Ohio University Eastern Athletics

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Ohio University Eastern (OUE) is a satellite campus of Ohio University in St. Clairsville, Ohio. Ohio’s Eastern Campus was established in 1957.

Academics
In 2019, the campus enrolled 516 students, 149 of whom were dual-enrolled high school students.[1] Beginning with the fall 2018 semester, Ohio University Eastern campus will offer a term-guaranteed tuition rate called the OHIO Guarantee.

Ohio University Eastern offers baccalaureate degrees in applied management, communication studies, community health services, criminal justice, early childhood education, exercise physiology, health services administration, history, middle childhood education, social work, specialized studies and technical & applied studies.

Students can begin the coursework for any of Ohio University’s 250 degrees on the Eastern Campus. All of the coursework completed at OUE will be transferred to the main campus in Athens, Ohio. The average class size in Ohio University Eastern is 15.

Athletics


Ohio University Eastern Campus and the four other Ohio University branch campuses dropped sports, effective the 2021 fall semester. Finances throughout Ohio University have been an issue since the outset of COVID-19 in March 2020, which forced the university to close its buildings and shift to a remote learning model. OUE sponsored men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball and golf as a part of the Ohio Regional Campus Conference. It also had cross country for a short period of time.

Campus
Ohio University Eastern comprises two facilities: Shannon Hall and the Health and Physical Education Center.

Wilson Shannon Hall
Shannon Hall, named after Ohio’s first native born governor, Wilson Shannon, is the primary educational facility on the campus. The original design of the Belmont County official seal, created by Ohio University alumnus Michael Massa, is located at the Shannon Hall entrance.

The Health and Physical Education Center (completed in 1997) is an athletic facility located between Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Columbus, Ohio. It serves as a community fitness center as well as the venue of the exercise physiology classrooms and labs. The center is the home to OUE’s athletic programs (men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, men’s and women’s cross country, golf) as well as the host to high school playoff contests such as the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference (OVAC) championships and the OHSAA sectional and district finals.

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Men’s Basketball

NameHTYearPOSHigh School
Ross Randolph6’2″FrGMaysville
Dom Mohr6’2″SoG/FRosecrans
Jake McElhaney6’6″SoFPhilo
Michael Fisher6’2″SoG/FRosecrans
Ryan Rider6’4″SoFTri Valley
Rhett Talbert6’0″SoFPhilo
Mason Edgell6’4″SoG/FMorgan
Cody Groves5’9″FrGMeadowbrook
Dallas Rowland6’3″FrFMaysville
Tanner Johnson6’4″FrFNewark
          
Zack Pollock – Head Coach    [email protected] 
Jake Kuhn – Assistant Coach     
          

Remaining Schedule:

Sat – January         5      Mansfield – Noon

Tues – January         8 @   Eastern – 6:30pm

Sat – January        12      Middletown – Noon

Tues – January       15       Lancaster – 6:30pm

Saturday January 19 @ Lancaster noon

Tues – January       22 @ Wayne – 6:30pm

Mon – January       28 @ Denison JV 6:00pm

Wed – January       30 @ Chillicothe – 6:00pm

Sat – February       2        Hamilton – Noon

First Round @ Chillicothe – Feb 16/17

Finals @ Wayne – Feb 23/24

Ohio Univeristy Eastern no longer sponsoring athletics

ATHENS — Intercollegiate athletics at Ohio University’s Eastern campus in St. Clairsville are no more.

Ohio University spokeswoman Carly Leatherwood confirmed the news late Wednesday that OUE and the four other branch campuses are dropping sports, effective for the upcoming fall semester.

OUE held a meeting Tuesday morning about the decision and informed the student-athletes shortly thereafter. OUE sponsored men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball and golf. It also had cross country for a short period of time.

Finances throughout Ohio University have been an issue since the outset of COVID-19 in March, which forced the university to close its buildings and shift to a remote learning model.

However, Leatherwood pointed out that though money was a factor, there had been discussions prior to that of shifting away from the Ohio Regional Campus Conference, which has existed since 1978.

“The pandemic accelerated these discussions as we, unfortunately, do not have the resources to be able to implement the safeguards that are required for safe, competitive sports on our regional campuses this fall,” Leatherwood said.

Along with OUE, other campuses affected by this move are Chillicothe, Lancaster, Southern and Zanesville.

