Starnes Athletic Training Center

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Every aspect of Ole Miss athletics is geared toward the success of its student-athletes. The Michael S. Starnes Athletic Training Center provides a valuable role in the development and display of that success.

The multi-purpose Starnes Center has undergone many transformations through the years. It currently houses the Ole Miss information technology staff, temporary batting cages for Ole Miss Baseball through December 2017, a sizeable memorabilia collection, and multi-purpose uses for athletic training and equipment.

Formerly the Doc Knight Field House, the Training Center stands just north of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium and within walking distance of Tad Smith Coliseum, Swayze Field and the main athletics office complex.

The training room has been used by several sports. There are four offices for the athletic training staff, room for at least 13 treatment tables, six taping stations and countless rehabilitation equipment. It also contains a wet room with a whirlpool that help make up an environment for top-notch care and injury prevention for Rebel athletes.

The facility extends to the east into a similar structure which holds a massive weight room, a lobby, a conference room and offices. Connected to the west end is the FedEx Student-Athlete Success Center, a state-of-the-art complex opened in May 2007.

Starnes, the building’s benefactor, donated $1 million toward the facility as part of an extensive $2.5 million renovation in 1995. A 1968 Ole Miss graduate, Starnes is president of Tennessee California Express, Inc., a transportation company.

Much of the history and the many accolades of Rebel athletics are displayed in two rooms on the second floor of the Starnes Center that make up Hollingsworth-Manning Hall.

The larger room is divided into four zones, with the North Wing reserved to honor the nine Ole Miss Rebels in the College Football Hall of Fame. The East Wing spotlights the 46 Ole Miss first-team All-Americans as well as Hall of Fame Coach John Vaught and the legacy of Chucky Mullins. The West Wing is reserved for baseball, track, tennis and golf All-Americans as well as Bruiser Kinard, the only player in Ole Miss history inducted into both the College and Professional Football Hall of Fame. The South Zone honors Ole Miss All-Americans in men's and women's basketball as well as C. M. "Tad" Smith, who played and coached at Ole Miss and also served as Athletics Director.

The smaller room of Hollingsworth-Manning Hall is devoted entirely to an impressive memorabilia collection from the family of Ole Miss legend Archie Manning, which includes items of all three sons, Cooper, Peyton and Eli. The focal points of the exhibit are Super Bowl MVP photos of both Peyton and Eli hoisting the Lombardi Trophy.

Dr. Jerry Hollingsworth, an Ole Miss alumnus and general practitioner in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, joined forces with former Rebel quarterback Archie Manning to establish the recruitment/memorabilia center. It is faithfully maintained and updated by Langston Rogers, Special Assistant to the Athletics Director for History.






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