United States Military Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams officially announced Mike Buddie as the academy's athletic director to lead West Point's intercollegiate athletic department. "Mike has a proven track record in leading organizations and developing teams," said Williams. "He exemplifies the ideals of this institution and he knows how to win in accordance with our values." The nation-wide search by the Army West Point Athletics Association in conjunction with Collegiate Sports Associates resulted in the selection of a director who embodies Army values to sustain a winning culture while educating, training and inspiring the next generation of Army officers.
Buddie arrives at West Point from Furman after leading the Paladins to a major resurgence on and off the field. He negotiated a multi-year partnership with Nike, produced the department's first balanced budget and spearheaded an effort to bring the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament back to upstate South Carolina in 2017, while also landing two future tournament stops. He also secured several major financial gifts, including a trio of $1 million dollar endowments in support of the football and volleyball programs. Under Buddie's leadership, the Paladins won 26 Southern Conference Championships and most recently a 73rd place finish among 294 NCAA Division I qualifying schools in Learfield Sports' Director's Cup competitions in 2018. Read more.