MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Cary Gym. Home to the West Virginia University gymnastics team. Training center of Mountaineer All-Americans Janáe Cox and Kristen Macrie. Daily retreat for past NCAA qualifiers like Hope Sloanhoffer, Mehgan Morris, TeShawne Jackson and Dinorh Boyd.
One of the nation’s most respected practice facilities, Cary Gym has housed a rich history since its completion between the 1997 and 1998 seasons. Yet, one of the easiest knocks against the Mountaineers’ home was its bare, white walls.
Not any more.
Fourth-year Mountaineer coach Jason Butts initiated a facelift of Cary Gym over the offseason, and now WVU gymnasts practice and train daily in a building that boasts outstanding graphics and banners that highlight the team’s storied history, steady present and hopeful future.
“We wanted to update the gym’s graphics – everything that was in here was from when the gym was built,” Butts explained. “We wanted to give the gym a new look and honor the program’s tradition.”
Those familiar with Cary Gym’s former look will be floored by the facelift, completed by Design Display, especially the All-American wall above the gym’s training room that features the Mountaineers’ five honorees: Shari Retton (1982), Lajuanda Moody (1994), Kristin Quackenbush (1994, 1995, 1996), Macrie (2000) and Cox (2007).
“We’ve never had an All-America wall, and I think that’s a very special honor to work toward,” said Butts.
The gym’s back wall features six banners that boast the program’s 11 conference championships, 35 NCAA regional appearances and four National Championships appearances.
Floor-to-ceiling banners featuring the Mountaineers’ three returning seniors – Beth Deal
, Dayah Haley
and Lia Salzano
– and their chosen mottos flank the gym’s mirror. Additionally, the Flying WV and the Big 12 Conference logo are present throughout the gym.
“I wanted the team to see its leadership every day,” said Butts. “I worked with those three on their phrases. Those are the cornerstones of Mountaineer gymnastics in this season.”
With any luck, Cary Gym’s walls will be updated again next summer boasting the accomplishments of a successful 2015 campaign.