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 Jim Madaleno
Jim Madaleno

Director of Sports Medicine, Head Athletic Trainer


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Jim Madaleno enters his eighth year as director of sports medicine at Kentucky, his 16th year as the head athletic trainer for the Wildcats' football team.

Madaleno came to UK from Valdosta State University, where he was head athletic trainer from 1989-97 and also served as assistant athletics director for sports medicine. Madaleno also worked as the undergraduate curriculum director for an athletic training education program that has been accredited nationally.

Madaleno began his athletic training career as a student athletic trainer at Michigan State University, where he graduated in 1980. He was a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Florida State in 1980-81 and earned a master's in the department of movement science.

Madaleno first went to Valdosta State in 1982 with the inception of the school's football program as the school's first full-time athletics trainer.

In 1985, Madaleno took an assistant athletics trainer's position with the New York Giants. He was with the team when the Giants defeated Denver in the 1987 Super Bowl.

In 1988, Madaleno joined the renowned Hughston Sports Medicine Clinic in Columbus, Ga. He specialized in high school relations and promoted the need for certified athletic trainers on the high school level. However, Madaleno missed the day-to-day relationships with athletes and the excitement of competition, so he returned to Valdosta State in 1989.

In addition to his bachelor's and master's degrees, Madaleno is certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association and in the state of Kentucky.

He is a native of Dearborn, Mich. Jim and his wife, Paddy, have two children, Kiley Ann and Ryan James.