James J. McCann Recreation Center and Strength & Conditioning Center

John J. Gartland Jr. played an extraordinary role in the growth of Marist College, in the advancement of its educational mission and in providing students with athletic and recreational opportunities. As a Marist trustee, Gartland took the lead in expanding athletic and fitness opportunities for all Marist students. The construction of the James J. McCann Recreation Center under his leadership signaled the start of an ambitious commitment to high-quality athletics and recreational facilities at Marist. Officially opened on April 17th, 1977, the James J. McCann Recreation Center is a hub of activity, intercollegiate competition, and general student recreation.

Due to a dramatic increase in the size of the student body and in student interest in sports and fitness, Mr. Gartland championed the renovation and major expansion of the McCann Center in 1997. This magnificent addition ushered in a new era in athletics and student recreation at Marist.

The 150,000-square-foot James J. McCann Recreation Center features an arena, a natatorium, two racquetball courts, a 2,200-square-foot dance studio, five locker rooms, a classroom and a Hall of Fame multimedia meeting room. A $350,000 renovation was began in the summer of 2000 that transformed the 2,100-square-foot Dr. Maynard Center for Sports Medicine into a top-flight athletic training room. That same summer saw a renovation and redesign of the Academic Enhancement Center for Student-Athletes into a premier academic facility. The McCann Recreation Center also houses the Marist College Athletic Training academic program offices along with the Athletic Department administrative offices and Coaches Complex.

The addition of the 4,200-square-foot Coaches Complex to the McCann Recreation Center took place in 1995 at a cost of $200,000. The project included offices for all 23 of Marist's athletic programs, a storage area, a kitchenette and a glass-walled conference room affectionately known as "The Fishbowl." The complex underwent major renovations in the fall of 2011. New features that resulted from the renovations include a VIP conference room which overlooks McCann Arena, a second conference room, office space for each head coach, and an increase in the total number of offices.

The McCann Center underwent a 20,000-square-foot expansion in 1997 as a cost of $3 million to provide the College community and student-athletes access to a top-flight training and conditioning facility. This development saw the addition of an 11,000-square-foot Mondo-surfaced auxiliary gymnasium, used heavily by intramurals and club sports, locker rooms, offices, a student lounge and a 9,000-square-foot Strength and Conditioning Center.

Strength and Conditioning Center

The Strength and Conditioning Center encompasses two floors and is able to comfortably accommodate over 100 student-athletes. It provides cutting-edge equipment to assist with the physical training and development of all Marist student-athletes. The center has over 40 pieces of Wynmor free weight equipment and power lift equipment on the first floor, complemented by Ivanko dumbbells and Olympic lifting platforms.

The second level of the center is truly a multipurpose space. There are 38 pieces of Precor cardio equipment arrived, all outfitted with the latest Cardio Theatre technology. Each treadmill, elliptical, bike, arc trainer and stepper is equipped with an individual 12" television monitor. Each unit is connected to the 84-station campus cable network and equipped with an integrated headphone jack that allows the user to plug into the TV's audio. This technological advancement is common among health clubs that depend on membership for revenue, but rare among college campuses. Marist College is the first institution in the Northeast to install this style of integrated Precor Cardio Theatre. The Cardio Theatre-equipped cardiovascular training equipment overlooks the first floor of the center and surrounds the 21 Cybex selecterize circuit weight-resistance machines.

Throughout the center, Mondo All-Sport Impact flooring is utilized, creating a safe and highly durable surface. Additionally, a 900-square-foot aerobics hardwood floor is located on the second level of the Strength and Conditioning Center for use by all students, athletes, faculty and staff.

The James J. McCann Recreation Center and Strength and Conditioning Center are available for use by all Marist students, faculty, staff and McCann members during building hours:

Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. to Midnight
Saturday: Noon to 9 p.m.
Sunday: Noon to Midnight

*Marist staff members' use of the Strength and Conditioning Center is restricted to 9am to 2pm Monday through Friday.