In 2014, Houghton College opened the Kerr-Pegula Athletic Complex (KPAC), ushering in a new era of collegiate athletics and community health and wellness.
The KPAC is home to Burke Field; a new baseball stadium; a new softball stadium; and the capstone facility, the Kerr-Pegula Field House. The field house features a competition-quality, eight-lane, 200-meter indoor track; six indoor tennis courts; locker rooms; Athletic Department offices; weight and exercise facilities; practice space for outdoor sports during inclement weather, and a venue for other large campus and community events.
The gift from Kim (Kerr ’91) and Terry Pegula was a significant lead gift in the IMPACT campaign and paved the way for Houghton College to become an NCAA Division III school competing in the Empire 8 Conference.
Approximately one-third of Houghton students participate in intercollegiate athletics, making the facility a significant and vital component in attracting and retaining future generations of Highlanders. Our student athletes are consistently top academic performers, with over seventy students named to the Empire 8’s President’s List each semester. Students with new majors or minors as well as pre-professional degrees or concentrations in Pre-Physical Therapy or Sports Ministry have all benefitted from opportunities provided by the KPAC.
Beyond Houghton students, the widespread community impact of the KPAC is substantial. Houghton has hosted two division championships and one national championship since opening the KPAC. In the 2018-2019 school year, we hosted over 10 high school indoor track sectionals during which at least 16,000 individuals visited the facility. In 2019-2020, before athletic competitions were suspended, over 14,000 individuals attended twelve indoor meets.
According to Lancaster High School Coaches George Rak and Kevin Carriero, who were interviewed on WGR 500 radio’s show “Inside High School Sports,” “It is fair to say one of the things that I believe has had an enormous impact on Section VI indoor track is the ability to run at the Houghton College fieldhouse…[It’s] a Division I-quality track in a Division III school, and it has had a profound effect on the performances of Section VI athletes since its inception four years ago.”
“After seeing how I would be able to use the KPAC every day to improve my game, it was an easy decision to come to Houghton. I play tennis, and with the weather being the way it is in New York, it is crucial to have an indoor facility to be able to play. It gives me an advantage over my competition who don’t have access to such a nice facility.”
Jacob Fisler ’20, Men’s Tennis
“The KPAC has brought countless visitors to Houghton College. The facilities have been used quite often by local high schools for practices and contests. We’ve also hosted a number of sectional softball games, and our baseball field is used quite a bit by area colleges whose own fields have been rained out. The KPAC has also been used for a number of clinics featuring former Olympic and professional athletes, including Tamika Catchings, Jenny Finch and Ryan Hall.”
Matt Webb, Director of Athletics