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Athletic Director looks to expand sport facilities

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Matt Franzen was hired as the new Athletic Director this year and hopes to incorporate some new ideas in the years to come. 

After his first year as Doane’s Athletic Director, Matt Franzen looks to expand in the upcoming years.

Franzen says some projects to increase Athletic facilities hasn’t had a plan set yet, but things they are looking at include adding a locker room facility to Al Papik Memorial Stadium.

This is because Butler Gym is planned to be converted to a full-time theatre arts building and an auxiliary gym that would be available for student life, intramurals and practices for sports teams. This would be additional recreation and sports space from the Haddix Center.

“Those are things I really think we can grow towards and really impact and make significant impact and changes,” Franzen said.

Assistant Athletic Director Cody Vance says that the transition from former athletic director Jill McCartney to Franzen has gone well.

“Everything is going very well in this department,” Vance said. “I’ve been here a long time and have seen some transition, but this particular situation of the athletic director at Doane has been a seamless transition.”

Franzen said that he felt the first year had gone well and while nothing big had happened there was a lot of learning.

Franzen said the fact that he was familiar with Doane helped him adjust to the new position throughout his first year.

Franzen said he had to get used to the differences of athletic administration rather than being a coach. He said a year of testing the water was a largely positive experience.

Franzen said that he has got to know more of the student body in this position, something he has enjoyed.

“The other thing that has been neat to me has been now getting a chance to go see how a lot of other sports programs work and operate,” Franzen said. “You really get to see what goes on behind the scenes, the relationships, talk to the  coaches and see how things work on a very intimate level.”