Auburn football players benefit from the direction of one of the finest strength and conditioning staffs in the country. Head Strength Coach Kevin Yoxall has implemented an extensive program for Auburn's football team which has improved the team's overall strength and conditioning levels.
The James T. Tatum, Jr., Strength and Conditioning Center stands as a testament to Auburn's commitment to providing state-of-the-art training facilities for its student-athletes. The center, which opened in January, 2002, encompasses over 14,000 square feet which is triple the size of the previous facility.
The first floor of the two-story center houses 20 power stations, which contain the majority of the equipment used by student-athletes during workouts, which leads to effective and time efficient training. Also, there are a variety of upper and lower body selectorized machines around the perimeter of this main floor. The second floor contains various machines, medicine balls, aerobic equipment, and an open exercise area for additional overall strength and conditioning development of Auburn's student- athletes.
Adjacent to the weight room is a 20 yard astroturf hill, set at 45 degrees, which is used for speed and endurance conditioning. The center also houses the strength and conditioning coaches' offices.
The center is named for James T. Tatum, Jr., who served 16 years as a member of the Board of Trustees. Dr. Tatum believed strongly and devoutly in Cliff Hare's philosophy that "Athletics Make Men Strong, Study Makes Men Wise, and Character Makes Men Great" and his support of Auburn's teams and programs throughout the years strongly illustrated that fact.
The Center was dedicated in his memory on April 6, 2002.
Designed by The Butner and Associates Architectural Group, the facility was built by Bailey Harris Construction Corporation at a cost of $2.7 million.