Mike Sims, considered one of the nation's leading authorities on
sports equipment safety standards, is in his 31st year of service to
Baylor's student-athletes, coaches and staff. He was promoted to
Assistant Athletic Director in August 2006.
Born and raised in Cedar Hill, Texas, Sims served as a student trainer
at Cedar Hill High School, where he graduated from in 1975. He then
spent five years as a Baylor student trainer and graduated with a bachelor
of science degree in 1980 and his master's degree two years later.
Licensed by the State of Texas and certified by NATA, Sims became
Baylor's first full-time assistant trainer in 1981. He served three years in
that position before becoming BU's head trainer in October 1984. Sims
was promoted to director of sports medicine in 1993.
As a member of the board of directors of the National Operating
Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE), Sims helps
determine safety standards for equipment such as football and baseball
helmets and catcher's masks. He served 16 years on the NATA Ethics
Committee including seven years as the committee chair.
Sims received the 2006 Dave Campbell Award from the Greater Waco
Chamber of Commerce and the 2007 NATA Service Award. He was
president of the Southwest Athletic Trainers Association in 1991-92.
Sims is married to the former Suzanne Stevens, also a Baylor graduate,
and the couple has two children: Jessica, a senior at Baylor, and Keith, a
sophomore at Baylor. Sims is a deacon at First Baptist Church of