Mike Buddie Named Athletics Director at Furman
Furman president Dr. Elizabeth Davis introduced Mike Buddie as the school’s new athletics director Wednesday afternoon at the Pearce-Horton Football Complex on campus. Buddie comes to Furman following a decade at Wake Forest University, where most recently he served as senior associate athletic director for administration/development.
“We have a lot of connections at Wake Forest, and as we called around we heard the same things: Mike Buddie is experienced, intelligent, creative, funny, collaborative, and competitive,” said Davis. “Mike’s experience as a student-athlete, professional baseball player, development officer, athletics administrator, and member of the NCAA Division 1 Baseball Committee afford him the expertise he needs to fulfill the aspiration articulated in Furman’s Vision 2020: become a national exemplar of how a strong Division I athletics program may be compatible with academic excellence.”
“This is an incredible opportunity for me and for my family,” said Buddie. “The deeper into the search I got, the more impressed I was with every aspect of Furman University. I wanted the opportunity to be surrounded by exceptional people who would push me to become better and also support my efforts. Every person I met during the search had obvious passion and love for Furman, which was very attractive to me.”
Buddie oversaw a number of different areas at Wake Forest, serving as the sport administrator for baseball, women’s soccer, and men’s golf squads while also working with the football and men’s basketball programs.
He is 1993 graduate of Wake Forest, where he was a three-year letter winner as a pitcher on the Demon Deacon baseball team. Drafted by the New York Yankees in the fourth round of the 1992 MLB Draft, he spent five seasons in the major leagues. He was a member of the Yankees’ 1998 World Series championship squad and later spent three seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers.
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