Thanks to the generosity of Jack Wheeler, UALR was able to complete the first phase of the renovation project of Gary Hogan Field in 2001. The project included new locker rooms for players, coaches and umpires, and a players clubhouse, concessions area and public restroom facilities.
The complex is named in honor of Jack Wheeler’s son, former UALR baseball player Kris Wheeler. During his five-year playing career (1998-2002), Kris Wheeler defined persistence and determination. He was a gifted athlete who overcame numerous injuries to post career-best offensive numbers during his senior season and emerged as a true team leader.
The Wheeler family was heavily involved in Trojan baseball prior to their gift for the Kris Wheeler Complex. Behind Jack Wheeler’s efforts, the baseball team received new dugouts and drainage for Gary Hogan Field. Mr. Wheeler donated approximately $800,000 in cash and services rendered for these projects, which marked the initial renovations to Gary Hogan Field prior to the anonymous gift which completed the project.