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New Boathouse for Rowing Team

Thursday, October 27, 2016
Robert Morris University debuted its latest athletics facility on Saturday, Oct. 22, with the opening of McPhail Boathouse at the RMU Island Sports Center on Neville Island.

The boathouse is named in honor of former head coach Midge McPhail, who passed away in September 2015 after a battle with lung disease caused by complications of Sjögren's Syndrome. She was RMU's head rowing coach from 2006 to 2015. McPhail Boathouse provides improvements and enhancements for RMU rowing as a sustainable home for the program and its student-athletes, and enhances recruiting capabilities. Included in the boathouse is an improved access path and dock that allows student-athletes to effectively transport boats to the water and back. The access path runs through the Paradise Lanes property, with the Saunier family providing a model partner.

"Today is an exciting day for our program," head coach Nelle Stahura said. "Not only do we honor Midge and all she did for this program with the opening of this boathouse, but we have a place to call home for our student-athletes. The future for RMU rowing is extremely bright."

McPhail's daughter, Jada, officially opened the boathouse by cutting the ribbon as part of the ceremony. She was also joined by her father, Jimmie Burks, and an audience of about 150.