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Martindale Renovation

Building Bearcat Champions
Better, Faster, Stronger

CHAMPIONSHIP CULTURE is more than trophies in the case and “wins” in the record book. It starts from the time a third grader attends their first sports camp or a recruit steps foot on campus. The culture at Northwest Missouri State University is unmistakable. It’s proven.

Northwest understands the needs of today’s athletes and invests in students’ needs on and off the court, field and pitch. Through the expansion and renovation of Martindale Hall, student needs will be significantly enhanced with state-of-the-art equipment and increased collaboration between Bearcat athletics and academic leaders in the School of Health Science and Wellness.

We are constantly looking to improve our student-athlete experience at Northwest, and our athletic training and strength and conditioning programs are a large piece of the puzzle. Giving our trainers and strength coaches access to state-of-the-art equipment for the development and treatment of our athletes is a big deal. The improvements to Martindale Hall will play a significant role in those opportunities for our current and future student-athletes.

– Ben McCollum
Former Men’s Basketball Head Coach
Four-time NCAA Division II Champions

Rendering of Well-Being Lab

Rendering of Well-Being Lab

The new sport science lab presents newfound potential and opportunity in how we can better develop and treat our student athletes. Oftentimes when a student athlete is injured and goes through the rehabilitation process, we don’t have baseline measurements to track where they were or just how far they have improved pre- and post-injury. This new sports science lab gives us that potential. Having the ability to use the latest technology to obtain baseline measurements and track our student athletes gives our athletic trainers and team physicians more objective data to be able to make more informed return-to-play decisions as well as aiding in the injury prevention aspect of sports medicine.

Matt Cannella
Bearcat Head Athletic Trainer

Matt Cannella

Rendering of Foods and Nutrition Lab

Rendering of Foods and Nutrition Lab

If I want athletes to accomplish goals set in the weight room and during games, students have to properly nourish their bodies. Whether time, access or resources are to blame, many students simply do not maintain the level of nutrients needed to excel. The proximity of the foods and nutrition lab will allow for even more discussion and collaboration around creatively fueling today’s athletes.

– Joe Quinlin
Bearcat Strength and Conditioning Coach

Currently, Bearcat men and women’s basketball, football, volleyball, dance and cheer all use Martindale Hall for practice, team meetings and testing athletes on such things as RMR (Resting Metabolic Rate). A handful of athletic staff also teach courses within the school, greatly increasing the hands-on, real-world training today’s learners crave.

The expansion will also bring programming aimed at mental wellbeing and nutrition literally next door to athletics. The renovated Martindale Hall will include a state-of-the-art food and nutrition lab as well as psychology labs and will bring together faculty in the disciplines of psychology, dietetics, recreation and physical education.

The renovation and expansion of Martindale Hall is ongoing and needs your support. Northwest must raise $8.5 million, which is half of the project’s $17 million cost, by December of 2024.

Will You Join Us in Being a Health Champion?

Learn more by contacting the Northwest Foundation at
660.562.1248 or