Texas A&M Unveils New Facility, the Anne S. & Henry B. “Hank” Paup ’70 Pavilion

Anne S. & Henry B. “Hank” Paup ’70 Pavilion Photo Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics

Texas A&M on Wednesday announced the name of its new swimming and diving facility: Anne S. & Henry B. “Hank” Paup ’70 Pavilion.

The new facility, on which ground was broken in 2019, is named for its lead donors. The Paup Pavilion includes a dryland diving center, locker rooms, athletic training rooms and offices. The upgrades include an exterior lobby which provides people going to the aquatic facility a separate entrance from the main recreation center. The lobby also has space to showcase A&M swimming’s history, including its trophy case.

The Anne S. & Henry B. “Hank” Paup ’70 Pavilion is set to be finished this fall with a grand opening scheduled for January 2021.

Hank Paup swam at Texas A&M from 1966-70 as a walk-on, going on to set the school record in the mile at the 1969 Southwest Conference Championships. He obtained his law degree at Southern Methodist University. He and Anne established an endowed scholarship in 2014.

“When I was on the swimming team at Texas A&M (1966-70), I could never have imagined having the opportunity to contribute back to the swimming & diving program with this expansion to our current world-class natatorium,” Hank Paup said in a university statement. The addition of locker rooms, coaches’ offices and training facilities will greatly enhance the resources our student-athletes need to train and compete at the highest level. Anne and I are honored to be in a position to share some of our lifelong blessings in order to lead on this project.”

Other features of the Anne S. & Henry B. “Hank” Paup ’70 Pavilion include:

  • Locker room upgrades with an 840 square-foot team lounge and fueling station for both genders
  • A 1,000 square-foot, rubber flooring athletic training room and rehab space with hydrotherapy room (with in-ground hot tub and cold plunge pools), space for rehab equipment, trainers’ offices and a physician’s exam room and TVs
  • A dryland training space with 20’x25′ in-ground foam pit with three diving boards; a 16′-6″x42′ tumbling area with a gymnastics spring floor; a 10’x17′ in-ground trampoline pit; a 12’x15′ above-ground landing mat with two diving boards
  • Seven coaches offices as well as a conference room
  • Expanded visiting locker rooms

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