The Williams Physical Education Center, which opened its doors in June of 1976, was named for Mr. John H. Williams, who led the charge in the early 1970s for a new athletic complex and dining hall on the Lees-McRae campus. The center includes Williams Gymnasium, Rhea-Lyons Pool Complex, a classroom, weight-room and a number of athletic offices. Williams was instrumental in bringing the athletic facility up to date, and raising the financial support to complete the facility. The Williams Center is also the home of the Fred I. Dickerson Athletics Hall of Fame.
Fred I. Dickerson Athletics Hall of Fame
The Bobcat Athletic Hall of Fame inducted its inaugural class in February of 1977, and a number of former athletes have been honored in the years since. The Athletics Hall of Fame is an integral part of renewing a rich tradition of athletic success at Lees-McRae College, and was renamed in October 2000 to honor Fred I. Dickerson, a former Bobcat athlete and Coach.
Williams Gymnasium is home to the Bobcat men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams. The Gymnasium contains regulation courts for both basketball and volleyball, housing seating for up to 1,200 fans. Williams Gymnasium replaced the old Reynolds Gymnasium as the home of the Bobcats in 1976.
The Bobcat Athletic Weight Room serves as one of the primary training facilities for all of Lees-McRae's 17 athletic teams. The weight room experienced a major renovation in the summer of 2001 when donations by Mrs. Dorothy R. Blair of the Blair Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. William M. Hale, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Joiner, and Mr. and Mrs. Mack B. Trammell allowed for the purchase of new state-of-the-art equipment, as well as a significant renovation to the room itself.