Saalfeld Athletic Center

Renderings by Studio Petretti Architecture

Celebrating Our Past, Building for Our Future

On Tuesday, March 2, La Salle broke ground on the highly-anticipated Saalfeld Athletic Center. 

This next phase of campus development at La Salle will transform our beloved Brick Oven into a more functional, accessible, and hospitable athletic center. The project will include renovating the entrance, locker rooms, gym, and fitness center, as well as adding offices, a classroom, and a meeting area. When complete, the Saalfeld Athletic Center will better serve all students by enhancing the health and physical education programs and enriching the Falcon fan experience for generations to come.

On behalf of the students, faculty, staff and coaches, we give thanks to the La Salle community for giving so generously to this project and for making the Saalfeld Athletic Performance Center a reality. 

We are excited we are moving forward with this project that will have a direct impact on our students and community this coming fall. In order to fully supply this new space with equipment, furniture, displays and technology, we have approximately $145,000 in funding left to go. Providing these resources and furnishings is dependent upon our ability to close this gap. Your support, at any level, would be greatly appreciated! If you would like to get involved, make a gift, or visit campus and take a tour of the facility, please contact Andrea Burns at aburns@lsprep.org.

“The transformed facility will expand the opportunities our students will have to use physical fitness, health education, and athletics to develop healthy habits, reduce stress, and manage anxiety.”
Matt Winningham, Executive Director/CFO of La Salle Prep
 
 
Improvements include:

• 3,200 additional square feet 
• Improved security

• Increased accessibility

 

New facilities include:

• Concessions, merchandise, & ticketing space

• Flexible classroom & meeting space

• Training room & fitness center 

• Locker rooms & team rooms

• Athletic commons area

• Athletic department offices

• Hardwood gym floor
• Public restrooms 

 

View the Saalfeld Athletic Center floorplan

These improvements & new facilities will:
  • Encourage student health & wellness
  • Improve student safety & well-being
  • Provide increased accessibility & circulation
  • Expand programs & curricular opportunities
  • Encourage participation in athletics
 
Christ George '97 pitching as a student"I love being a La Salle Falcon. In my earliest days I enjoyed watching a variety of games and practices and couldn't wait to wear the uniform and compete in high school. Like so many alumni and current students, I was blessed to have been coached by role models who worked hard to achieve success for their team while simultaneously developing character in their athletes.
 
Fast forward a few decades and I have the unique privilege of leading our school community to ensure we accomplish these same goals. In an ever-changing society it is comforting to know the mission of our school and purpose of Falcon Athletics remains the same. However, this important work places great demands on our athletic facilities which are in need of a signifi cant overhaul. All La Salle students participate in health and wellness courses and over half participate in athletics, yet we struggle to provide them with adequate space to work and train. The Saalfeld Athletic Center will help us achieve our goal of providing our students, teachers, and coaches with the space they need to achieve success in the classroom, in competition, and in life.

Your support and cooperation to improve our facilities would be transformational, and a blessing to our students, our coaches, and our fans, especially the youngsters who dream of being a Falcon someday.” 
- Chris George '97
Athletic Director
 
 
Coach Hazel giving a high five to a player coming off the field“The Saalfeld Athletic Center will transform the physical fi tness and athletic development experience for all La Salle students. As a coach and teacher, I witness fi rst-hand the limitations of our current athletic facilities and I am excited about the opportunity to improve this experience for students, teachers, coaches, and fans.

The increased accessibility and effi ciency this new layout provides will positively impact every priority we set out to accomplish for our students, including greater security, increased access to coaches and teachers, clean and safe locker room environments, a larger training room and fi tness center, increased administrative presence, and enhanced curriculum opportunities.

For our athletic programs, the Saalfeld Athletic Center will facilitate our goals to help student-athletes reach their maximum potential as individuals and as teams by elevating the functionality and efficiency of the space. Most importantly, the Saalfeld Athletic Center will be a hub for Falcon Athletics, building upon the already strong sense of community that is the hallmark of La Salle.

Thank you for believing in our students and for supporting them in their eff orts to push their limits and make us all proud to be Falcons!”
- Aaron Hazel '99
Assistant Athletic Director
Head Varsity Football Coach
PE & Math Teacher
 
Aleah Goodman '17 taking a shot during the girls basketball championship in 2017“I am excited to hear about the plans for the Saalfeld Athletic Center! These improvements will encourage students to participate in sports and provide a more safe and secure environment for La Salle student-athletes. In addition, this eff ort will support the coaches, staff , and parents that work so hard to help our student-athletes reach their potential.

During my time at La Salle, our team goals included winning state championships. I also had a personal goal to play Division 1 basketball after high school. The Saalfeld Athletic Center will help the next generation of La Salle student-athletes reach their goals, just like I did. Go Falcons!”
- Aleah Goodman '17
OSU Women's Basketball
General Support
 
The Brick Oven serves as a community center for La Salle; a never-ending hub of activity where we gather for games, practices, pep rallies, school assemblies, fundraisers, and community events.  Help us provide the improvements necessary to ensure the Brick Oven continues to serve our community for generations to come!
 
 
La Salle Booster Club
 

The Booster Executive Board has committed to a fundraising goal of $100,000 to support the project. $50,000 of that goal will be provided over the next 3 years through ongoing activities the Boosters’ support (memberships, concessions & gate and our annual Steak & Seafood event). The remaining $50,000 is planned to come from direct fundraising activities. 

