The dedication for Cummins Field House was held last Friday, honoring the patrons of the facility, Chris and Cindy Cummins of College Station, Texas.
The 9,429-square-foot facility was completed in the fall of 2011 and has been in use since its completion.
Chris and Cindy Cummins, accompanied by family, were present to cut the ribbon on the field house. University President Dr. Randy O’Rear recognized the Cummins and presented them with a plaque.
“I don’t know that they’ve ever been asked, one time, to make a gift,” O’Rear said. “They show up. Chris has a smile on his face … and he hands us a check and says ‘We want to be a part of it. We believe in what you’re doing.’”
Cummins is a local; he grew up in Belton and was an offensive tackle at Belton High School. He was offered a scholarship to play for the University of North Texas where he would meet his wife, Cindy.
After marrying, the couple would find their way to Belton and to UMHB, where Chris would graduate with a bachelor’s in business in 1975.
Chris would become Senior Vice President of Proppant, an affiliate of Frac Tech Services, a company that supplies fracturing sand to the petroleum industry.
Despite his success in the oil business, Cummins has not forgotten his roots. The Cummins couple have shown their support in the form of several donations toward the football program.
Now entering its fifteenth season, the football program has amassed a winning record of 134-33 as of Saturday’s victory over Kean University.
With the success that Head Coach Pete Fredenburg has found over the years with the Cru, it has grown in size, and the former locker room accommodations were no longer enough to service the needs of the team.
“There were, I think, 167 lockers, and we would have in excess of 200 guys in there, so it was pretty tight,” Fredenburg said.
The locker room in Anderson was torn down and used as an expansion to the weight and meeting rooms. The weight room only had nine barbells before the Cummins was built; now up to 24 athletes can use barbell stations at once.
Junior mathematics major and running back for the Cru, Darius Wilson, shared his thoughts on the new field house and the effect it has had on the team.
“It allows you to see firsthand, that hard work pays off,” Wilson said. “Because without winning, you know, this wouldn’t be possible.”
Joining the two field houses is the Captains’ Tower where team captains are honored with a monument.
Nine out of 15 seasons have resulted in American Southwest Conference Championship titles, making Crusader football a growing interest for high school recruits.
With a new stadium, which is under construction, and a new field house in place, the appeal for recruits to play for UMHB continues to grow.
Hard work breeds success, and that has been made evident by this football team. The successful program has been recognized for its efforts.