October 27, 2011
University dedicates training complex to team physician
On Saturday, Oct. 29, Harding University will host the dedication of the new addition to the Ganus Athletic Center at 11 a.m. In honor of his tireless work and dedication to Harding University football, this new addition was named the Dr. Jim Citty Football and Athletic Training Complex.
Citty played tight end for the Bisons beginning in 1959, the first season after Harding reinstated football, and lettered in 1959 and 1960. He returned to the sidelines in 1975 to serve as a team physician. A Searcy resident and family practice doctor, Citty graduated from the University in 1961 and received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee at Memphis.
“Dr. Citty has been invaluable to both the Harding football program and the athletic training program,” Harding head football coach Ronnie Huckeba said. “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.”
The complex includes a 6,600-square-foot state-of-the-art weight room, a 4,000-square-foot locker room with 130 lockers and a 5,000-square-foot athletic training complex that includes offices, a rehabilitation area and a hydrotherapy area. The weight room is named in honor of the Griffin family, who has had a long football-related history with the University. The locker room is named after John Prock, Harding’s head football coach from 1964-87.