INSTITUTE, W.Va. -- West Virginia State University's new basketball/volleyball court will be named for longtime Kanawha Valley athletic booster Lester Raines.
The new facilities are expected to open early in 2014.
"I like the enthusiasm, the excitement, and the energy taking place on the campus of West Virginia State and I wanted to be a part of that," said Raines, who made a substantial financial contribution toward the renovations. "I love basketball and I am so impressed by the new facility being built there. It is world class."
Raines has spent the past two seasons as an assistant basketball coach at State after spending 14 seasons as an assistant under Jason Gee and Greg White at Charleston.