Opened August 2007, the state-of-the-art Jeffrey and Kimberly Yordon Center benefits all 467 student-athletes and all 17 programs on campus.
The Yordon Center provides Huskie student-athletes with facilities in which to develop their minds, bodies and spirits as they work toward achieving academic and athletic success. It is a cornerstone facility in Northern Illinois' goal to provide each and every student-athlete with a "world-class" experience while wearing the Huskie uniform.
The heart of the 62,000-square foot facility is the Frances and George Wilkins Academic Support Center (honoring Carole & Joe Novak), featuring one-on-one tutorial rooms, a group study room and a fully-equipped computer lab, as well as offices for the counselors of the Student-Athlete Academic Support Services (SAASS). This area brings the staff of SAASS into more direct daily contact with NIU's student-athletes.
At the Yordon Center, Huskie student-athletes now have the luxury of working out in the brand new strength and conditioning center. The spacious new area has had an immediate impact on NIU programs as student-athletes will train on new equipment with a variety of machines, as well as a four-lane sprint track. The 12,500 square-foot Strength and Conditioning Center is large enough to enable NIU's professional strength and conditioning coaches to avoid scheduling conflicts while allowing space for warm-ups, plyometric exercises and speed and agility activities.
All Huskie student-athletes also benefit from the new Athletic Training Room, which has dramatically increased the space and improved facilities used by NIU's professional athletic training staff and the team doctors to prevent, treat and rehabilitate injuries. Doctors and trainers alike have been provided all the tools they need, as the Yordon Center's state-of-the-art health center features an X-ray room, doctor's office, two rehabilitation pools, a drug testing area and offices for staff.
The nearby Equipment Room features an expandable storage system, laundry drop system, pass through lockers and ample counter and work space for student managers.
The Yordon Center is now full-time home of the Huskie football program and both the student-athletes and coaches enjoy new locker rooms, meeting rooms and office space. The beautiful new football locker room provides the team with not only 120 lockers, but an informal gathering space and a comfortable area to relax and prepare before and after practice.
On the second floor, the Huskie coaching staff works and meets in new offices with the latest in video equipment. The offices include three conference rooms, a head coaching suite and nine assistant coaches' offices overlooking Brigham Field as well as a video editing room. The second floor also includes meeting rooms for each position group, as well as the tiered classroom with capacity of 150, which can also be used by Student-Athlete Academic Support Services for larger group sessions.
Every aspect of the Yordon Center is designed to help NIU meet its goal of providing a "world class" experience for its current Huskie student-athletes, and to ensure the ongoing success of the Northern Illinois intercollegiate athletic program by providing an impressive welcome for prospective student-athletes and their families, alumni, donors, guests and visitors.