Though these schools won’t feature ‘varsity’ athletics any longer, Leatherwood believes that “club or intramural” sports could occur eventually.

“We continue to believe that the opportunity to engage in healthy, physical activity is extremely important to many of our students, and so we plan to resume athletic programming once it is safe for us to do so,” Leatherwood said.

Jay Morris — who has worked at OUE for 30 years — became the men’s basketball coach in 1992-93 and held the position for 13 years. He guided the Panthers to one conference title in 2001.

“I think we had 23 teams in our league when I started and many of those teams were good,” Morris recalled of the ORCC. “The best part of coaching at OUE was the relationships you build with the players. I am still friends with many of those guys today. You really can’t put a price tag on that part (of coaching).

With sports coming to an end at OUE, there have been plenty of rumors surrounding the impending fate of the Health and Physical Education Center, which sits behind OUE’s Shannon Hall.

Leatherwood, however, said, “there is no intent to sell the facility at this time.”

The Health and Physical Education Center, which not only hosted OUE athletics, has also been the home of every OVAC Basketball Championship Game since the event’s inception and also hosts the OVAC All-Star Basketball Games as well as numerous community events, including St. Clairsville High School’s graduation.

The building also served as a public exercise facility, too. Since the pandemic arrived in mid March, the facility has been closed to the general public.

According to Leatherwood, that will continue to be the case.

“We are following the state’s guidance in keeping non-critical facilities closed during the pandemic,” Leatherwood said.

Fitness Center

Health and Physical Education Center

The Health and Physical Education Center is arguably the finest athletic, fitness and recreational facility located between Pittsburgh, PA and Columbus, OH. Built in 1997, the 50,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility features many amenities including a 3,500 seat arena, comprehensive community fitness center, classrooms, meeting space, and the exercise physiology laboratory.

The basketball arena is comparable to many Division I facilities and is home to all of the Ohio University Eastern athletic programs. In addition, the facility has become the host site for many area high school activities including the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference girls and boys basketball championships and the Ohio High School Activities Association sectional and district playoffs.

The OUE Fitness Center has remained a core component of the facility since its inception. Open to the student and local communities, the fitness center offers a complete package of strength, resistant training and cardiovascular training for people of all ages in a pleasant, non-threatening atmosphere.

Membership

Membership in the Ohio University Eastern Campus Fitness Center is available to members of the campus community and to the general public. Rates are available for individuals and for families. (Rates are subject to change without notice. Check at the Fitness Center for current rates and information.)

Free for Students

The Fitness Center is free for all Ohio University Eastern Campus students.

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Silver Sneakers is at the OUE Fitness Center

Silver Sneakers participants are welcome to use the OUE Fitness Center with no out-of-pocket costs. A Silver Sneakers membership card is required.


Amenities

Cardiovascular

  • Treadmills
  • Cycles
  • Climbers
  • Rowers
  • Ellipticals/Cross-Trainers

Fitness

  • Walking/Jogging Indoor Track
  • Instruction/Orientation
  • Variable Resistance Equipment
  • Free Weights
  • Progressive Assessment
  • Custom-designed Audio System

Aerobics

  • Certified Instructors
  • Beginning/Intermediate/Advanced Levels
  • Bench-Stepping Workouts
  • Low Impact Classes
  • Custom-designed Audio System

Courts

  • 2 Full-size Basketball Courts
  • 2 Full-size Volleyball Courts
  • No Court Fees

Locker Rooms

  • Full Size Lockers
  • Steam Room
  • Private Showers

Value-Added Services

  • Recreational Leagues
  • Dining Area with Walkout Patio
  • Meeting Rooms
  • OUE Varsity Athletic Sports Pass
  • Indoor Golf Driving Range
  • Putting Green

Hours

  • As of March 16, 2020, the OUE Fitness Center is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The reopening of the Fitness Center will be evaluated following State guidelines.
  • Regular Hours (during the academic school year)
    • Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    • Saturday & Sunday: Closed
    • (Hours subject to change, especially during holidays or special events.)
  • Summer Hours (May 10 – August 14, 2021)
    • Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    • Saturday & Sunday: Closed
    • (Hours subject to change, especially during holidays or special events.)

Please contact the Dean’s Office (740-699-2494) for more information.

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