Childress excited with new Ferris facilities

Former Panther is senior at FSU

Brandon Childress was a junior on last season's Ferris State national title team.

Brandon Childress was a junior on last season's Ferris State national title team.

John Raffel

BALDWIN – Brandon Childress was an All-Stater in football and basketball at Baldwin and is in his final season of intercollegiate sports as a wide receiver for Ferris State’s football team.

In his final season, he expressed his pleasure at the unveiling last week of Ferris’  Ferris State University's new Center for Athletics Performance officially opened on Sept. 14 as Bulldog student-athletes entered the strength and conditioning facility for the first time.

“It’s an exciting day for us,” he said. “I’m excited for the program. A lot of guys worked hard for this.”

A project intended to fortify Ferris' student-athletes and advance its programs into the future, the Center for Athletics Performance was officially approved in February of 2021 as part of a $15.3 million upgrade to the Bulldogs' Athletic Facilities. The upgrades will offer championship-caliber training and conditioning facilities to the nearly 400 Bulldog student-athletes and 17 varsity programs.

“It gives us a safe place to come in at the same time,” Childress said. “We can get away from everything and come in here locked in to what’s going on weight training wise. It’s great to see everybody enjoy the new facility.”

"This is really exciting and our student-athletes have earned this, both our current student-athletes and those that have came before," said current FSU Athletics Director Steve Brockelbank. "This facility is a result of all those years of great teams and competitive success. If you're going to compete at a championship level, you should train in a championship facility and this is a championship-level facility. I'm crazy excited about it."
FSU student-athletes had an opportunity to enter the facility on Wednesday evening (Sep 1) for the first time. Brockelbank and Head Strength & Conditioning Coach Andrew Thiede addressed the group in the facility and thanked both current and former student-athletes for achieving championship success to make the project possible. They also challenged them to bring the same intensity and determination in training into the new facility.

"Our athletes work so hard and they are deserving of having a facility like this," Thiede said. "This room is my toolbox and there's so many more things we can now do. It's such a nice space compared to what we had before and there's a new level of excitement. We're had great success despite where we were at and I'm excited to see how that perpetuates in this new facility.”

“Nothing will change in terms of our body of work,” Childress said. “We had the worse facilites in the GLIAC and now we have one of the best.”