By Mike Lehman, TTU Sports activities Information
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – After serving the Tennessee Tech athletics department for much more than 20 a long time, Joe Erdeljac has been promoted to assistant athletic director for sporting activities medicine as introduced by Director of Athletics Mark Wilson. He formerly held the title of director of athletics drugs/head athletic trainer for the earlier 3 several years, head athletic coach for 10 a long time, and assistant athletic trainer for seven decades.
“I am humbled and thankful for this possibility,” Erdeljac expressed. “I respect the frequent assistance and religion that [Director of Athletics] Mark Wilson and President [Dr. Philip] Oldham have offered me over the decades and continue to clearly show. The well being and basic safety of our university student-athletes is often a top rated priority for this University, and for them to set that excellent responsibility in my fingers and individuals of my team shows a good offer of belief, for which I am incredibly thankful.”
Erdeljac was and proceeds to be instrumental in the Golden Eagles’ navigation by the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, offering invaluable perception on the at any time-transforming polices, recommendations, and implications for all Tennessee Tech college student-athletes, coaches, and staff members. He labored hand-in-hand with health and fitness officials from throughout campus, the county, and the point out to help let Tech athletics to contend throughout the 2020-21 athletic year and outside of.
“Joe has been and carries on to be these a critical portion of the Tennessee Tech athletics’ family members,” Wilson stated. “I have no notion the place we would have been and what we would have finished devoid of his remarkable leadership and initiative during the COVID-19 pandemic and every little thing that has resulted from it. We have been fortunate to have Joe with us for far more than 20 many years. His difficult function and determination to the perfectly-currently being of our college student-athletes are just tiny sections of what will make him the excellent in good shape as our assistant athletic director for sports drugs.”
He presently will work generally with the Golden Eagle soccer staff although delivering assist for all 14 of Tech’s athletic sports activities applications. Erdeljac manages a personnel of five full-time athletic trainers and two graduate assistant trainers. He also oversees the department’s drug training and tests applications.
Erdeljac provides supplemental assistance in the course of the section – which include video game-day assist throughout several Tech household activities – and serves as an assistant director of Tech’s once-a-year fundraising celebration, the Pepsi Bobby Nichols Golden Eagle Scramble offered by Michelob Ultra.
In the fall of 2018, Erdeljac was promoted to the title of director of sports activities medicine/head athletic trainer. He was named as the head athletic coach at Tech in July 2008, kicking off his next stint performing for the University.
He previously served as an assistant athletic trainer for the Golden Eagles for 7 yrs from 1992 to 1999. All through that time, he served as the athletic trainer for the men’s basketball crew and labored with the college student-athletes on all of Tech’s teams.
Between his two work opportunities with Tennessee Tech, Erdeljac labored for 9 yrs with large school athletes for the Cookeville Regional Healthcare Middle.
A indigenous of West Virginia, Erdeljac began his profession in 1988 although an undergraduate at the College of West Virginia. Upon graduation with a bachelor’s degree in science and actual physical education, he took a graduate assistant situation at Austin Peay and received his master’s degree in 1989.
From there, he acknowledged his 1st comprehensive-time place as an assistant athletic trainer at LaSalle College in Philadelphia, a put up he held until finally remaining hired for a related assignment at Tech beneath previous head athletic coach David Environmentally friendly.
After 7 decades at the University, he approved a placement in 1999 with the Cookeville Regional Health-related Center as head athletic coach for Upperman Significant College in Baxter, a placement he held right up until accepting the major submit in Tech’s sports medication division in 2008.
During his time with CRMC, he was a volunteer athletic trainer at the United States Olympic Education Middle in Colorado Springs.