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McGugin Center Training Room


Donors Donors to the McGugin Center Training Room project were honored at Vanderbilt Stadium on Saturday, November 29.

McGugin Training Room given green light;
work to begin early 2015

Vanderbilt Vice Chancellor for University Affairs and Athletic Director David Williams II announced today that the Board of Trust and Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos have approved the McGugin Center Training Room project. Work on the eagerly anticipated renovation and expansion should begin in early 2015.

It is anticipated that renovation and expansion will require from 12 to 14 months. A grand opening could come in early 2016.

“This is an exciting day for Vanderbilt athletics,” Williams said. “We want to express our sincere gratitude to all of the donors – alumni, parents and supporters of Commodore athletics – for their generosity and the key role they played in making this needed project possible.”

Williams said the new training facility, with its 9,200 square feet that doubles the facility’s capacity, was critical because it will enable student athletes to become top performers in their sport while offering world class training services to ensure their overall well-being now and in the future.

“The impact this project will have on our current and future student-athletes will be felt for years to come,” says Mark Carter, executive director of athletics development. “We are so appreciative of all those who recognized this important need and stepped up to financially support the project.”

Tom Bossung, assistant athletic director for sports medicine, said, “Once completed, our staff of athletic trainers and team physicians will be able to continue their outstanding sports medicine practices in a more spacious and efficient facility. Unlike many other facility upgrades that may only affect one or two teams, this athletic training room renovation and expansion will benefit each and every one of our teams.”

Williams said the expanded center will include dietary, examination and treatment rooms, a conference room, two team doctor offices, new office space for Vanderbilt’s 13 athletic trainers and a welcoming student-athlete entrance and lobby. It will also include three hydrotherapy pools and modernized equipment as well as more treatment tables, taping stations and cardio equipment.

“This facility gives us one of the finest training centers in the Southeastern Conference,” Williams says.

Approximately 350 Vanderbilt student-athletes are supported by the training center.

The Planned Renovations


poolsAn upgraded Training Room within the McGugin Center will help keep all 350 Vanderbilt student-athletes in top competitive form by supporting injury prevention and recovery. At a projected 9,200 square feet, the new Training Room doubles our capacity to treat student-athletes effectively. The new space includes three hydrotherapy pools, modernized equipment, and increases in the number of treatment tables, taping stations, and cardio equipment. With this renovation, our Training Room will rank among the best training facilities in the SEC.


Training Room

For more information on this project, contact Mark Carter, associate director of athletics, at (615) 322-4114.

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