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Hidaka Appointed USW Athletics Head Athletic Trainer

February 25, 2018

    Hidaka Appointed USW Athletics Head Athletic Trainer

 HOBBS, N.M. – University of the Southwest Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is pleased to announce the addition of Yuichiro Hidaka as its new Head Athletic Trainer.

 "Yuichiro Hidaka brings a wealth of experience to USW as our new Head Athletic Trainer," stated Vice President for Institutional Development and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics William Weidner. "His proven background and well-rounded experience includes having served as an athletic trainer at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics with several NCAA Division I institutions in addition to having served with several professional sports organizations as well.  As our Head Athletic Trainer, Yuichiro's numerous earned high quality professional certifications and credentials are solid evidence of an individual who is well prepared to provide the necessary expertise and leadership that will be required to elevate our athletic training program at USW to a new level of excellence."   

 Hidaka is excited to join University of the Southwest and it's growing athletic department.

 "I am thrilled and grateful to Mr. Weidner and the search committee for this fantastic opportunity," Hidaka said. "It's an exciting time at USW and to be a part of a growing athletic department made this an outstanding fit."

 Hidaka comes from the University of Wyoming, an NCAA Division I institution and member of the Mountain West Conference, in Laramie, Wyoming. At UW, Hidaka accumulated valuable clinical experience while working with the women's soccer and track & field programs. He also assisted in the day-to-day operations of the athletic training department including the utilization of proper manual therapy techniques to provide adequate prevention and treatment of injuries.His experience with the Cowboy Athletic Training Program also specialized in the execution of strength training and Pilates knowledge to develop ultimate injury prevention and rehabilitation programs for sports specific movements.

 Well prepared for his new role as the Head Athletic Trainer at USW, Hidaka is fully certified as an Athletic Trainer (ATC), Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) and Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES). 

 Prior to Wyoming, Hidaka spent three years at Radford University, an NCAA Division I institution and member of the Big South Conference, located in Radford, Virginia. While serving at Radford, he primarily worked with the volleyball, track & field, women's soccer, and field hockey programs. During his tenure with the Highlanders, Hidaka also held the position of Drug Testing Coordinator for the entire athletic department.

 Hidaka has also served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at NCAA Division I Wichita State University where he gained his initial intercollegiate experience in the athletic training profession. During his stay with the Shocker athletic program, he worked with the men's and women's track &field and cross-country programs, the baseball program and the Wichita Heights High School football team.

 While at WSU, Hidaka also served as an intern in its strength and conditioning department, primarily working with volleyball and men's and women's track &field and cross county, baseball, women's basketball, men's and women's golf and women's tennis.

 In addition to his well-rounded athletic training experience gained at the NCAA Division I level, Hidaka has also served in various capacities within the field of athletic training at the professional level with the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball, the NEC Red Rockets professional volleyball organization of Yokohama, Japan and the Wichita Thunder Hockey team of the CHL. Hidaka has also provided his service as an athletic trainer with the 10 time world champion Drum and Bugle Corps, The Cadets, of Allentown, Pennsylvania as well as for Komae High School in Tokyo, Japan.

 Aside from his athletic training duties, Hidaka is an accomplished marathon runner. He has run in the Boston Marathon five times, the Honolulu Marathon and the Star City Half Marathon. Hidaka is also an engaged competitor in a number of 100 Mile and 50 Mile Endurance Runs that are featured nationally each year across the country.  

 Hidaka holds a Bachelor of Sport Science Degree from Nippon Sport Science University in Tokyo, Japan, a Bachelor of Arts in Athletic Training Degree from Wichita State University and a Master of Education and Sport Management Degree,also from Wichita State.

 "Yuichiro will be a wonderful addition to our athletic department, the University and the Hobbs community," continued Weidner. "On behalf of our USW Athletic Department and the University of the Southwest, we welcome Yuichiro Hidaka as the newest member of our Mustang Family."