New Sports Center Playing Surface Dedicated


posted November 14, 2017

Pitt-Johnstown dedicated the new Rich Ragan Family Court between games of the home-opening basketball doubleheader on November 18, 2017. The new floor was made possible through the generosity of alumnus Rich Ragan ’78 and friends.

“Mr. Ragan is one of the most distinguished alumni of this institution, an eminently successful global business leader, and of course a legendary Hall of Famer, who has an abiding passion and love for his alma mater. We are deeply grateful for his philanthropic endeavors and are honored to name the athletic floor the Rich Ragan Family Court,” said Pitt-Johnstown President Jem Spectar.

The replacement of the Sports Center floor for the 2017-18 season was made possible through the support of several generous individuals and corporations. Mr. Ragan served as the organizer of fund solicitation for the project.

Ragan currently serves as the Executive Director of Global Facilities, Safety and Security for American Axle and Manufacturing, AAM, an $8 billion global manufacturer of automotive and SUV axles and driveline components.

Ragan was a three-time NAIA All-District selection and a two-time NCAA All-District choice who set multiple Pitt-Johnstown records as a player from 1974-78.  Mr. Ragan, the second 1,000-point scorer since Pitt-Johnstown made the transition from a two-year school to a four-year school a decade earlier, broke Don Elzer’s scoring mark of 1,147 points and held the title as the Mountain Cats’ All-Time Leading Scorer with 1,303 points from 1978-92. He is a 2010 inductee in the Pitt-Johnstown Athletics Hall of Fame and currently ranks 13th on the all-time scoring list.

The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is marking its 90th anniversary as well as the 50th year of the campus in its Richland Township location. Pitt-Johnstown was founded in 1927 and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and by Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization.” The distinctive combination of Pitt-Johnstown’s people, programs, and place results in exceptional performance in preparing students for career and professional success. Pitt-Johnstown is the regional leader, educating for success in the Real World.