Mike Gaddie, an 18-year veteran of the Western Kentucky athletic training staff and 29-year veteran of the profession, has been named associate athletic director for sports medicine and athletic training.
Gaddie succeeds Bill Edwards, who will retire June 30 and Gaddie will assume his new role July 1.
“We are excited to name Mike Gaddie our next associate athletic director for sports medicine and athletic training,” WKU athletic director Todd Stewart said in a statement. “For nearly two decades, Mike has been an integral member of our athletic training operation and has positively impacted the lives of so many WKU student-athletes. I have the same faith in Mike’s ability to care for our student-athletes as they do, and it is a well-earned promotion for Mike and his family.”
Gaddie joined the Hilltopper athletic training staff in 2000 and has focused primarily on the men’s basketball team in his current role as associate director of athletic training. Over his time on The Hill, Gaddie has assisted with other WKU athletic teams as well as coordinated team travel schedules for the Hilltopper basketball team.
“I am honored and privileged to be selected to lead our athletic training department,” Gaddie said in a statement. “To follow in the footsteps of one of my mentors, Bill Edwards, is a dream come true. I would also like to thank Director of Athletics Todd Stewart and Associate Athletic Director Craig Biggs for their support and belief in my ability to lead our department.”
Gaddie came to WKU from DiversiCare Rehab Service, Inc., where he served as director of sports medicine from 1996-2000. Prior to that, Gaddie was coordinator of outreach services at the Regional Medical Center in Madisonville from 1992-96.
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