The first era of LSUS Basketball (1990 – 1997) played their home games in the gymnasium located in the Health & Physical Education Building. Renovations took place during the '94 – '95 season. The renovations to the gym included a new hardwood floor, new basketball goals, and permanent bleachers on both sides. Unfortunately, the basketball programs were discontinued in 1997 and the renovated gym didn't see much action.
When the decision was made to reinstate the men's and women's basketball team for 2003 – 2004 season, the home gym was ready for play. A dock is a human-made structure or group of structures involved in the handling of boats or ships. The exact meaning varies among different variants of the English language and is sometimes referred to as a dockyard or shipyard where the loading, unloading, and building of ships occurs.
The Pilots and Lady Pilots through the years have done more than their share of "loading" their rosters with quality student-athletes, "unloading" their talents on opponents, and have "built" themselves into perennial NAIA powers. The "Dock" was a natural fit for LSUS basketball programs and has proved to be friendly to the Pilots and Lady Pilots through the years.
The Lady Pilots at the "Dock" have experienced a lot of success. After 10 years of play, the Lady Pilots have an overall home record of 94 – 39. The Lady Pilots have string together home winning streaks of 10 and 13 games through the years. The largest margin of victory is 47 points and came on January 5, 2012, when they defeated the University of Southwest by the score of 98 – 51.
The Pilots have unprecedented success at the "Dock" and have a difficult time finding non-conference opponents willing to play the Pilots on their home court. The Pilots have posted an overall home record of 136 – 15 through the first ten years. The Pilots have five different winning streaks of 12+ games with their longest streak being 19 consecutive victories. On five consecutive years (2005 – 2010), the Pilots cut down the nets at the "Dock" winning the GCAC postseason tournament championship. Possibly the most impressive statistic for the Pilots at "The Dock" is having never lost two home games in a row.
The Dock gets rowdy on game day as it continually tests its 1,000 seat capacity. The Dock is also the home for a variety of other events for the community including numerous championship weightlifting events, professional basketball games, high school tournaments, and gymnastics competitions.
Pilots Field officially opened March 9, 1991, as the Pilots played their first ever game as a program, falling to Upper Iowa College by a score of 8-0. The Pilots' first head coach, Doug Robinson would later guide the Pilots to their first home win with a 4-1 victory over Texas College on March 18, 1991.
Over the years, Pilots Field has evolved into one of the finest baseball facilities of all NAIA college baseball venues. It has seen numerous improvements thanks to fan/alumni donations, volunteers, and tireless coaches who put forth the effort to make it one of the best in the country.
Fans have numerous ways to enjoy all of the action at Pilots Field as they may sit in the grandstand behind home plate or have a more personal view seated in their "beach" chairs behind the backstop. Extra bleachers have also been placed in the ballpark for their comfort. Even the youngest of Pilots fans can choose to enjoy the action or get away to the playground between innings for a good time with two swings for the bigger Pilots and one swing for our smallest fans, in addition to a "fort" for climbing. They can also enjoy practicing their slides into home plate as they leave the fort via a slide.
Major renovations took place just prior to the 2004 season as a new building was constructed, complete with men's and women's climate controlled restrooms, along with a state-of-the art concessions stand. Another addition made at the same time was the installation of the new grandstands behind home plate topped by a press box for the working media and an announcer on game days. An outstanding sound system allows fans to keep up with the action on the field and to be entertained with music before the game and between innings.
In the fall of 2006, Ike and Isaac Lafitte --longtime friends and supporters of Pilots baseball—provided for the installation of a 4,200 sq. ft. covered batting cage facility equipped with lighting so players can work on their strokes at any time of the day or night.
The newest addition to Pilots Field was added in the summer of 2012 with the renovation of a 1,200 sq. ft. locker room equipped with 55 player lockers. Just next door to the player's quarters is a 576 sq. ft. office for the coaches which easily converts to a meeting area.
While it takes great players and great coaches to establish and maintain a top-notch baseball program, the amenities of a facility such as Pilots Field certainly enhances the experience. Pilots Field has no doubt assisted in the recruitment of those great players while providing a wonderful place for their parents and friends, as well as LSUS students, faculty, staff and other fans to enjoy a day or an evening at the ball park.
THE HPE BUILDING
The HPE Building is not only the home to the Lady Pilots and Pilots basketball teams but students learn, compete, and recreate using the many facilities housed in the HPE building. The gymnasium has six basketball goals allowing for two full courts games to be played at the same time. Surrounding the gymnasium is an indoor walking track and five racquetball courts.
The most unique program in the HPE building is the USA Weightlifting High Performance and Development Center. Lifters who have trained here have represented the USA at the Olympics and many other international competitions. The LSUS college weightlifting team holds multiple national titles.
The HPE building also has a multipurpose exercise and weight room equipped with a treadmill, elliptical machine, rowing machines, recumbent bike, and six spin bikes to meet your cardiovascular training needs. The free weight area includes multiple squat racks, benches, dumbbells, and a wide array of weight machines. A dance studio provides space for academic and Rec Sports classes as well as individual recreation.
The LSUS Natatorium houses a six lane lap pool with a connected shallow end. Our pool was featured in the movie "The Guardian" and also serves the community as a training center for Barksdale Air Force Base's Water Survival classes and a local adult and children's swim team. Surrounding the HPE building there are several large fields and eight tennis courts for outdoor recreation. The Low Ropes course can also be used with LSUS supervision.
THE COCKRELL TENNIS CENTER
The Cockrell Tennis Center hosts all LSU Shreveport women's tennis home matches. Located on the west side ot town the Cockrell Tennis Center has ten championship caliber courts complete with seating for fans to enjoy all of the action.
In case the matches run out of daylight or need to be played at night, the Cockrell Tennis Center is equipped with lights to play after the sun goes down.