June 1, 2013
WACO, Texas - In his 38th-year serving Baylor student-athletes, Mike Sims, Assistant Athletic Director of Athletic Training, has been awarded the Southwest Athletic Trainers Association's 2013 Most Distinguished Award.
The SWATA Executive Board recently named Sims the winner for his leadership, dedication, work ethic and loyalty to the athletic training profession. He has worked at Baylor full-time since 1981, after spending five years as a Baylor student trainer.
Starting in 1981, Sims served three years as an assistant trainer, before becoming BU's head trainer in October 1984. He was promoted to director of sports medicine in 1993 and then to Assistant Athletic Director of Athletic Training in 2006.
In his current role, Sims works as the head athletic trainer for Baylor's football program, while overseeing a staff of 10 full-time athletic trainers for all of BU's 19 varsity sports.
Licensed by the State of Texas and certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association, Sims is a member of the board of directors of the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE). He helps determine safety standards for equipment such as football and baseball helmets and catcher's masks. He also served 16 years on the NATA Ethics Committee, including seven years as the committee chair.
Sims' previous honors include receiving 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 graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Baylor in 1980 and earned his master's degree two years later.
The Cedar Hill, Texas, native will be honored at the SWATA Honor and Awards Luncheon on July 19 in Houston.