The Most Improved award goes to the Falcons locker room this year.

Generous gifts from Matt Burow of Catalyst Construction and several other donors made possible an overhaul of the men’s facilities this past summer. Concordia held a dedication ceremony on Aug. 18. It had been more than three decades since the locker room last received upgrades.

The project included the installation of new flooring, 150 lockers with industrial-grade wooden doors, LED lighting, renovated showers, and a state-of-the-art audiovisual entertainment system.

“For athletes, a locker room is so much more than just a place to get ready for competition or practice,” says Director of Athletics Rob Barnhill. “It’s a place where values are imparted through inspiring talks from coaches, player bonds are built, and important pregame rituals occur. It’s a place that can set the tone for the season. With this renovation, our locker rooms now meet the caliber of our programs.”

Alumni athletes and other Falcons supporters still have several opportunities to contribute, including naming rights on lockers. Visit to give.

This story first appeared in the fall 2021 issue of Hearts Together, a Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor special magazine edition. The fall/winter 2021 Hearts Together magazine hit mailboxes in late September. View a PDF version of the magazine here. If you are not on our mailing list, but are interested in receiving a free copy, email

— This story is written by Kali Thiel, director of university communications for Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. She may be reached at or 262-243-2149.

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