ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
|The Winfield Dunn Center became home of the Governors and Lady Govs indoor athletics in 1975 after ground was broken for the $5.3 million, 9,000-seat structure in February 1973.
The 132,000 square-foot complex, officially named the Winfield Dunn Health and Physical Education Building and Convocation Complex in honor of Governor Dunn, is a dominating edifice with 78 feet separating the top of the building from its maplewood playing surface. The Dunn Center replaced the Memorial Gymnasium, affectionately called "The Little Red Barn," which served as the Governors homecourt from 1952 until the Dec. 1, 1975 tip-off.
On Jan. 16, 1988, the basketball arena was named Dave Aaron Arena in honor of the school's former athletics director, football coach and then all-time winningest basketball coach.
Several improvements and modifications have taken place in recent years, including the addition of new scoreboards. Also, the floor lighting has been replaced to allow fans to better see Lady Govs and Governors events and also accommodate photography needs. An elevator was installed in the late 1990s to better accommodate the handicapped.
But in Fall 2004, some major upgrades occurred, with new cushioned telescopic seating on the lower level east and west north end-zone areas. In addition, two new state-of-the-art indoor Light Emitting Diode (LED) large display screens were hung in the southeast and norhwest corners. It is a fully integrated sports solution that includes a control system to operate and integrate the displays of video replays plus a package of many custom animations, including sponsored game elements and crowd interaction plus much more.
In Summer 2007, it was announced more renovations and upgrades would take place, with new telescopic cushioned seating being added to the second level. In addition, former President Sherry Hoppe announced the playing surface would be named "Dave Loos Court."
The Dunn Center is home of Governors basketball and Lady Govs volleyball and basketball. It also serves as a multipurpose practice facility for track, baseball and softball indoor workouts. The Dunn Center also houses the University's adminsitrative offices along with athletic training facility plus the sports information and marketing and promotions offices.
It also is home to the new David P. Roe Academic Services Center located on the second level.
Austin Peay athletics also work out in the newly renovated weight room, conveniently located in the Dunn Center's lower level south end. They also have access to dressing rooms.
Entering the facility's front lobby, visitors are impressed by the Hall of Fame area, honoring APSU's greatest former athletes, administrators and supporters.
APSU's athletics offices are located in the Dunn Center with the exception of tennis and baseball. The men and women's tennis office are located in the Governors Tennis Center, behind the right field fence at Lady Govs softball field.
In Winter 2004, the Governors baseball offices were moved to the former home of the student newspaper, The All-State, to be closer to Raymond C. Hand Park.