The Rider University Schimek Family Fitness Center, located in the Student Recreation Center, is a facility dedicated for the recreational use of Rider students, graduate students, faculty, staff, affiliates, alumni and the community. Membership eligibility is determined by the individual’s primary affiliation with Rider University.
Coppola Pool (Canastra Health and Sports Center)
Coppola Pool, located in the Canastra Health and Sports Center on the Rider University campus, is home to the Bronc swimming & diving program. The facility, which was built in the mid 1960s, was officially renamed for former Bronc swimming & diving head coach Richard Coppola by the University's Board of Trustees in June of 1997.
Coppola re-established Rider's modern day program in 1968 with the men's team and added the women's team in 1985. He served as head coach and aquatic director until August of 1997 when he became Rider's diving coach. He concluded his 31 years of coaching at Rider in the spring of 1999, and was inducted into the Rider Athletics Hall of fame in February 1999.
While Rider's head coach, Coppola compiled a won-loss record of 260-178. His teams captured one Metropolitan Conference Championship, six New Jersey Intercollegiate Championships and his 1992-93 women's team recorded a perfect 10-0 record. Coppola was also recognized as an authority on stroke mechanics and conducted clinics and swimming schools in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania and internationally in both Brazil and the Dominican Republic. Coppola was named Swim Coach Emeritus upon his retirement from Rider.
The Coppola Pool features a competitive swimming course of six lanes, 25 yards, and diving facilities including one and three-meter boards located over 14 feet of water. There are permanent locker room facilities for Rider's men's and women's teams and offices housing members of the coaching staff. The spectator gallery has permanent seating for 500 spectator and a six-line Colorado Timing System scoreboard.
The Canastra Health and Sports Center also houses the student-athlete strength and conditioning center, a multi-exercise facility where the swimming & diving teams conduct dryland and strength training portions of their programs. In addition to hosting Rider's swimming program, Coppola Pool is the home facility of Notre Dame High School's swimming program and also hosts the Hamilton Aquatic Club USA Swimming club team. In February, Coppola Pool serves as one of the sites of the New Jersey Interscholastic Swimming & Diving Championships' team competition.
Alumni Gymnasium houses offices for athletics administration, sports information, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, golf, tennis, softball, sports medicine, and locker rooms.
Alumni Gymnasium is used for varsity athletics, and a wide variety of non-athletic events.
Scheduling of the building for athletic activities or special events may be requested through the Assistant AD Brian Keane at 609-896-5364.
The Canastra Health and Sports Center contains the Coppola swimming pool, the wrestling practice room, offices for men's and women's soccer, men's and women's cross country & track, wrestling, men's and women's swimming, volleyball and field hockey, locker rooms, and the athletics strength and conditioning center.
Athletic Contests Admission
Admission to all home regular season athletic contests for all sports is free of charge for all Rider students, faculty, and staff upon presentation of a Rider ID. However, in the event that Rider hosts a conference championship, admission may be charged in accordance with the conference policy. Basketball game admission for faculty, students, and staff is also free but due to the popularity of these games, everyone entering the game must have a ticket. It is strongly encouraged that faculty, students, and staff pick up their tickets in advance in the department of athletics office in Alumni Gym. Tickets are available between the hours of 10 am and 5 pm on business days. Upon presentation of a Rider ID, tickets will be given on a first-come first-served basis. Tickets are available for one game at a time because seating is limited.
For updated information on Rider Athletics, visit GoBroncs.com.
Rider Athletic Field Map and Directions
Rider’s outdoor athletic facilities include two multi-purpose, lighted courts located adjacent to Alumni Gymnasium and six tennis courts located behind the Canastra Health and Sports Center. The varsity soccer, field hockey, baseball and softball fields and the 400-meter track complex are located in the fields west of the main campus area.