York College has something that most Division III schools can’t compete with in terms of recruiting -- the 165,000-square foot Grumbacher Sport and
York College has something that most Division III schools can't compete with in terms of recruiting -- the 165,000-square foot Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center. (Daily Record/Sunday News - File)
In an effort to land top-notch recruits, York College has something that most Division III schools can't compete with -- the Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center.

The 3-year-old complex includes a 165,000-square foot indoor athletic facility with two synthetic turf fields outside.

Inside is the Wolf Gym, a 1,700-seat arena for basketball, volleyball and wrestling, plus a beautiful pool for the swim teams and a large fieldhouse that all of the Spartan teams use for various practices and workouts.

The outdoor fields provide homes for soccer, field hockey, lacrosse and an all-weather surface for the track and field teams, which includes a recently constructed press box, bleachers, rest rooms and a concession stand.

The Grumbacher also features an impressive workout area that provides athletes with a state-of-the-art training center. It certainly offers much more than the Spartans' former home.

Gone are the days of playing and practicing in the hot, somewhat cramped confines of the old Wolf Gymnasium.

"This building has shown that we mean business," said Sean Sullivan, York's associate dean in charge of athletics and recreation. "We are here to do a certain job on the playing fields and the administration supports you enough to provide you with the best facilities available."

Spartans women's basketball coach Betsy Witman recalled showing the Grumbacher to a recruit during a recent visit.

"I told her you are not going to see a facility like this at the Division III or II level," she said. "They are going to have nice gyms, but you are not going to see anything like this."

Although the baseball team plays on a beautiful field on York's original campus, Saikia's squad still uses the Grumbacher on a regular basis.

"We practice as much in that fieldhouse as the field," he said. "We can use it quite often before we get on our field. We only have so many games, but we practice every day. That is where we made a big, big jump."

And while it is a recruiting tool, Sullivan is quick to point out, the facility is not just for those on Spartan athletic teams. All York College students, staff and faculty may use the Grumbacher.
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