Boise State to ask State Board of Education to name football complex for Gene Bleymaier
Boise State University will present to the Idaho State Board of Education Thursday a proposal to name the new Bronco Football Complex after former Director of Athletics Gene Bleymaier.
Bleymaier served as the University’s athletic director from February 1982 to August 2011, and was a driving force behind the new football complex, BSU officials said.
Lead donors on the project, long-time Boise State boosters Larry Williams and Jerry Caven, made the naming request for the facility at the time of their donation in November of 2010.
“Boise State owes a huge debt of gratitude to the Caven and Williams families for their ongoing generosity, and for suggesting this recognition of Gene’s work and accomplishments,” said Boise State President Bob Kustra.
Williams and Caven were also the lead donors on the Caven-Williams Indoor Sports Complex and have a long history of financial giving to the athletic department and University.
The 68,000-square-foot “dream home” for the football program includes coaches’ offices and meeting rooms, an academic center, recruiting lounge, weight room, athletic training room, equipment room, student-athletes lounge and home locker room.
Bleymaier, who is now the athletic director at San Jose State, first came to Boise State in 1981 as an assistant athletic director. Less than a year later he became one of the youngest intercollegiate athletic directors in the country.
During his 31 years directing the Bronco athletic department, the program was a member of four different conferences (Big Sky, Big West, Western Athletic and Mountain West) and won numerous league and postseason championships.
“Besides enjoying unprecedented success on the field of play and in the classroom, Boise State athletics also significantly improved its facilities under Bleymaier’s direction,” said Boise State Athletic Director Mark Coyle.
Along with the $22 million football complex, other signature facilities built during his tenure include the Stueckle Sky Center (football press box and VIP seating), Caven-Williams Sports Complex (indoor practice facility), Arguinchona Basketball Complex (men and women), Dona Larsen Park (track and softball), Boas Tennis/Soccer Center, Allen Noble Hall of Fame Gallery, Peterson-Preco Learning Center, Appleton Outdoor Tennis Center, Jackson Indoor Track, the Simplot Center for Athletic Excellence, the Fedrizzi Fitness Center expansion and an expansion of the Nicholson-Yanke Center.
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