“Dr. Citty has been invaluable to both the Harding football program and the athletic training program,” Harding head football coach Ronnie Huckeba said. “It is very fitting that this facility will be named after him because of his impact on both programs throughout the years.”
Citty played tight end for the Bisons beginning in 1959, the first season after Harding reinstated football. He has been the team physician since 1975.
The Complex will include:
· a 7,000-square-foot weight room state-of-the-art weight room. Currently, Harding football uses a weight room that was part of the original Harding football building, constructed in 1959 and has about 2,000 square feet of usable space. The weight room will be named for the Griffin family. Steven (1987-90) and Chad (1992-95) both played for the Bisons, as did their father, Ray (1959-62). Ray's daughters are Kim Mote, married to former Bison Roddy Mote, and the late Lori Newby, who was married to former Bison Jon Newby.
· a 4,000-square-foot locker room that has 130 lockers. The locker room will be named for John Prock, Harding's head football coach from 1964-87. Harding's current locker room was built in 1976 and intended for a team of about 65 players. The team has had to move some lockers into the shower area just to have enough space, and freshmen have been moved into another room and made to share PE-style lockers.
· a 5,000-square-foot athletic training complex that includes offices, a designated rehabilitation area, and a hydrotherapy area. Harding currently uses two training rooms that have less than 1,000 square feet of usable space combined. “This new facility will enable us to treat our student-athletes in a larger area and allow us to get them back into action as quickly as possible,” said Harding head athletic trainer Ronnie Harlow. “We have just outgrown what we have and spilled over into other areas.”
For Harding coach Ronnie Huckeba, the new facility will serve a greater purpose.
“The Dr. Jim Citty Football and Athletic Training Complex is going to be outstanding for our players and coaches, and we have dreamed about a facility like this for a long time,” Huckeba said. “But our prayer for this facility is to help the football team with its ultimate mission – to HONOR GOD.”