The Hope Fieldhouse project in Rosemount received another large donation last Friday from Rosemount native and NFL player Tom Compton. Compton—who was born in Rosemount and played football for the Irish—spent last season with the Minnesota Vikings and recently signed with the New York Jets for his eighth NFL season. Compton donated $75,000 to be spread across three years and the facility’s fitness center will be named after him. His donation comes on the heels of a $50,000 gift from the Kirk and Julie Cousins Foundation a few weeks ago from the current Vikings quarterback and now former teammate of Compton, as well as another $50,000 from Minnesota Energy Resources.
Hope Fieldhouse will be a 42,000 square-foot facility that will be by the Community of Hope Church on the corner of Biscayne Avenue and 145th Street. It will feature four basketball courts (three high school and one college-sized) that also hold six volleyball courts and can be divided even further, a fitness center, walking track, locker rooms, concessions and other spaces that will host other wellness-based vendors.
After the donation from Cousins, Hope Fieldhouse was nearly completely funded and a loan has been approved. They plan on breaking ground this spring and be open within five months.
“The first I heard about it was from my friend growing up, Josh Shoaf, we went to school together, played football together, and he had reached out to me about what they were trying to get done and as soon as he told me about it I was immediately intrigued and wanted to help out as much as I could because I think it’s a great idea,” he said. “So he was kind of the catalyst in all that.”
He also said that he’s well aware of the space needs facing Rosemount having grown up there and experienced them himself.
“I feel like that’s been a need in Rosemount for a long time,” Compton said. “Just having enough field space for youth sports is huge and especially with our weather here, having something indoors is always nice. It just made sense.”
Compton also said there is a possibility in the future of him and Shoaf holding camps and clinics at Hope Fieldhouse.
Tom Compton has been one of the most successful Coyotes in the NFL, as the 6th round pick of the Redskins in 2012 is about to embark on his eighth NFL season. He started 14 games for the Vikings last year and signed with the Jets in the offseason. He’s also played for Washington, Atlanta and Chicago, and was part of the 2016 Falcons team that fell to New England in the Super Bowl.
Tyler Starr spent parts of two seasons with the Falcons after his seventh round selection in 2014, and played in one game in 2015.
That’s the Division I era for USD, but their D2 history is ripe with draftees.
Mitchell’s Ordell Braase was the second Coyote ever drafted, taken in the 14th round in 1954 by the Colts and parlaying it into a 12-year career that saw him play in two Pro Bowls, win three NFL championships in the pre-Super Bowl era and appear in Super Bowl III, when the Colts were famously upset by Joe Namath and the Jets.
Four years later the Coyotes had three players all taken in the ’58 draft, including Wayne Haensel, who went to the Giants in the 25th round (yes, the draft used to go on forever). Haensel never played in the NFL, but became well-known for coaching USD’s rivals in Brookings from 1982-1990. Haensel went 45-52 as SDSU coach.
John Kohler became USD’s highest pick ever in 1970, taken in the third round by the Broncos after a two-time All-NCC career with the Coyotes as an offensive tackle. Kohler didn’t end up making an impact for Denver.
Defensive back Mike Slaton was taken by the Vikings in the ninth round in 1986 and saw action in one game for them in ’87, while running back Chul Schwanke was taken by the Rams in the 11th round of that same draft, but never played for them.
The Vikings have spent big bucks in free agency on offensive linemen without great success. Alex Boone and Andre Smith, signed in 2016, each lasted one season and Mike Remmers, signed in 2017, stuck around for two. At least Riley Reiff, signed to a five-year, $58.75 million contract in 2017, looks as if he’ll be around for a third season.
The Vikings last month signed free agent Josh Kline to a three-year, $15.75 million contract to likely take over for Remmers at right guard. They signed Dakota Dozier to a minimum contract, and he hopes to be in the mix for Tom Compton’s previous job at left guard. Compton wasn’t offered a deal to return, and signed with the New York Jets.
But more help is needed to protect Kirk Cousins. According to Pro Football Focus, the Vikings gave up the most quarterback pressures in the NFL in 2018.