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The center piece of Bearkat strength and conditioning program is Sam Houston State's 11,000-square foot Ron Randleman Strength and Fitness Center.

One of the finest intercollegiate strength and fitness centers in the Southwest, the facility consists of coaches' offices, men's and women's dressing rooms and a 9,000 square foot area for weights. The center is used by all 17 Bearkat intercollegiate athletic teams.

The formal dedication ceremony for the center was held Saturday, Oct. 28, 2006. The facility is named for Ron Randleman, head football coach at Sam Houston for 23 years (from 1982 to 2004). Randleman totaled 132 victories and led the Bearkats to five conference championships and four national playoff appearances during his coaching tenure.

He served as director of athletics from 1984 to 1990, coordinating the University's move from the NAIA and Lone Star Conference to membership in the Southland Conference and competition at the NCAA Division I level.

During his 36 years as a head football coach, Randleman compiled a career record of 219 victories, 166 losses, and six ties to rank sixth all-time among NCAA Division I-AA coaches in total wins. During his tenure at William Penn, Pittsburg State, and Sam Houston, he won 11 conference championships and directed teams to post-season play 10 times. He was honored as regional or conference “Coach of the Year” 12 times.

The new center was made possible by a gift of $250,000 by Houston businessman and Bearkat alum Ron Mafrige.

The 11,000 square foot facility will be utilized by student-athletes from all 17 varsity sports. The center consists of coaches' offices, men's and women's dressing rooms, and a 9,000 square foot area for weights.

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