WHITTIER, Calif. – The renovations to the former Memorial Field have begun in earnest. This transformative project is possible thanks to significant gifts from two very generous Whittier alumni, both of whom are former Poet student-athletes.
A gift from alumnus Adam Elberg '91 will support the renovations, as well as provide for a new entrance gateway to the field from the parking lot down the right field line, and a covered, three-tunnel batting cage, including lights and bullpens down the left field line. In acknowledgement of Adam's leadership support, the playing field will be renamed Adam Elberg Field.
Thanks to a leadership gift from Keith Gendreau '80 and his wife Allison, the 2017-18 Poet Baseball squad and its fans will enjoy a new stadium, complete with a permanent grandstand, press box, and surround sound PA system. Keith and Allison's gift will name the new stadium structure in memory of former Whittier College coach and educator, Hugh B. Mendez. Coach Mendez was inducted into the Purple & Gold Hall of Fame in 2014. This gift will further preserve Mendez's legacy at Whittier and serve as a constant reminder of the impact he had on hundreds of students.
These improvements will undoubtedly make Whittier's baseball facilities among the finest small school facilities in the southland. The grandstand in Hugh Mendez Stadium will be ADA accessible and will accommodate upwards of 100 spectators. Head Poet Baseball Coach, Mike Rizzo '86 recently commented, "when this project is completed in late October, current and future Poet baseball players will compete on one of the best small school facilities in the West. We are so fortunate to have alumni who are not only philanthropic, but also understand the importance that outstanding facilities play in recruiting and retaining quality student-athletes."
Please visit the Whittier College athletics website, www.wcpoets.com for updated photos throughout the construction phase of the project.