Baylor University Vice President and Director of Athletics Mack Rhoades continues his progressive restructure of the athletics program with the addition of Kenny Boyd. Boyd will serve in a new role as Senior Associate Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Health and Wellness beginning July 9.
“Student-athlete wellness is at the heart of our Preparing Champions for Life mission, and I am thrilled to have Kenny Boyd lead us in this area,” Rhoades said. “He and his family embody our Christian ideals and, under his guidance, I have no doubt that we will be trendsetters nationally in terms of student-athlete wellness in and out of the athletics arena.”
The newly created position pushes Baylor to the forefront nationally in the area of student-athlete wellness and care. In the innovative role, Boyd will oversee the execution and expansion of athletics performance, applied performance, sports medicine, physical therapy, nutrition and mental health programs. By placing these areas under the direction of one individual, Baylor will be able to enhance the student-athlete well-being experience across all 19 athletics programs.
“I feel blessed and honored to join the Baylor family and assume a role centered on student-athlete health and wellness,” Boyd said. “My wife, Ellen, and I are excited to move our family back to Texas and be a part of Mack Rhoades’ vision for the athletics department. I want to thank Mack for giving me the opportunity to execute his mission, and also Dr. Mario Ciocca, Larry Fedora, Bubba Cunningham and the great people at UNC for their support in this process and over the past three years.”
Boyd spent the last three years at North Carolina as the head athletic trainer for the football program. While serving as a member of the Executive Sports Medicine Staff Committee, he worked to develop and revise concussion management, emergency action and heat illness policies. Boyd’s work as a preceptor for CAATE, NCAA-Department of Defense Concussion Assessment, Research and Education Consortium (CARE) and creation and implementation of a Fusionetics movement efficiency program helped him earn Athletic Trainer of the Year recognition by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association in June 2015.
Before North Carolina, Boyd served as an associate athletic trainer at Texas for 11 years. As the head football athletic trainer, he provided care for Longhorn student-athletes and facilitated institutional, conference and NCAA drug testing. Boyd coordinated a lecture series for sports medicine continuing education and served as a guest lecturer and approved preceptor for CAATE.
Boyd also worked on sports medicine staffs at Colorado, Mississippi State and Northwestern. While with the Buffs, he worked with men’s basketball, football, golf and tennis programs and served as the student program coordinator.
Boyd earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Sciences specializing in Athletic Training from the University of Florida in 1998 and a Master of Science in Sport Administration from Mississippi State in 2000. While pursuing his master’s degree, Boyd served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer for the football team and coordinated rehab with the team’s physical therapist.
Boyd is an active member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, where he has served on several professional committees. Highly regarded as a leader in the profession, he presents at symposiums and offers certification courses often.
Boyd, who grew up in Pensacola, Fla., and his wife, Ellen, have three children, Taylor, Macy and Owen.