Brad Pike joins Cincinnati Athletics as DA Senior Executive Partner


Zach Stipe

Assistant AD / Communications

CINCINNATI- University of Cincinnati Athletic Director John Cunningham announced on Thursday the hiring of Brad Pike as Senior Associate Executive Director of Sports, Health and Wellness.

Pike will oversee all aspects of Cincinnati Athletics student-athlete health and wellness operations, including the sports medicine, sports psychology and wellness, and sports performance departments.

“Brad is a leader in sports medicine and college sports administration,” Cunningham said. “He is the perfect person to oversee our comprehensive health and wellness programs as we continue to develop our departments to provide the best care for our student-athletes. Brad’s background and experience speak for themselves- “He helped student-athletes perform at the highest level on and off the court, his life’s work. We are thrilled to have him join our team.”

A veteran of over 30 years in the field of sports medicine, Pike will be a valuable addition to Cunningham’s management staff.

Pike joins the Bearcats from Syracuse, where he worked for more than 20 years and served as a health care administrator for the athletic department and assistant athletic director for sports medicine since 2016.

“Brad’s name and reputation have risen to the top as we set out to recruit an industry leader with experience uniting departments to better serve the development and holistic care of student-athletes,” said Maggie McKinley, Deputy Sports Director/SWA. “I am thrilled to see how his leadership will transform the experience and performance of our student-athletes.”

Pike has worked with Syracuse’s men’s basketball program since 2000, winning a national championship and appearing in three Final Fours. He was named head athletic trainer and director of sports medicine for the Orange in 2005. He also led rehabilitation for all sports during his tenure at Syracuse.

In 2020, Pike was named one of 15 members of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s COVID-19 Medical Advisory Group.

“I am delighted to join John Cunninghamof the leadership team at the University of Cincinnati,” Pike said. John has for the future. I look forward to working with the Sports Medicine, Wellness and Performance Units to provide the safest and most balanced experience for all Bearcats student-athletes. »

Pike was a graduate assistant for Orange from 1989-1991 and worked in outpatient physical therapy centers for nine years before returning to Syracuse.

He graduated in 1989 from Marietta (Ohio) College, where he received his bachelor’s degree in sports medicine. He received his Masters in Education from Syracuse in 1991 and also earned a Bachelors Degree in Physical Therapy from SUNY Health Science Center in 1994.

A certified member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), College Athletic Trainers Society, Eastern Athletic Trainers Association, and New York State Athletic Trainers Association, Pike has presented at numerous symposia and workshops.

He and his wife, Lynne, have two children – Ryan and Emily.


The University of Cincinnati Department of Athletics competes at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics with a vision to achieve Next Level Success for the 18 university teams and more than 500 student-athletes. The Bearcats have a proud athletic history, winning eight national championships and 117 conference titles. Cincinnati’s men’s basketball team is among the top 15 winningest programs of all time, while the football team became the first American Athletic Conference program to make the college football playoffs in 2021 Olympic gold medalist, volleyball player Jordan Thompson, NBA Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson and Major League Baseball legend Sandy Koufax are among the personalities who have competed as the Bearcats.

UC student-athletes collectively posted an overall GPA of 3,387 in fall 2021 with 78% honor roll earning.

Under the direction of the sports director John Cunninghamand supported by more than 150 full-time employees, The mission of UC Athletics is to relate our community, improve our university and impact the lives of student-athletes as they prepare to change the world on and off the field.

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