 

We are starting this work by engaging our athletics families in asking for a pledge in support of the project. The improvements will directly impact your young athletes via renovated locker rooms and team rooms, a beautiful new fitness center and training room, improved security, accessibility, and circulation throughout the facility, and a new gym floor. By contributing to this important project, you can help ensure your child will enjoy these enhanced facilities next fall!

 

Make a Gift as a Booster

 

La Salle Alumni Association

The Alumni Association is reaching out to Falcon graduates to raise $25,000 of its $75,000 gift for the Saalfeld Athletic Center. This generous gift will allow the Alumni Association to sponsor the new Athletic Offices in the Center. 
 
 
Cleghorn Court
 

La Salle is raising $150,000 to replace the gym’s original hardwood court and rename it after longtime Falcon teacher and basketball coach Jack Cleghorn.

 

Known for his animated coaching style, “The Legend” – as Cleghorn was known by his players – coached basketball at La Salle for 19 seasons between 1977 and 2001. The full-court press and sideline fast break he drilled into his teams served them well; the Falcon boys teams won state titles in 1981, 1983, 1984, and 1986.

 

Make a Gift for the Cleghorn Court

 

Naming the court for 'The Legend'

La Salle is raising $150,000 to replace the gym’s original hardwood court and rename it after longtime Falcon teacher and basketball coach Jack Cleghorn.

 

Known for his animated coaching style, “The Legend” – as Cleghorn was known by his players – coached basketball at La Salle for 19 seasons between 1977 and 2001. The full-court press and sideline fast break he drilled into his teams served them well; the Falcon boys teams won state titles in 1981, 1983, 1984, and 1986.

 

In addition to building the teams, the coach created a culture of excellence and pride around the program and school. No matter what your role was with the team – scorekeeper, statistician, or starter – you were important. Falcon fans became so loyal – and rambunctious – they were nicknamed the “zoo.”

 

“Everyone wanted to be part of this program,” said Mark McLaughlin '82, who played for Cleghorn in the early ‘80s. “The legend had been born.”

 

The coach’s reputation reached beyond La Salle. Before arriving in Milwaukie, Cleghorn had led Scappoose High School’s boys basketball teams to state titles in 1972 and 1973, earning him induction into the Scappoose Boosters’ Hall of Fame in 1999.

 

Cleghorn’s varsity boys basketball career win percentage of 84% (455 wins and 86 losses) remains the highest among all Oregon high school boys basketball coaches with more than 200 wins. He’s now #26 on the Oregon All-Time Boys Basketball Coaching Records list kept by Doug Calvert and linked to the Oregon School Activities Association’s website.

 

Cleghorn’s dominance in La Salle’s gym inspired many Falcon fans to begin referring to their home court as “Cleghorn Court.” School officials are now eager to make the moniker official by having it painted onto the new hardwood floor.

 

“Jack Cleghorn is an important part of our story and one that we are proud to celebrate with him and his former players,” said Matthew Winningham, La Salle’s Executive Director/CFO.

 

Cleghorn shares the glory with his athletes.

 

“My name wouldn’t be going on there if I didn’t have good kids at La Salle,” Cleghorn said. “They made me want to be a better coach every year.”

 

Cleghorn said he got results because he taught his athletes to work hard, “not play lazy,” and “play with a toughness people can respect.” Decades later, his former players still remember exhausting practices, where the coach would have them run, over and over again, 10 lengths of the court at full speed in less than a minute.

 

“I pushed my kids extremely hard,” said Cleghorn, “but they know how much I loved them.”

 

McLaughlin, who was on the 1981 state championship team, wrote that “the genius of Jack” was his ability to adjust his coaching to the needs of his teams and players.

 

“Some athletes he could ride extremely hard, and others he may say very little or offer more words of encouragement,” he said. “That’s why he was so successful: He could coach all different ways. He always got the best out of ALL his players.”

 

To donate toward the naming, visit lsprep.org/cleghorn/ or contact Andrea Burns ’97 at (503) 353-1424.

portrait of priest

Meet Father Saalfeld

Father Lawrence J. Saalfeld, the namesake of the Saalfeld Athletic Center, was a humble man who delighted in building community, forming young students in their faith, and being present to all he encountered.
 

“Father Saalfeld had a love of human connection,” said Andrea Burns, La Salle’s Vice President of Foundation and Major Gifts.

Throughout his career, Father Saalfeld focused on the development and education of students, understanding they were the ones to lead our future. During his retirement, he assisted and served on the La Salle Board of Trustees. 
 
As a member of the greater Milwaukie community for more than 32 years, be it as the pastor of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, a mentor to the president of La Salle, or as "Kris Kringle" greeting students in La Salle's halls, Father Saalfeld was noted for his listening ear, wise counsel, and easy smile.
 

“Once he met you,” said former La Salle President Denise L. Jones, “you were a forever friend.”

 

Father Saalfeld was also a faithful fan of the Falcons. He loved to cheer for the student-athletes, and was often seen in the top right corner of the Brick oven's bleachers (right behind the players bench), surrounded by friends.
 
In celebration of Father Saalfeld's commitment to the Catholic faith and education of young people, La Salle Prep names the Saalfeld Athletic Center in his honor. This has been made possible through the generosity and kindness of the late Robert W. Franz and Elsie Franz Finley, who admired and cherished their friendship with this remarkable man.
FUNDRAISING DEADLINE:
DEC. 31 2019
 
For more information or to pledge your support, contact Andrea Burns '97 at aburns@lsprep.org or 503.353.1424

We have $500,000 left to raise before we can break ground -- join the effort and help us make this happen by Fall 2020!