Bowling Green, Ky. - Bill Edwards, a part of the athletic training scene at Western Kentucky University for nearly 40 years, was honored by his peers in Kentucky Saturday (June 5) when he was inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Trainers Society (KATS) Hall of Fame in ceremonies at Northern Kentucky University.
Edwards was joined in the 2010 class by the University of Louisville's Sherry Brown. There are now nine members of the Hall of Fame - which was started in 2006.
"Doc E" as he is known to thousands of Hilltopper athletes and coaches - both former and current - continues to enjoy his lengthy career at the helm of the WKU Athletic Training Program.
A veteran of both the Ohio Valley and Sun Belt Conferences, Edwards was named Head Athletic Trainer at WKU in August of 1983 after serving as an assistant athletic trainer for the previous six years. He joined the Topper training staff as an undergraduate in 1970 and then served as a graduate assistant trainer before becoming a part of the full-time training staff in 1977. A two-time graduate of WKU, he earned his bachelor's degree in 1974 in Physical Education and added master's degree in Exercise Science in 1976.
Recently promoted to Associate Athletic Director and Director of Athletic Training and Sports Medicine, Edwards coordinates a large group of sports medicine specialists that have been attracted to WKU not only by him and his staff, but by the outstanding reputation that Hilltopper athletic programs enjoy as well. Edwards utilizes these health care professionals to ensure appropriate, quick, and state-of-the-art athletic health care for WKU athletes. In addition to his daily athletic training duties, he also serves as an instructor in the Department of Physical Education at WKU.
Edwards was a founding member of KATS and served as the treasurer of the organization from its beginnings in 1983 until 1992.
"Doc E" resides in Bowling Green with his wife Jennie and their two daughters, Faith, a WKU student, and Rachel, a student at Greenwood High School. He is an alumnus of Franklin-Simpson High School in nearby Franklin.
- WKU -