Mike Buddie Named Athletic Director at Furman
Mike Buddie has been named the athletic director at Furman University

Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@DemonDeacons)

Mike Buddie, Wake Forest's senior associate athletic director for administration/development, has been named the athletic director at Furman University. The announcement was made on Wednesday, July 29.

Buddie has been at Wake Forest for the past 10 years where he oversaw a number of different areas, serving as the sport administrator for baseball, women's soccer, and men's golf while also working with the football and men's basketball programs. His varied duties included scheduling, travel, budget oversight, and tracking academic progress of student-athletes. He also cultivated relationships with donors for major gift opportunities and oversaw construction, event management, multi-media, and auxiliary revenue units. In addition, he was involved with contracts, conference issues, NCAA legislation, and capital projects.

"Mike Buddie will be a very positive addition to the Furman athletics program," said Wake Forest Athletic Director Ron Wellman. "He will bring a great energy and enthusiasm that will be felt by all of the coaches, staff, student-athletes and all of Furman's constituencies. Mike has proven himself to be a thoughtful and forward-thinking leader. He has served as our Associate AD for Administration and Development and has done a superb job. He also was a college student-athlete and professional player so he has a thorough understanding of the life of a student-athlete. He will make good decisions that will benefit everybody associated with Furman University.

Before moving to his current position, Buddie served as director of the Varsity Club, promoting and preserving the friendships and loyalties enjoyed by former student-athletes at Wake Forest. He served as director of development for the Calloway School of Business & Accountancy for two years before beginning his career in athletic administration.

He earned a B.A. in communications in 1993 from Wake Forest, where he was a three-year letter winner as a pitcher on the Demon Deacon baseball team. He still holds the program's single-season record for strikeouts with 138 in 1992.

Drafted by the New York Yankees in the fourth round of the 1992 MLB Draft, Buddie spent five seasons in the major leagues, pitching in 87 games from 1998-2002. He was a member of the Yankees' 1998 World Series championship squad and later spent three seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers.

A Berea, Ohio, native, Buddie and his wife Traci have two children, Zachary and Zoe.

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