storage area with a programmable lock, electrical outlet and integrated USB charging ports for devices
- Garment bars and 5 hooks for clothing and uniforms
- Padded, lift-up bench seat
- Vented footlocker and ductwork connected to HVAC system for ventilation
- Laser-cut, powder coated Lion logo, player name and number on each locker
- LED toe-kick lighting
The room also features open spaces for the coach to address the entire team at once, six big screen TVs, chairs, sectionals and a dry erase board. There is ample space for the student-athletes to study, hang out and relax.
“The space for the student athletes and the quality of the locker were the priority areas of this project,” said Tim McMurray, Director of Athletics. “While there are cost consideration measures in any facility enhancement, the player morale and recruiting elements were not going to be sacrificed.”
The A&M-Commerce Lions compete in the Division II Lone Star Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. In 2019, the GearBoss brand became a sponsor of the Conference and was designated the official locker provider of the LSC. GearBoss athletic lockers and high-density storage products are part of Wenger Corporation’s full line of specialty equipment designed for athletic programs.
A deciding factor in choosing Wenger Corporation for the lockers came when A&M-Commerce staff took a trip to its Minnesota manufacturing headquarters as well as the University of Minnesota to see lockers that had been installed ten years prior and still looked new.
“It was a best in class experience,” noted A&M-Commerce senior associate director of athletics Conner Moreno. “The lockers at the University of Minnesota were durable and still looked great after years of daily use. “It made us feel much more comfortable knowing that we were going to have a great, high quality product for a long period.
“We saw their commitment to this facility and how important it was to get a quality product installed in a short timeframe,” says Gary Schlatholt, Athletic National Account Manager for Wenger Corporation. “We were thrilled to be a part of this impressive remodel.”
The new building and locker room replace an old, dated and run-down version with insufficient space for the team to gather together. The new locker room is what Coach Bailiff calls “recruit-ready,” meaning that it’s clean, organized and impressive to anyone who walks in.
“We selected the perfect locker. Our players love them. They’re big enough to store all of their equipment, they’re functional, and they’re durable,” Bailiff says. “These will stand the test of time.”
To learn more about Wenger and GearBoss products with customizable options, please visit www.gearboss.com.
About Wenger Corporation
Wenger Corporation provides innovative, high-quality products and solutions for music and theatre education, performing arts venues and athletic programs. Our products include the Wenger, JR Clancy and GearBoss brands of equipment. Products include; theatrical rigging systems, acoustical shells and treatment, acoustical doors and sound-isolating practice rooms, fixed and portable audience seating, and portable and mobile staging systems. Our furniture line includes music posture chairs, music stands, conductor’s equipment and a full line of high-density and portable storage solutions for instruments, garments, sheet music and media equipment. We also offer a complete line of athletic lockers, equipment storage and transport products. For more information call +1.507.455.4100 or visit www.wengercorp.com.