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Laycock Center Dedicated

  • Laycock Center Dedication
    Laycock Center Dedication
    Funded entirely by generous private gifts, the Jimmye Laycock Football Center is convenient for football, study and camaraderie.
    Photo by Julia Martin

With most of the team’s starters, including quarterback Jake Phillips and all-conference cornerback Derek Cox, returning to their positions, Tribe football is poised for an exciting season. The program is also getting a boost from the new Jimmye Laycock Football Center.

“It’s like a new home,” says Cox. “It puts us all under one roof and we’re right there next to the practice field.”

The Football Center, a 30,000-square-foot-facility located at the northwest corner of Zable Stadium, boasts team meeting rooms, an athletic training room, coaches’ offices and a team locker room.

“We have gone through an unprecedented period of facility improvements in the recent years and the football center is another sign of the commitment this College and its proud alumni base have made to our program,” said Laycock.

In fact, the Laycock Center, which cost $11 million to construct, was funded entirely by generous private gifts.

“It’s been really convenient for our players,” Laycock says of the time spent in the new facility. “They are there a lot, using it for football, using it for study. It is a lot more comfortable and there is a lot more camaraderie with the players there together.”

The camaraderie was also evident during the dedication ceremony. Special guests included Master of Ceremonies Lanny Watkins, 1977 PGA Championship winner and 1995 Ryder Cup captain; former Southern Methodist University and former W&M Athletic Director Jim Copeland; Virginia Tech Head Coach Frank Beamer; Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin ’95; and former Buffalo Bills and former W&M Head Coach Marv Levy.