Introducing Asbury University's Kirkland Complex:
A renovation and construction project to enhance the Zweifel baseball and softball fields
Asbury University received a $1.5 million gift to renovate its baseball and softball facilities in honor of Dr. Jiles E. Kirkland, a 1950 graduate of Asbury University. Kirkland served for 46 years as a United Methodist pastor and as the district superintendent.
"The Kirkland Complex is not only about sports," said Dr. Doug Wilcoxson, vice president for student development at Asbury. "It's also about discipleship, as coaches pour into students and mentor them. It's about outreach, as we expect camps to introduce hundreds of kids to the Lord. And it’s about engaging the culture of sport in topics of ethics and leadership throughout the region."
Currently Under Construction
- Baseball Field: laser grading, sodding, sports lighting, dugout upgrade, fencing, backstop, warning track, bleachers and stadium seats, press box, and scoreboard
- Softball Field: laser grading, sodding, fencing, padding, warning track, re-aim lights, bleachers and press box upgrade
- Beautification: sidewalks, complex entry, flagpoles, retaining wall, picnic areas, landscaping, pedestrian lighting, and signage
Planned Construction Pending Funding
Indoor batting facility & storage, concession & restroom facility, locker rooms
"Improved facilities are very important for us to take our program to the next level," said Baseball Coach Bob Silvanik. "And for us, that doesn't always mean success on the baseball field, but a bigger platform for us to shine the light of Christ in the world through our baseball ministry."
In 1986, the baseball and softball fields were named in honor of Professor Cecil C. Zweifel, founder of Asbury University athletics, and will retain the name Zweifel Fields.