University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

ARCHIVE: UMHB names new field house for Cummins family

June 16, 2011
Cummins Field House
Cummins Field House

Belton, Texas – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor announced today that a new field house annex for the Crusader football program will be called “Cummins Field House” in honor of Chris and Cindy Cummins of College Station, Texas. 

“We are delighted that the field house annex will carry the Cummins name,” said Dr. Randy O’Rear, president of UMHB.  “Chris and Cindy have provided generous support for the football program for a number of years because they believe strongly in the program and believe our coaches are making a positive impact in the lives of our student athletes.  It is a special pleasure for us to recognize them in this way.”

Chris Cummins grew up near the UMHB campus in Belton and played tackle for the Belton High football team.  He completed his bachelor’s degree in business administration at UMHB in 1975, just a few years after the college officially became coed.  As a student, he worked in the accounting department of Mobil Chemical in nearby Temple, and after graduation he and Cindy moved to the Midland/Odessa area where Chris went to work in the oil field service industry.  Today the Cummins make their home in College Station, and Chris travels the U.S. as senior vice president of Proppant, an affiliate of Frac Tech Services, which supplies fracturing sands for the petroleum industry.

Cummins Field House will provide an additional 9,429 square feet of space for the Crusader football program, with expanded locker rooms, showers and restroom facilities for the players.  The new facility is being built adjacent to the existing Andersen Field House, next to the football practice fields on Crusader Way.  An architectural tower and a covered walkway will connect the two buildings, and the entire facility will be finished in red brick with masonry accents. 

The construction schedule for the $2 million project calls for the complex to be completed in September, and the university will hold ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremonies soon thereafter.