Utah State University Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes announced Thursday that Mike Williams has been named head athletics trainer and will begin his duties at USU on May 1. Williams replaces Dale Mildenberger who is retiring from the university after 38 years.
“We are thrilled to have Mike remain on staff and move into the position of head athletics trainer,” Barnes said. "Mike has been a valued employee during his many years at USU and brings tremendous experience and knowledge with him to this position. It’s a great fit.”
Williams has spent the past 14 years as an assistant athletics trainer at Utah State, working primarily with the men’s basketball program, while providing support for USU’s other 15 NCAA Division I programs.
Williams, who was named the 2012-13 Athletic Trainer of the Year in the state of Utah, was also presented the Heartsaver Hero Award by the American Heart Association this winter as he began cardiopulmonary resuscitation and used an automated external defibrillator on men’s basketball player Danny Berger after he collapsed unexpectedly during a USU practice on Dec. 4, 2012.
Williams was also honored at the 2013 USU Robins Awards as he received the Gerald R. Sherratt Award, which is given to a member of the university who has displayed superior leadership skills and abilities as well as unsurpassed dedication and service to others.
“I want to thank Scott Barnes and Utah State University for the support and opportunity to be the head athletics trainer,” Williams said. “I also want to thank Dale Mildenberger for his guidance and leadership over the past 14 years and I aspire to live up to the standard he has set in this position. The support USU Athletics receives is second to none and I am honored to be associated with everyone in the athletics department from the coaches and student-athletes, to all of its administrators.”
Prior to working at Utah State, Williams also worked for Intermountain Health Care in Logan as an athletic trainer and served as the head athletic trainer for the Idaho Stampede of the Continental Basketball Association.
Williams began his athletic training career at Utah State University where he received his bachelor’s degree in exercise science in 1996. He then attended the University of Idaho and graduated with a master's of science degree in sports administration in 1997.
Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.