Charles Wyly Athletic Center
The Charles Wyly Athletic Center was opened in June of 2001 thanks to the generous donation of by Dallas businessman and Louisiana Tech graduate Charles J. Wyly, Jr.
Wyly's $1 million gift led to the final results, the beautiful 15,000 square foot facility that has brought rave reviews.
"I think it is magnificent," said Tech President Dr. Dan Reneau. "It has exceeded my expectations, and I think everyone is pleased."
Completed almost one year after the ground breaking ceremonies took place on the Tech campus, the $2.5 million facility adjoins the Joe Aillet Fieldhouse and is home to a state-of-the-art Dr. William Bundrick Sports Medicine Center, luxury coaches' offices, the Dr. Guthrie Jarrell Conference Room, offensive and defensive meeting rooms and a virtual Louisiana Tech museum located at the entrance.
One of the centerpieces to the facility is the Dr. William Bundrick Sports Medicine Center, which accommodates all 16 of Tech's varsity athletic programs. The department contains a Swimex therapeutic pool, cardiovascular equipment, private staff offices and a physician's examination room, all funded by Dr. Billy Bundrick of the Bone and Joint Clinic in Shreveport and team physician.
The Dr. Guthrie Jarrell Conference Center is the site of team meetings, banquets, press conferences and other athletic functions. The center is named for one of Louisiana Tech's top benefactors, retired Monroe physician Dr. Guthrie Jarrell.
Perhaps the most visible part of the athletic center is the area where the Murphy and Orr designed displays showcase over 100 years of Tech football. An all-sports light wall greets visitors as the likes of William Roaf, Karl Malone, Terry Bradshaw and Teresa Weatherspoon virtually come to life in the collage.
Other parts of the Tech museum include an All-American wall with a plaque for each Bulldog honoree, a 100-year timeline, a feature on Joe Aillet Stadium, a defensive domination wall depicting some of the Bulldogs top defensive players of all time, an air corps wall featuring top Tech quarterbacks and receivers and much more.
According to designer Richard Smith, Murphy and Orr, a Forest Park, Ga.-based firm, entered the business in 1946 designing displays for the department stores in Atlanta and other big companies such as Coca Cola, Delta Airlines and Bell South. About 25 years ago, the company moved into collegiate athletics.