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Jim Madaleno - Football - University of Kentucky Athletics




  • Michigan State, 1980
  • Florida State, 1981

Additional Experience/Certifications:

  • Head Athletic Trainer, Valdosta State
  • Assistant Athletic Trainer, New York Giants
  • Athletic Trainer, Valdosta State
  • Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer, Florida State Football


  • Began working on the Wildcats’ athletic training staff in 1997
  • Spent 14 years as the director of sports medicine at Kentucky, overseeing football
  • Promoted to senior associate athletics director for sports medicine after the 2018 season
  • Won the 2018 Chris Patrick Award awarded by the SEC Sports Medicine Committee … The award recognizes “work ethic, loyalty, and a caring-nature to the student-athlete”
  • 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
  • Worked as the undergraduate curriculum director for an athletic training education program that has been accredited nationally.
  • Began his athletic training career as a student athletic trainer at Michigan State University, where he graduated in 1980
  • Served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Florida State in 1980-81 and earned a master’s in the department of movement science
  • Was Valdosta State’s first full-time athletics trainer Valdosta State in 1982 with the inception of the school’s football program
  • Was an assistant athletics trainer with the New York Giants in 1985 and was with the team when the Giants defeated Denver in the 1987 Super Bowl
  • Joined the renowned Hughston Sports Medicine Clinic in Columbus, Ga., in 1988 and then returned to Valdosta State in 1989
  • Has mentored hundreds of students in their pursuit of athletic training
  • Three of his former Kentucky assistants are now head athletic trainers for football in the Southeastern Conference – Gabe Amponsah at Kentucky, Jeff Allen at Alabama and Paul Silvestri at Florida
  • In all, 12 former students or graduate assistants are Division 1 head athletic trainers
  • Is certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association and in the state of Kentucky
  • Jim and his wife, Paddy, have two children, Kiley Ann and Ryan James
  • Originally from Dearborn, Mich.
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