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Rotary Happenings: There’s a new FSW player in town

By Staff | May 13, 2015

College campuses across the nation are brought to life each fall, not only with strong educational offerings, but with robust commitment, support, and pride for athletic programs being offered at their school.

The college experience is often enhanced with the opportunity to get involved with sports teams on campus and attend sporting events that bring vitality to campus life.

Remember FGCU’s Dunk City moniker heard round the world that certainly woke us all up to college sports in the area.

Well, get ready. There’s going to be a new player in town, well not really a new player, but the reemerging of the former Edison State College now renamed Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) athletic program.

Athletics on this campus have laid dormant for quite some time, in fact since 1997.

Rotary’s guest speaker this past week was new FSW’s head Baseball Coach, Jamie Corr.

Jamie told us, “In the 90s, Edison had a great baseball team with a reputation of producing some of the best college players in the nation; some players even went on to the major leagues. However, the college student body was changing in the late 90s and the age bracket of students was getting older with more responsibility at home, the pool of student athletes on campus dwindled and the athletic program was shut down.”

Good news now, though. The student body has changed once again; more traditional students are in attendance at FSW. The college growth has been phenomenal; the development of new educational programming and the economics of recent times highlighting the educational value being offered at FSW have brought an increase in college enrollment.

“The physical plant at FSW has changed as well with construction of new classrooms, construction of dormitory space, landscape and grounds design changes, all this has certainly improved the attractiveness of the college; but something was still missing It was time to bring athletics back to Edison/FSW and it is coming back big time,” Corr said.

FSW hired former FGCU’s athletic director, Carl McAloose. McAloose has put in place an outstanding new coaching staff- Baseball, Jamie Corr; Softball, Robert Lamurri; Men’s Basketball, Mary Richter; and Women’s Basketball, Kristy Ward.

FSW has signed a 10 year agreement with the City of Fort Myers to take over the old Red Sox stadium, City of Palms Park, for FSW’s Buccaneers baseball and softball teams.

Upgrades are being made to the stadium and Coach Corr has already signed 20 Buccaneers baseball players- FSW helped this process with a number of student athletic scholarships being offered.

In the news recently you might have heard that the FSW Suncoast Credit Union Arena is now under construction on the campus at the corner of Summerlin Road and Cypress Lake Drive.

Suncoast Arena will not only be an asset to the college but to the community as well. The word is that, when not in use for college sporting events the arena will be available for other community events.

Suncoast Arena is scheduled to open for the FSW Buccaneer Basketball 2016-17 season.

FSW President, Jeff Albritten is quoted as saying, “We are an institution that was a community college. Now, we are a college in this community. We are an institution that is growing and expanding. We have dorms, we have international programs, we have music programs, theater programs; now we have athletics and it gives people something else to cheer for.”

Corr summed up his time at the podium by saying, ” Sports add life to the community, vitality, and spirit”.

Sanibel-Captiva Rotary announces the re-opening of our on-line store. Enhance your wardrobe – peruse our selection of great clothing with specially designed Sanibel-Captiva Rotary merchandise by renowned artists, Ikki Matsumoto and Myra Roberts.

Also available on this site: Sanibel-Captiva Rotary’s Guatemalan Coffee; Sanibel RotaryStore.org.-About Us-Shop.

The Sanibel-Captiva Rotary meets at 7:00am, Friday mornings at the Dunes Golf & Tennis Club, Sanibel. Guests are always welcomed.

The meeting will be just Friday, May 15, 7:30 a.m., the Club will have a special breakfast meeting at South Seas Resort, with reservations for that event must be made by contacting wrahe@earthlink.net.