Completed and dedicated in February 2002, the Laughlin Center was named in honor of Lynn Laughlin and Ernie and Naomi Laughlin. The namesake was made in recognition of Lynn Laughlin’s long-tenured role as dedicated and enthusiastic friend and employee of Lincoln Christian University. Some of his many positions over the years include coach, athletic director, professor, assistant dean of students, director of admissions, and dean of student development. Ernie Laughlin, Lynn’s father, served as a trustee for the college for over 16 years and filled other roles as minister and pastor of Westside Christian Church (Springfield, Ill.) that allowed him to be connected with LCU in various ways. Rather than naming the Laughlin Center for Lynn and Ernie alone, both men wished for Ernie’s wife Naomi to be included as well, for her many years of dedicated service as a minister’s wife and friend to the college.
The Laughlin Center features four locker rooms that house LCU’s six varsity sports. It features a fully equipped weight room; a cardio room that has stationary bikes, ellipticals, and treadmills; and a film room, which teams utilize when they are studying or meeting together. There’s also a full Athletic Training room, Jersey and Equipment Room, and athletic offices.
Gaston Arena, the Laughlin Center’s basketball and volleyball court, is named after Thomas A. Gaston. The plaque on the arena’s Wall of Fame reads: “This arena is made possible through the Christian concern and generosity of the Gaston family in loving memory of Thomas A. Gaston. His connection with Lincoln Christian College and Seminary (now University) came through three of his children and two of his grandchildren attending the school. He dominated no headlines yet lived as a great and engaged man in the Lord’s work.”
In 2004, the Fieldhouse was added onto the back side of Laughlin Center. The Fieldhouse is an indoor soccer facility that also has the capability to hold men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, baseball, and soccer practices. The Fieldhouse also holds a batting cage and equipment for the baseball team.
Jack Getchel Field
The LCU Baseball Field was constructed in the late 1960s as part of a development plan for the expansion of the athletic department. It was built with the idea of being the home for LCU’s Baseball program for years to come. Since the late 1960s, it has done just that. The baseball field is a well-kept collegiate field, with right- and left-field fences extending out to 325 feet. It also boasts measurements of 364 feet to left-center and right-center, while ranging up to 380 feet to deep center. In 2014, the field was named for Jack Getchel, LCU Hall of Famer and former athletic compliance officer for his more than 35 years of support and contributions to the athletic department at LCU.