COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland women's soccer team took a break from preseason training Wednesday afternoon to visit the new Cole Field House. The squad was the second Maryland team to set foot on the recently finished indoor practice field, which is just phase one of the comprehensive project.
“It was jaw-dropping,” head coach Ray Leone said. “When I was a kid I ran track in Cole Field House, so I know the history of that place and it still has that spirit. For our players, expecially the young ones, they've never been in Cole Field House. For them to be the first women's team to see the new Cole Field House, it was neat for us.”
The new Cole Field House will be a state-of-the art facility bringing research, innovation, athletics and clinical practice under one roof. The collaboration at Cole Field House will enable novel and groundbreaking work in brain injury and neuroscience that benefits the State at large.
For Leone's squad, the chance to use the facility, which sits just steps from the team's locker room and outdoor practice field, during inclement weather is a game changing development.
“It's fantastic for everybody,” Leone said. “It's the best indoor facility I've ever seen. When you have questionable days of heat or lightening, we'll have the chance to go in there and get some things done.”
For defender Hope Gouterman, the facility was a representation of the growth of Maryland athletics.
“It was amazing,” Gouterman said. “We are very lucky to have a facility like that. It's awesome that we were the second team to ever see it. Our team took a lot of pride in knowing we are a part of something bigger than ourselves.”
It even inspired the redshirt senior to as her head coach a very important question.
“I asked Ray if I could have an eighth year of eligibility to stay a part of it,” Gouterman said. “But that's probably a little too much.”