GU Adds Bill Drake as Assistant Director of Athletics for Student-Athlete Health and Wellness

July 5, 2016

SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga Director of Athletics Mike Roth announced the addition of Bill Drake as the school’s first Assistant Director of Athletics for Student-Athlete Health and Wellness on Tuesday.

“I would like to thank Mike Roth, Shannon Strahl and Gonzaga Athletics for this fantastic and unique opportunity. To join the student-athlete health and wellness team at Gonzaga is truly a privilege,” Drake said. “I am thankful for all the experience and support Washington State University has given myself and my family for many years. We will miss Pullman and the Palouse, but look forward to becoming part of the Spokane community.”

In this new administrative role, Drake will have direct oversight of athletic training, strength and conditioning, nutrition services and student-athlete wellness. Through a collaborative and comprehensive approach, his leadership of the area will help Gonzaga continue to provide student-athletes with high-quality services efficiently and effectively.

“Bill brings a wealth of experience and will be a great asset to our department,” Roth said. “He has the knowledge and leadership ability to build on our tradition of excellence and take the care of our student-athletes to the next level.”

Drake will work closely with the athletic training staff, strength and conditioning staff and area health care professionals to design, develop and implement programming in athletic training care, prevention and rehabilitation, nutrition and overall student-athlete health and wellness. In addition, he will provide administrative support and innovation in an ever-changing area within college athletics.

Drake joins Gonzaga Athletics after serving as the Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Training Services at Washington State since 2004. He was WSU’s Head Athletic Trainer from 1999-02, and Director of Athletic Training Services from 2002-04. During his time leading the athletic training area at WSU, Drake supervised seven full-time athletic trainers and six interns in coordinating services for over 400 student-athletes. He also played a major role in WSU’s strategic planning, recruitment and growth of health and wellness collaborations and services of a physical therapist, sports dietician, well-being coordinator, psychologist and operations manager.

Overall, Drake has 24 years as a full-time staff member in athletic training after working as an assistant athletic trainer at Washington State from 1992-98. He served as the head athletic trainer at Nevada in 1998-99 before returning to WSU.

Drake earned a Bachelor of Science degree in sport science with a minor in athletic training from Idaho in 1990, and a Master in Education degree from Weber State in 1992, where he worked as a graduate assistant athletic trainer.

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