UT Tyler Recreational Sports
Herrington Patriot Center (HPC)
The HPC is named for the family of Louise H. Ornelas, who has been an avid supporter of UT Tyler for many years. The center also includes the Jean Lancaster Academic Wing, Maytee Fisch Convocation Center, Jim and Bonna Bess Vaughn Recreation and Therapy Pool and the Meadows Student Lounge.
Other features of the facility include classrooms, laboratories, faculty offices, a gymnasium/convocation area with basketball and volleyball courts seating for over 2,000, indoor walking/jogging track, aerobics and free weights areas.
"We needed a place where student life could thrive, and believe me, we now have it. With athletics and other student activities on the increase, the center, in fact will become the heart and soul of our campus for our students." -- President Rodney H. Mabry
Jean Lancaster Academic Wing, Maytee Fisch Convocation Center, Jim and Bonna Bess Vaughn Recreation and Therapy Pool and the Meadows Student Lounge.
Jean Lancaster Academic Wing
Includes faculty offices and labs of the Health & Kinesiology faculty. Research and teaching labs include an exercise physiology lab and a biomechanical/anatomy lab with a "force plate" that allows for research on body movement in exercise.
Maytee Fisch Convocation Center
The 30,000-square-foot area includes 3 full basketball/volleyball courts, chair back seating for 2000 at Patriot athletic competitions, university convocation and other special events. A custom sound system will allow for concerts in the center.
Jim and Bonna Bess Vaughn Recreation and Therapy Pool
Heated pool and spa with sundeck will be a center of student recreation and also a tool for kinesiology research. Features include zero grade beach entry, 2-lane lap pool and bubble couch.
Meadows Student Lounge
Comfortable, scenic space for students to study or relax after working out.
6,340 square feet of pin selectorized machines, free weights, plate-loaded machines and treadmills. Also included are 2 racquetball courts, dance studio/recreation programming room and overhead suspended walking/jogging track.
Bob Hepler, HPC Director 903.565.5571
Hours of Operation
For HPC hours, gym hours and pool hours, visit the hours of operation schedule.