Morgan raising funds for weight room

Published 6:28 pm Thursday, December 29, 2016

Morgan Academy athletic director and football coach Josh Thacker is leading an effort by the school to raise money to renovate the school’s weight room, locker rooms and other parts of the athletic department.

A GoFundMe page has been started to help the school with the renovations and a goal of $30,000 has been set.

Thacker said the school has been quoted a $12,000 cost for the renovations, which will include knocking down walls, moving electrical outlets and expanding coaches’ offices, among other things. The other $18,000 will be used to purchase weight equipment.

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“We are trying to get bigger, faster, stronger as an entire athletic program,” Thacker said. “We are running kids through there daily, and it’s so packed, so jam tight in there that we are trying to expand and give those kids more space to work with.”

Thacker said when his staff first took over this past year, they made several changes. They moved the weight room into the junior varsity locker room was and moved that locker room into the old weight area. Thacker said the lack of air conditioning in the old weight room caused many of the weights to rust, so a lot of equipment needs to be updated.

“We are slowly but surely getting there, but it’s just a process,” Thacker said.

He said Morgan uses the weights year round and that every sports team uses the area to work out. He believes an updated weight room would create excitement around the school’s athletics program and show athletes the school is committed to giving them the best equipment.

“Our job coaching in high school is not that all dissimilar from a college coach. They go out and recruit players and we have to recruit our hallways. Inside of that, we have to show our athletes that we are committed to them as a coaching staff and that we are always trying to find the next big thing for them, something cutting edge for them,” he said. “We are showing that we appreciate all the hard work they are going through and now we are trying to work for them.”

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