BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Mike Gaddie, an 18-year veteran of the WKU 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 effective June 30, and 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,” Director of Athletics Todd Stewart said. “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. 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. “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.
"This is has been a lifelong career goal of mine at a university I love,” Gaddie added. “Over my time at WKU, I have been so fortunate to work with countless student-athletes and medical staffers on The Hill who have made every day in the training room a pleasure. To my wife and children, thank you for supporting me in this walk every day. I look forward to continuing to serve our University, a place I consider my home, as we move forward to even more success."
A native of Hodgenville, Ky., Gaddie spent five summers in the St. Louis Cardinals organization, handling the athletic training assignments for the team’s minor league clubs in Peoria, Ariz., (1989) and Johnson City, Tenn. (1990-93).
A graduate of Murray State University in 1992, Gaddie spent his undergraduate years (1987-92) as a student trainer of the Racer staff under the tutelage of another of his mentors, the late Tom Simmons. He earned his Master’s in exercise science from WKU in 2006. Gaddie, a 1987 alumnus of Caverna High School, lettered two years in both football and tennis.
He is married to the former Connie Logsdon of Horse Cave. The couple’s family includes sons Andrew and Jacob; Andrew’s wife, Amber and son Aiden; and Jacob's wife, Ashley.