CAT TRAX: WORTH THE WEIGHT
By: Dan Morse (UNH Athletic Media Relations)
DURHAM, N.H. – Over the summer, the University of New Hampshire athletic department made vast improvements and expansions to the Jerry Azumah Performance Center.
workout facility, which was originally 4,000 square feet, grew to
over 6,000 square feet in size. The performance
center now comes equipped with 15,000 pounds of Iron Grip weights,
7,000 pounds of Iron Grip dumbbells and 5,000 pounds of Olympic
Weights. Along with the weights, there are now
18 Powerlift Platform Stations, 12 Hammer Strength Machines, eight
reverse hyper/glutham machines, eight adjustable benches, six
spinners and two pillar systems. With all of
these new additions, the Jerry Azumah Performance Center has nearly
doubled its amount of workout equipment, providing UNH athletes
with not only more room to workout and train, but more equipment to
Jerry Azumah graduated from UNH in 1999, and had smashed four NCAA Division I-AA career records, not to mention was the recipient of the Walter Payton Award in 1998 for his performance as the nation’s top offensive player. He later went on to be drafted by the Chicago Bears in the fifth round of the 1999 NFL Draft. When he was 25 years old, Azumah became the youngest UNH alum to give a gift of over $100,000 when he funded the Jerry Azumah Performance Center. Azumah holds numerous University records, including rushing touchdowns (60), and touchdowns overall (69), not to mention Division I-AA records for rushing yards (6,193), and all purpose yards (8,376). Azumah retired from the NFL in 2006, but continues to keep in touch with his alma mater and is always looking for ways to help.
The Jerry Azumah Performance Center is located in the University of New Hampshire Field House and is designated for the UNH athletic teams and athletes. The strength and conditioning coach for the Wildcats is Paul Chapman.