Chandler Athletic Center
Located in the heart of the Williams campus and the center of Williamstown, the John Wesley Chandler Athletic Center was recognized in 1991 as a Facility of Merit by Athletic Business magazine for the way it connects existing Williams athletic facilities and adds to the business district in "the Village Beautiful."
Named after the 12th president of Williams, the Chandler Athletic Center connects Lasell Gymnasium, the Simon Squash Center, the fitness center, crew tanks, Lansing Chapman Rink and Towne Field House into a true athletic mega-plex.
Dedicated in the fall of 1987, the Chandler Athletic Center provides the best in competitive environments and catapulted Williams into the nation's upper echelon. In 1988, the pool in Chandler opened for competitive use and has played host to several New England Championships and three NCAA Division III Championship Meets. On May 20, 2000 the 50-meter (60-foot) wide pool was officially named The Carl R. Samuelson and Robert B. Muir Pool.
Muir and Samuelson coached a combined 62 years at Williams. In Muir's 30 years, the Ephs never had a losing season. Samuelson coached the next 32, highlighted by two NCAA Div. III titles (1982 & 1983) and an amazing 11 years in a row of winning the men's and women's New England Championship in the same year.
The pool contains two movable bulkheads that allow for a warm-up area, competition pool and separate diving well. The Bob Muir Gallery offers seating for 400.
The gymnasium in Chandler can accommodate 1,561 for basketball games, in addition to the standing-room-only areas that fill up for NCAA tournament games and the annual clash with Amherst. The volleyball team plays and practices there as well. The gym floor is on the same level as the pool and the trainer's room, which provides the latest in sports medicine, rehabilitation and injury prevention.
During the construction of Chandler, the old pool in Lasell was filled in and re-designed as a state-of-the-art fitness center featuring equipment from Atlantis, Eleiko, Cybex, Cemco, Nebula, Omni, Flex, Samson, Forge, Nebula, Stairmaster, Tribar, Strive, Hammer Strength, and Magnum.
An indoor rowing tank was also installed below the Fitness Center and all of the locker rooms in Lasell were updated and team rooms added for opponents.
Chandler Athletic Center also houses coaches' offices for most of the Eph varsity teams. The Al Shaw Basketball Coaches Offices for men's and women's basketball overlooks Spring Street and provides a team meeting and video-viewing area.
Lasell Gym, built in 1886, serves as a physical education area, practice area for JV basketball, and is the home of Williams wrestling. In addition, it contains an indoor running track, a dance studio, and three golf nets.
The climate controlled wrestling room, also located in Lasell, contains two full mats that are cleaned daily. Wrestling matches are held in the gymnasium area of Lasell, which provides an unbeatable atmosphere.
The Simon Squash Center
In the fall of 1998, Williams formally dedicated the Carol Girard and Cynthia Stewart Simon Squash Center, thanks to the vision and generosity of Williams alum and former squash captain, William E. Simon, Jr. '73. Boasting twelve cement-plaster courts (nine of them glass-backed), brand new coaches' offices and housing the state-of-the-art Henze Fitness Center, all set like a magnificent jewel right in the center of campus, Williams College proudly offers its players the finest squash facility in the country.
Lansing Chapman Rink seats 2,500 for ice hockey and has separate team rooms for the men's and women's teams and a trainer's room. Lansing Chapman Rink is 200' X 85' and has also hosted, in recent years, the Bay State Winter Games figure skating competition. The rink also serves as an indoor training and competition site for men's and women's tennis in the fall and spring.
Lansing Chapman Rink
First used in September of 1970, the Herbert S. Towne Field House is a double-domed (technically a "hyperbolic paraboloid") structure that is 252 feet long and 152 feet wide and is used for men's and women's indoor track and men's and women's tennis. It contains a 195-yard Rekortan track, pole vaulting, long jump and high jump pits, and shot put and weight throw area.
Towne Field House also accommodates men's and women's lacrosse, baseball, football, softball, men's and women's tennis and men's and women's soccer in inclement weather and/or pre-season workouts.
Weston Field is home to men's and women's outdoor track, football and, since the fall of 2004, field hockey. The seating capacity of the grass football field is 10,000, with ample room for standees and tailgating. In November of 1989 Williams set a New England Division III football attendance mark when 13,671 showed up to see the Ephs conclude their first perfect (8-0-0) season with a 17-14 win over Amherst.
The eight-lane, all weather Tony Plansky Track has served as host for NESCAC, ECAC, New England Division III and New England Division I championships since its installation in 1987. The track can accommodate steeplechase races and has separate high jump, long jump and triple jump pits. The 400-meter Plansky Track features the Action Track surface.
