LIMA — The desk where first-year head coach Ryan Day will plot strategy for the Ohio State football team is being made right here in Lima.
Bowman’s Fine Cabinetry LLC was called upon by Ohio State to remodel Day’s office for his first season at the helm.
“I got a phone call one day, I can’t recall exactly when it was, and it was one of the OSU reps, and he said you’re doing Coach Days’ office, and that was the end of the story,” Tyson Bowman said. “We had just done in February 193 lockers for the new Covelli Center and they loved what we did.”
That was Bowman’s first large project at Ohio State, but they have become a go-to for the university.
“The first project I did for Ohio State, I started here in January 2013, and I was at Ohio State March 2013,” Bowman said. “One of their coaches saw me at a local trade show, I was the speaker there, and he asked me to come and talk to them.”
They’ve also done work in the athletic training room, St. John Arena, Schottenstein Center, Wood Hayes Athletic Center and Schumaker Complex.
Bowman said they are completing “anything woodworking in that office other than the flooring” — bookshelves, wainscoting, doors, trim, a fireplace mantel and Day’s desk, which will include a block O design of buckeye wood.
“I would say the desk took the most design time. They wanted to make sure the desk was perfect and represented OSU’s culture,” Bowman said.
Though on paper it’s one of the company’s smaller projects, there are big implications at the workshop.
“It’s exciting to work on the head coach’s office. You want to do a good job, you don’t want him to be distracted by something ugly in his office, you want him to stay focused on beating Michigan and any other teams out there,” said employee Mark Thomas, a Buckeye fan.
Bowman’s has also completed projects for the University of Illinois, University of Kentucky, University of Akron and Bluffton University since launching B Sport Custom Lockers in 2013.
“You can say, ‘I got to do Illinois’ locker room’ and people say, ‘Eh.’ We’re not in Illinois, we’re in Ohio State country,” said brother and co-worker Evan Thomas. “Sometimes you go to work and you just work doing a normal day’s job, and some days you go to work and you get to do a project for the head football coach at Ohio State.
“If I’m not mistaken, Urban Meyer didn’t renovate the office when he took over for Jim Tressel,” Evan continued. “He kept the desk which won a national championship, then Urban Meyer won a national championship, so this desk is work two or three.”
The plan is to have Day sitting at his desk on Aug. 16 to prepare for the season and home opener Aug. 31.
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