Marietta's athletics director making presentation at national conference

Debbie Lazorik, Marietta College's Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation, is making a presentation on how to successfully fund and construct a recreation center on a small college campus at the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Facilities Workshop in Las Vegas on Nov. 15.

The workshop opens on Nov. 13 at the Flamingo in Las Vegas.

Lazorik, who has more than 20 years of experience in athletics administration, is presenting with Erik Kocher of Hastings and Chivetta Architects.

"This is an opportunity for us to show the time and commitment that was put into all aspects of getting a large project like the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center completed," Lazorik said.

Marietta's recreation center, which cost $19 million, includes the renovated Ban Johnson Arena and Fenton Court, and newly constructed 200-meter indoor track facility with multipurpose courts, racquetball courts, climbing wall, crew training facility, and performance court for varsity basketball and volleyball.

Lazorik and Kocher will also discuss the challenges they faced in the project, such as convincing the Board of Trustees to double the project's budget, building on the side of a hill, and raising more capital funds than had ever been raised in the history of the College.