Craig Ferrell, M.D. served as team physician to Brentwood Academy athletes from 1981 to 2011. In recognition of that service, Brentwood Academy is dedicating the Sports Training Room in the Athletic Center to the memory of Dr. Ferrell.
The official dedication ceremony will take place at halftime of the BA vs. Battle Ground Academy boys varsity basketball game on Jan. 12. Tip off is at 7:30 p.m. A plaque bearing the dedication message will be unveiled at that time with family, friends, and former colleagues in attendance.
In BA alumnus Bill Traughber’s 2010 book, which chronicles the history of football at Brentwood Academy, Dr. Ferrell had this to say, “One of the most rewarding parts for me, as a team physician, was being able to watch the kids mature as they grew older… I liked watching a former Brentwood Academy player develop as a man who was produced through that football program…It’s the character building that occurs on the side that I’m most interested in.”
The plaque honoring Dr. Ferrell’s memory will hang in the Sports Training Room of the Athletic Center, along with framed pen and ink caricatures of Dr. Ferrell, drawn by coach Jimmy Gentry over the years.
Dr. Ferrell, a Tullahoma native, was a graduate of the Webb School in Bell Buckle, the University of Notre Dame, and Tulane Medical School. Dr. Ferrell founded the Franklin Bone and Joint Clinic in 1979, and began his career in sports medicine serving as team physician for several area high schools, professional soccer, and the United States swimming team. He received the Athletics Appreciation Award and became the chairman of the U.S. Swimming medical committee, serving as team physician for the U.S. Olympic swimming team in 1996.
Dr. Ferrell passed away in 2012 following a polo accident.