Indian Creek School, which joined the MIAA in 2007 and the IAAM in 2012, is making a major commitment to it’s athletic program in the form of a $4 million athletic complex, scheduled to open in the fall.

The complex will feature two synthetic turf athletic fields for the Indians’ soccer, field hockey and lacrosse teams (with seating for 500 fans), lights, new tennis courts and a baseball field, as well as a concession stand and bathrooms.

The Indians have made steady progress with their athletic teams, winning the last two MIAA C Conference soccer titles, a pair of MIAA C Conference basketball championships in the last few years, and two IAAM C Conference girls lacrosse titles. According to ICS athletic director Jamie Cook, the success is directly related to the school’s growth and a key factor in the investment being made in athletic facilities.

“For a long time Indian Creek has been well known for our outstanding performance arts programs, but we had a hard time retaining some of our middle schools students who were interested in competitive high school athletics,” said Cook. “Now, we’re retaining those kids. More than 70% of our student body participates in sports and these facilities will make our athletic program even stronger.”

The project was kickstarted by a $500,000 gift to the school, which was the largest in school history. Since then, Indian Creek has initiated additional fundraising efforts and secured financing to complete the project.

The new facility is scheduled to make its grand debut as part of the school’s annual Creekfest celebration in October. On Friday, Oct. 14, ICS’ boys and girls varsity soccer teams will play a double-header on the new turf, under the lights, against Chesapeake Science Point.

The new facility will also be accompanied by a new varsity baseball team, which will debut in MIAA league play next spring. Indian Creek last had a baseball team in 2007, but quickly dropped it because of insufficient numbers to be competitive.

Last spring the school hired a new head coach Matt Selmer, and began preparations for its return to the diamond by playing a club schedule.

“When we had baseball before, we really didn’t have the numbers to support it. We wanted to offer it, but we only had 60 kids in the building and half of them were girls. The majority of the boys wanted to play lacrosse,” said Cook. “Now, we have 250 kids and Coach Selmer is attracting kids to ICS who are baseball players. He is also teaching the game the right way and now we believe we can be competitive and grow a program.”

Having top notch athletic facilities is nearly a necessity for any private school which wants to attract students interested in sports.

“This allows us to keep up with our competitors. Most of the schools in our leagues have great facilities,” said Cook. “Making this commitment will help us to continue to attract kids and help our athletic teams compete at a high level.”