Roland Hall -- Basketball, Volleyball
Named after Admiral E. J. Roland (Class of 1929), who served as Commandant of the Coast Guard. Roland was Captain of the Coast Guard football squad that won the President's Cup in a competition with the Army, Navy and Marines. The First Lady, Mrs. Lou Henry Hoover, presented the trophy.
Completed in 1967, Roland Hall is a five-level structure overlooking the Thames River. Roland houses Merriman Gym, where our volleyball and basketball teams compete and Roland Pool, home to our swimming and diving teams. The six-lane, 25-yard pool is also used daily for athletic training programs for our cadet-athletes, physical education courses, as well as military training programs necessary to carry out the missions of the Coast Guard for all cadets.
Our Varsity Weight Room, Indoor Track, and Athletics Administrative offices also exists in Roland. On the ground floor, our cadet-athletes take advantage of the newly renovated Athletic Training Room and our Cadet-Athlete Fueling Station. Our Tennis Courts, High-Ropes Course, and our Obstacle Course are all located on the grounds of Roland Hall.
Cadet Memorial Field -- Football, Men's and Women's Lacrosse
The Academy's football field and stadium complex was originally named Jones Field in memory of Cadet Henry L. Jones, the first cadet to die while on duty when he was washed overboard while on a training mission. Now Cadet Memorial Field honors all cadets who have died at sea or on duty. A memorial inscribed, "To God I resign my spirit; my life to my country" can be found across from Billard Hall on the right side of the field's entrance.
The field's state-of-the-art turf system was installed in 2004, which was made possible due to the donations from the class of 1953. The Football Press Box was funded by Roger Walther class of ‘58, along with the Otto Graham Athletic Legacy Fund, and the 1963 Football Championship Team. The press box was dedicated in 2009. In addition to our football games, CMF hosts both our men’s and women’s lacrosse games.
Nitchman Field -- Baseball, Softball, Soccer, Track
Nitchman Field is named after Professor and Coach, Nelson Nitchman who retired in 1989 after 44 years at the Academy. He was the Assistant Physical Education Director and Director of Intramurals. During his tenure, Nitchman coached Football, Basketball and Baseball.
The Lower Field Complex includes the Softball Field, Baseball Field, Soccer Turf, and Outdoor Track. This area of the campus runs along the Thames River and includes the Rowing Center and Jacobs Rock, the Sailing Center.
The Soccer Turf and Track were renovated in 2006. The Press Box was dedicated in 2008 with members of the class of ’53 whose donations made it possible.
Roland Pool is home to our men’s and women’s swimming and diving program. The six-lane, 25-yard pool is also used daily for athletic training programs for our cadet-athletes, physical education courses, as well as military training programs necessary to carry out the missions of the Coast Guard for all cadets.
Coast Guard Academy Rowing Center
Built in 1982, the United States Coast Guard Academy Rowing Center sits directly on the Thames River at the northern tip of campus, just north of the Gold Star Bridge in New London.
Once launched, cadets have 24 miles of river to train on. The Rowing Center includes three boat bays, indoor tanks, training space complete with ergometers and weights, men’s and women’s locker rooms and coaches’ offices. This wonderful facility was provided to our cadets by the USCGA Alumni Association and the Coast Guard Academy Foundation.
Billard Hall is named after Rear Admiral Frederick C. Billard, Superintendent of the Cutter School of Instruction from 1914-1918. Credited as the founder of the modern Coast Guard Academy, Billard moved the Academy from Fort Trumbull to its current location in 1932 and expanded the curriculum to four years. Billard established the school's motto, Scientiae Cedit Mare (The Sea Yields to Knowledge) in 1920, and was an outstanding proponent of competitive sports.
Built in 1932, Billard Hall was our primary indoor athletics facility before Roland Hall was built. Today Billard Hall is a multipurpose space primarily used by our Cadet Corps. Billard houses a pool, our wrestling room, a cardio fitness room, and our newly dedicated Otto Graham Hall of Athletic Excellence.
The Otto Graham Hall of Athletic Excellence contains our Athletic Hall of Fame inductee awards and celebrates the history and tradition of athletics in the lives of our Corps of Cadets. The members of the Hall of Fame are former Academy Athletes and Honorary Members who have upheld the Coast Guard's core values of Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty.
Billard Hall Weight Room
Jacob's Rock -- Sailing & Seamanship Center
Jacob’s Rock, is situated on the Thames River. The building is the home of the Academy’s varsity sailing teams and sail training programs. As one of the best waterfront sailing facilities in the country, many of the most prominent college sailing events are hosted at Jacob’s Rock each year.
Jacob’s Rock is a three level structure that includes men’s and women’s locker rooms, sail storage bay, boat bay and a large silo on the first floor. The All-American room, trophy displays, coaches’ offices, team room and large meeting room are on the second deck. The observation deck on the third floor offers unparalleled spectating on the race course.
Built in 1984, the facility was built with contributions to the Coast Guard Foundation from the USCGA Alumni Association, private citizens, corporations and foundations interested in the United States Coast Guard Academy.