Wake Forest’s Mike Buddie emerges as AD candidate at The Citadel

Is this the frontrunner for the AD position?

Is this the frontrunner for the AD position?

by: Jeff Hartsell
The Charleston Post and Courier 7/30/14 posted postandcourier.com 6:07pm

The committee searching for The Citadel’s next athletic director will meet Thursday morning in Charlotte, apparently to interview candidates for the job. Sources said Wednesday that one of the candidates to be interviewed is Mike Buddie, associate AD for administration and development at Wake Forest.

Sources also said that Citadel baseball coach Fred Jordan is not a candidate for the job, and that Presbyterian AD Brian Reese is not among those who will be interviewed at the Thursday meeting. Bill D’Andrea, who just retired as Clemson’s senior executive associate AD and was reported to be a Citadel candidate, also is not among the group to be interviewed, sources said.

Buddie, 43, has worked at Wake Forest for nine years and is a former Deacon pitcher who played for the New York Yankees and Milwaukee Brewers in Major League Baseball, spending two seasons with New York and three with Milwaukee. He won a World Series title with the Yankees in 1998. At Wake Forest, Buddie served as director of the Varsity Club before moving to his current job, where he oversees baseball, women’s soccer and men’s and women’s golf and works with football and men’s basketball, as well. Buddie was one of three finalists for the AD job at Chattanooga last year.

Search committee chairman Tee Hooper did not return phone messages Wednesday. The Citadel is seeking a replacement for Larry Leckonby, who left the military school after seven years to become AD at Catawba College.


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