Centennial Perspectives

More on Buildings...Named Athletic Fields

Cochrane Field

BGSU soccer’s home field is named after Cornelius R. Cochrane, better known as “Mickey” in the Falcon community and beyond. Coach Cochrane developed the BGSU soccer and lacrosse programs into intercollegiate competitors, beginning in 1965. Mickey coached soccer until 1977, with a 68-56-14 career soccer record, and his teams also made 2 appearances in NCAA tournament play. Mickey coached lacrosse until 1975. The Soccer field was named in his honor in 1980, and with improvements made in 1995, Cochrane Field is considered one of the finest collegiate soccer facilities in the nation. In 1993, Mickey was inducted into the BGSU Athletic Hall of Fame.

Source: BG News 01/26/79, 10/10/79, 1/18/80. 9/28/95;
BGSU Athletic Hall of Fame website
Oberlin College Athletic Hall of Fame website

Forrest Creason Golf Course

Forrest Creason (1913-1982) served Bowling Green for 24 years in numerous capacities. He joined BGSU as the freshman football coach (1951-1954), but is most remembered for his 13 years as head golf coach (1957-1969), where his teams compiled a 119-116-7 record. He also was an associate professor in health and physical education beginning in 1970, and retired in 1975.

Source: BG News 4/3/62, 6/4/69, 9/21/80
Daily Sentinel-Tribune Obituary 4/24/82

Keefe Tennis Courts

BGSU’s women’s tennis home courts, the Keefe Courts, are named after Dr. Robert Keefe (1918-2005), who coached the tennis team from 1955-1968 and compiled an 83-76 record. Dr. Keefe served as a professor in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation program, and was the assistant dean of the College of Education. Dr. Keefe retired in 1978, and was inducted into the BGSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1997.

Source: BG News 09/12/1980Kbr/> BGSU Athletic Hall of Fame website
Daily Sentinel-Tribune obituary 1/2/06

Meserve Softball Field

The home field for BGSU Softball is Meserve Softball Field, dedicated on October 3, 2008, for Dr. Lee and Marge Meserve. Dr. Meserve, Distinguished Teaching Professor, serves as a professor of biological sciences at BGSU, joining the faculty in 1973. In addition, Dr. Meserve has contributed as BGSU’s faculty athletic representative during his tenure. Marge Meserve served the community as a medical technologist at Wood County Hospital, where she also was the supervisor for the blood bank. The couple has been enthusiastic fans of all Falcon athletic teams, and can be found at many athletic events cheering for the university’s student athletes.

Source: BGSU Marketing Press release 10/3/2008 (Mike Cihon)

Steller Field

BGSU’s Steller Field, the home of Falcon baseball, is named after Warren E. Steller (1897-1974), who served the University as the Athletic Director from 1924-1941. In addition, He was the head coach of basketball, football (1924-1935), and baseball (1924-1959), as well as a Health and Physical Education instructor, retiring in 1964. He was inducted into the BGSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1965.

Source: BG News 08/08/74 Obituary
BGSU Athletic Hall of Fame website

Whittaker Track

BGSU’s outdoor all-weather track is named for Robert H. Whittaker (1904-1990), who served as Bowling Green’s track coach for 12 years (1942-48, 1956-60) and as head football coach for 14 years (1941-1954). Whittaker also was an associate professor of health and physical education. Coach Whittaker was inducted into the BGSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1968.

Source: BG News 06/23/66
BGSU Athletic Hall of Fame website
Daily Sentinel-Tribune Obituary 6/7/90