During recent construction at Fieldcrest High School, the football team’s locker room was temporarily relocated to the school’s old weight room.
When Nick Meyer returned to his alma mater to oversee the football program, he asked administration if the move could be permanent, and they agreed.
“I used to lift weights there,” Meyer said. “It’s a special place for senior Fieldcrest football players.
“That means a lot [to have our own space]. I think the coolest thing about football is that you’re only guaranteed nine games in a season and everything after that you’re very lucky. With the bonds you make in football, I always tell the kids it’s the best sport in the world. I think it’s cool that we go in there and think, ‘This is our room.’ They will make it their own.”
The Knights have spent the summer converting the old weight room into their new home.
“We cleaned it up and prepared it for our players,” Meyer said. “We hung up some hooks for pads. We put a TV out there [which we’ll use for film]. We put up some benches. It feels like football there. That was definitely the goal.”
Meyer said the new locker room was used as storage during construction, and a group of soccer players helped move everything to where it now belongs.
He said the school’s maintenance staff and community members also lobbied for the locker room to be set up.
“There were some things that we needed to move for other teachers and athletes, and we were able to move them for them,” Meyer said. “We had about 25 kids there at 8am. They brought dolls and were ready to go. We have never had any problems finding good helpers in the football team. Between them and our staff, maintenance staff, parishioners and also our administration, when we needed help with something, a few hands shot up and they were ready to go. It definitely makes our work a lot easier.”
The new weight room will be housed in the newly built school annex. The weight room will feature equipment from the old weight room along with some new equipment, Meyer said.
The football team trains at Knight Fitness in Minonk in the summer and in the school’s weight room during the season.
“It’s great for all sports,” Meyer said of the new weight room. “We’re very fortunate that our coaches understand that it’s all about bigger, faster, stronger, and that starts in the weight room and conditioning. Our boys bought in.”
The new wing of the school also includes changing rooms for boys’ and girls’ athletics, a farming shop and classroom, and a greenhouse.
Meyer said it shows the support that led him back to his alma mater.
“With all of the things we do at the school, whether it’s the weight room, the locker room, or adding the farm store, it shows that the community and district support their students and student-athletes,” Meyer said. “That’s the most important. It shows children that if you will work hard in practice and in the classroom, we will work hard to make this your space and be proud of it.
“I appreciate the administration, our helping players, the maintenance crew for always being on hand, and definitely the community. They all volunteered their time. You love soccer. You love school. That’s why I wanted to come back here. The community fucking supports this place.”