Artificial Turf Field Coming Soon
When future San Marcos Academy Bears take the field for football and soccer games, they will line up on the artificial turf of a new athletic field complex, thanks to a $900,000 gift from the Emmett and Miriam McCoy Foundation.
Mrs. Miriam McCoy presented the gift March 8 to SMA President Jimmie Scott and Vice President for Development Bobby Dupree at a meeting that included her son Brian McCoy, CEO and President of McCoy’s Building Supply, and her daughter, Brenda McCoy Remme. The McCoy and Remme families have been long-time supporters of the Academy, and three of Mrs. McCoy’s grandchildren are SMA graduates: Reid McCoy ’97, Meagan McCoy Jones ’00 and the late Keith Remme ‘98.
The gift, one of the largest ever presented to the Academy, will enable the school to replace its 35-year-old grass field with artificial turf and, with funds from additional donors, exchange the unsealed cinder track with an all-weather rubberized running track surface.
Artificial Turf: Site Work Now Underway
Work on the artificial turf field and track is expected to be completed for the 2017 football season, and early site work (the taking of soil core samples) is already underway and administrators are visiting with potential contractors. A dedication ceremony is tentatively planned for Homecoming weekend in October.
Other improvements at the site, according to Scott, will include the addition of more seating space and terracing along the sides of the stadium as well as upgrades to the concession stand and press box. These projects were made possible by donations from the Saundra Lane Family and by gifts from the SMA Class of 2014 and 2015.
Thanks to the McCoy Foundation and Family
“We are grateful beyond words for the generous gift that Mrs. McCoy has given us through the Emmett and Miriam McCoy Foundation,” Scott said. “The McCoy and Remme families have been dear friends and supporters of our school for many years, and we cannot thank them enough for their help with this project.”
The new artificial turf field will be a multi-purpose venue for football, soccer, JROTC, recreation and many other activities. “It will not only be a safer surface for our students to use, but without the need for irrigation, it will enable us to drastically reduce our use of water, which is such a precious resource in the hill country,” Scott explained. “The environmental impact of a turf field on our campus will be significant.”
Speaking for the McCoy Foundation, Brian McCoy said, “We know how difficult it is for a private school to make capital improvements without outside support. My mother and all our family are pleased to fund this important project.”
Celebrating its 90th year in business, McCoys is one of the largest family-owned businesses in the building supply industry. From its corporate headquarters in San Marcos, the company operates 86 building supply locations, two millworks facilities and five internal distribution centers in a five-state area. Reid McCoy and Meagan McCoy Jones represent the fourth generation to be involved in leading the company.