Renzie W. Lamb Turf Field
On October 16, 2004 the Renzie W. Lamb artificial turf field was dedicated. Lamb Field will serve as the home of Eph field hockey and as a pre-season site for men's and women's lacrosse and home early season games until Cole Field is available. If Cole Field is unplayable men's and women's soccer may also utilize the facility.
The lighted Lamb Field is a regulation size men's soccer field measuring 360' X 240' and is currently lined for soccer, field hockey, men's and women's lacrosse. Lamb Field can also be painted for home football games with advance notice.
The surface is Tackle Turf, which is manufactured by Sportexe. It is a 1-1/4" blade with a rubber infill and it sits on a rubber subsurface layer.
Just beyond the scoreboards for football and field hockey lies one of America's prettiest golf courses -- The Taconic Golf Club. Owned by the college, Taconic frequently ranks among golf magazines' top five college-owned courses in the nation and is ranked in the top 100 golf courses in the world. Par is 71 for the 6,614 yard (blue tees), 18-hole course which has hosted NCAA Small College, National Junior Championship, National Senior Amateur and the 1999 NCAA Division III men's tournaments.
Picturesque Taconic Golf Club
On the 14th hole there is a stone marker to indicate the site of legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus' first hole-in-one, made while he was competing in the national junior championships.
In the fall of 1999 the Ephs moved their home cross-country meets to nearby Mt. Greylock Regional High School. The college and the high school teamed up to improve and lengthen the existing high school route into one of the top running courses in all of New England. There is plenty of parking, locker rooms, and a gym for inclement weather.
The course has flat grass fields, two rolling woods loops (much with chips, other parts dirt and grass), a rolling meadow loop, and is a true cross country racing route, without any pavement whatsoever. The route is very scenic and a great spectator course, as the runners are continually returning from the various small loops to the central field.
X-C Loop at Mount Greylock
Men's and women's cross country has also hosted competitions on the college-owned, traffic-restricted Mount Hope Farm just south of the campus on Route 43. The Mount Hope Farm course offers a challenging route that is run primarily over grassy terrain and dirt paths.
On the north end of campus the college maintains 18 all weather and six clay courts for tennis. The outdoor tennis courts have been a popular site for NESCAC Championships and played host to the 1998 NCAA Division III men's championships. The opening of the re-designed and rebuilt Chaffee Tennis House to complement the three new Torrence M. Hunt '44 Tournament Courts in the spring of 1997 gave Williams tennis unsurpassed facilities.
Just past the tennis courts to the north is Cole Field House, where Eph teams and opponents dress for intercollegiate contests down below on Cole Field. A complete overhaul of Cole Fieldhouse was recently completed. Team locker rooms, meeting rooms, equipment room and a trainer's room are located in Cole Field House.
Cole Field is a natural amphitheater that is surrounded by the splendor of the Berkshire hills and is home to Eph football (practice), men's and women's soccer, men's and women's lacrosse, softball and club rugby teams. Spacious and meticulously maintained, Cole Field can host football practice (three lighted fields), men's and women's varsity soccer games (and JV practice or games) and men's and women's rugby simultaneously.
Cole Field was the site of the 1993 and 1995 NCAA men's soccer national semifinals and finals. The Ephs won the 1995 NCAA title on Cole Field with a 2-1 win over previously undefeated Methodist College.
In 1999, Cole Field was the site of the NCAA Division III women's soccer national semifinals and finals and the Ephs finished third. ECAC championship events have been played regularly on Cole Field in softball, men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer and field hockey.
In the fall of 2004 the Bobby Coombs Baseball field was re-located from Weston Field on the south end of campus to Cole Field on the northern end of the campus. The re-located Bobby Coombs Field is one of the finest collegiate fields in the northeast with a permanent outdoor fence, macadam warning track, dugouts and an extensive drainage system in a setting that is close to idyllic. The dimensions of Coombs Field are 330 ft. down the foul lines, 375 ft. to the power alleys and 400 ft. to dead center.
The men's and women's crew teams conduct their practices and home events on Lake Onota in nearby Pittsfield, where activity centers on the new Shaw Boathouse.
The men's and women's ski teams practice and compete at Jiminy Peak (Hancock, MA) and Prospect Mountain (Woodford, VT). Slalom and giant slalom events are conducted at Jiminy Peak, while the 10K and 15K cross-country races are held at Prospect Mountain. Both facilities are within 15 miles of the campus.