C. Leroy Mullins Memorial Athletic Training Student Scholarship

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A Legend off the Field: Honor the Life of Leroy Mullins by Supporting Future Athletic Trainers

Leroy Mullins, a staple within the Ole Miss Athletics program for three decades, spent most of his professional career on UM’s campus caring for student-athletes. He was known as a servant-leader who used his professional training and heroic exploits to heal and restore injured bodies. 

Mullins died earlier this year at the age of 79. To honor his life and his service to Ole Miss Athletics and hundreds of student-athletes, former players and friends have launched the Leroy Mullins Master of Science in Athletic Training Scholarship Endowment.

Once funded, this scholarship will be awarded to students pursuing a master’s degree in the new degree program established by the School of Applied Sciences in 2021. The MSAT program is designed to provide students with diverse academic and clinical experiences, including hands-on training with Southeastern Conference athletes in state-of-the-art facilities, that will create a well-rounded athletic training professional.

The name Leroy Mullins is already legendary within Ole Miss Athletics. With this scholarship, generations of future students will learn about his contributions.

Mullins joined the Rebels staff on Feb. 1, 1975, as head athletic trainer and worked to help Ole Miss student-athletes for 29 years. He spent three years as the director of sports medicine and served as director of insurance and wellness from 1996-1997. Toward the end of his career, from 1998-2000, he enjoyed a second stint as head athletic trainer.

However, to so many former athletes, Mullins was much more than an athletic trainer. 

“Leroy was a walking, talking and living apostle who cared deeply for his athletes and staff,” says Deano Orr, a running back and linebacker for the Rebels football team in the late-1980s and early-1990s. “He was a light in a training room that could have been very dark, as many injured players felt fear, disgust, anger and disappointment.”

Leroy Mullins was on the football field with Chucky Mullins shortly after he made the tackle that paralyzed him. The two men remained close for the rest of Chucky's life.

 During his career, Mullins was very active in the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) and lectured on athletic injuries at conferences and meetings all over the country. In 1994, he was the inaugural recipient of NATA’s Most Distinguished Trainer Award. Two years later, he received NATA’s most prestigious honor, the Tim Kerin Award.

In 2001, Mullins was honored with the Contribution to Amateur Football Award from the Ole Miss Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, while also receiving the Award of Merit from the Southeast Athletic Trainers' Association. He was also inducted into the Mississippi Athletic Trainers' Association Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Southeast Athletic Trainers' Association Hall of Fame in 2014.

Help honor the legacy of a great man who cared for UM’s student-athletes by empowering generations of students to follow in his footsteps! Please make a gift today! 

“Leroy's legacy will live on through each athlete he treated, each staff member he trained and mentored, each person he ministered to, and each future student who accepts the call to pursue athletic training at our beloved university,” Orr says. “Leroy Mullins embodied everything great about Ole Miss, and I am honored to support this scholarship program. Please join me.”

For more information, contact Brett Barefoot in the Office of University Development at bmbarefo@olemiss.edu or 662-915-2711.




The Mullins family: Leroy, Barbara, and their children Tim and Renee, all shared a love for the University of Mississippi and its people, whether in the 1980s (left) or more recently.

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30 Years of Service

Leroy Mullins served UM's student-athletes for 30 years, beginning as Head Athletic Trainer in the 1970s. He also served as Director of Sports Medicine in his tenure, helping hundreds of students heal and succeed.


Call "PAIN" For Help

The last four digits of the phone number to the main athletic training room on the Ole Miss campus was and still is 7246, or “PAIN,” as Leroy said. He told every student-athlete to call PAIN to help them remember where to go for his assistance.


24-Hour Care, a Bargain Price

Leroy Mullins was fond of coming up with ways for students to remember how to get in touch with him at any time. The last four digits of Leroy's home phone number were 9595. He called this his “Bargain Price" phone number, which he shared with all his student-athletes and encouraged them to call him whenever they were in need.


Hall of Famer

In 2004, Leroy Mullins was inducted into the Mississippi Athletic Trainers' Association Hall of Fame for his lifetime of work helping young athletes succeed. Our $200.04 gifts can help generations of students follow in his footsteps.


55 Years of Faith and Family

Faith and family were two of Leroy Mullins’ greatest joys and priorities. Leroy and his wife, Barbara Till Mullins, were married for 55 years.


For #38, Chucky Mullins

Football player Chucky Mullins' (#38) athletic career at Ole Miss came to a tragic end after making a tackle against Vanderbilt that left him paralyzed from the neck down. Leroy Mullins, the head athletic trainer that day, was among the first people to reach him as he lay on the field and said he was forever changed by the tragedy. Through the months and years afterward, Leroy was often at Chucky's side and shared a special bond with one of the university's most beloved athletes.