Mel Nicks Sports Complex
St. Norbert College’s baseball and softball teams play at the Mel Nicks Sports Complex, located one-half mile south of campus on Lost Dauphin Road and named in honor of the college’s longtime baseball coach.
The complex was completely remodeled in the fall of 2014 and began use for games in the spring of 2015. The baseball field is Larry Van Alstine Field, while the softball field is Miron Construction Field.
In the summer of 2014, St. Norbert College, with the help of several generous donors, commissioned a $2 million renovation of Mel Nicks Field. During this remodel, Miron Construction and other professionals rebuilt the two diamonds, improved the dugouts, and installed a state-of-the-art synthetic infield and a better drainage system in the outfield to combat wet spring weather. The renovated complex also includes a new concession stand and restrooms below the press boxes.
Mel Nicks (1914-1990), a faculty member at St. Norbert College for 26 years, was a coach, athletics administrator, teacher and humanitarian. In the 1960s, he had the idea that the college should build a baseball diamond, softball diamond and practice football fields, now known as the Mel Nicks Sports Complex, or simply “Mel Nicks.”
The college celebrated the completion of a $2 million renovation of the complex, its baseball field named in honor of Larry Van Alstine ’56, and its softball diamond named in recognition of Miron Construction.
Larry Van Alstine was St. Norbert College director of athletics from 1989 to 1998, and assistant coach for football, basketball and baseball until he retired. Carl Vogel ’79 credits Larry with bringing him and many others to the college to share Larry’s love of baseball. Van Alstine, also the head football coach from 1979 to 1982, was inducted into St. Norbert College’s Athletic Hall of Fame in October 1999.
Led by its owner, Dave Voss, Miron Construction Co., Inc. has helped shape the St. Norbert campus for the last ten years, as construction manager and general contractor for the Mulva Library, Todd Wehr Hall, Michels Commons, the Gehl-Mulva Science Center and Mel Nicks Sports Complex. Dave and his wife, Jane, are generous residents of northeast Wisconsin and staunch supporters of local Catholic education.
St. Norbert College thanks all the donors who made this renovation possible.
- Estate of David A. Brandel
- Carl Vogel
- Miron Construction
- Tiger Dlouhy
- Cloud Family Foundation, Inc.
- Friend of St. Norbert College
- Allen Freis
- Sherman Wade
- Erik Rutherford
- David Mason
Special appreciation is due to David A. “Dave” Brandel ’64 (1942-2012) who made a visionary gift in his estate. Dave graduated from SNC with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and played for Green Knights baseball.
Seating is available in new bleachers constructed behind home plate in both areas. Fans visiting Larry Van Alstine Field and Miron Construction Field are advised to bring lawn chairs if choosing not to sit in the bleachers and to dress appropriately for Wisconsin spring weather.
Admission to St. Norbert baseball and softball events is free.
1300 Lost Dauphin Rd.
De Pere, WI 54115
Parking is available on Lost Dauphin Road or in the grass overflow parking area just south of the baseball field.