June 02, 2010


ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Mount Union College dedicated its newest facility, the Gulling Training Center, on Saturday, September 15, 2001 as part of the College's 16th Annual Community Day festivities.

The dedication honored Paul Gulling of North Canton, who provided the lead gift to the $750,000 training center. Basil Strong of Atwater and Tony Lee of Alliance also were recognized for their major gifts to the facility.

Gulling is a 1980 graduate of Mount Union, where he excelled as a receiver for the Purple Raiders. He was an All-American wide receiver and the only receiver in College history to make first team all-conference for three consecutive years.

After college, Gulling signed a two-year professional contract with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. He was inducted into the Mount Union Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 1998.

Gulling now serves as the receivers coach at Mount Union. He is also executive vice president of SGF Management, Inc., a property management company with offices in Ohio and Indiana. He and his wife, Kelley, have two children, Jared and Paula.

Strong, a member of the Mount Union class of 1926, was a member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity during his years at the College. He continued his studies by attending night school at Carnegie Tech in Pittsburgh while working at a manufacturing facility during the day. It was at Carnegie Tech where he met his wife, Betty, in drama class.

A native of Atwater, Ohio, he has developed several inventions through the years, including the first lawn vacuum (the Lawn-Vac Sweeper), which led to the design of the low air broom. In 1949, he formed the Atwater Strong Co. to manufacture his inventions. He retired from business in 1967.

Lee, a 1950 graduate of Mount Union, made the gift in honor of his

late wife, Beverly Jean Bowden Lee, a 1951 Mount Union graduate. He played on the football and basketball teams at Mount Union and was the sophomore and junior class president and member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity at the College.

In addition to his contribution to the Gulling Training Center, he has been supportive of the College as a Century Raider and M-Club member.

He is the retired president of the T.A. Lee Co., a sales corporation. He is the father of three children: Michael, a 1977 Mount Union alumnus; Craig; and the late Brian, a 1980 Mount Union alumnus.

The Gulling Training Center, a 12,750-square-foot building, is located just west of Mount Union Stadium. It contains the Strong Weight Area, in addition to offices, classrooms and areas for weight training, plyometrics and sprinting. Programming in the building is coordinated by Donald Montgomery, strength and conditioning coordinator of all athletic teams at the College and defensive coordinator for the football team.

Construction began on the facility in the fall of 2000 and it opened to students in the spring of 2001. The building serves the needs of student-athletes while alleviating a space crunch in the current physical education complex.


For more information, contact the Office of Public Relations at (330) 823-6063

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