Michael Estes, MS, ATC, LAT, was promoted to Associate Athletic Director for Administration in July 2014 after serving as the Associate Athletics Director for Health Performance for two years.
In the new position, Estes is responsible for overseeing Athletics Communication, Marketing, Strength and Conditioning ans Sports Medicine and is the primary sport supervisor for the men's soccer, baseball and men's and women's tennis programs.
Estes enters his 14th year with FGCU, where he began as the Naples Community Hospital Athletic Training Coordinator. As the Head Athletic Trainer, Estes was promoted to Assistant Athletics Director in 2009 and earned the title of Associate Athletics Director for Health Performance in 2012. Estes, who is licensed as a Certified and Licensed Athletic Trainer, continues to supervise the Athletic Training staff.
Estes was promoted to Associate Athletic Director for Health Performance by current Director of Athletics, Ken Kavanagh, following three years as the Eagle’s Assistant Athletic Director and Head Athletic Trainer. In addition to directing the FGCU Sports Medicine-Athletic Training Staff, Estes served as on the department's executive staff, and was the Sports Coordinator for FGCU Men’s and Women’s Tennis and Men's and Women's Golf.
Estes has been with FGCU since 2001 through a partnership with Naples Community Hospital where he served as their Athletic Training Coordinator overseeing the NCH Sports Medicine Outreach Program in the Collier County Public Schools in addition to establishing the sports medicine healthcare delivery system for FGCU student-athletes. He is one of the few remaining early pioneers of FGCU Athletics.
Estes, a graduate of Wright State University, received his Master’s degree in athletic training from Indiana State University. Prior to joining FGCU and Naples Community Hospital, he served as the director of sports medicine services at inMotion Rehabilitation in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Estes has served as the head athletic trainer at the University of South Florida, Manatee High School and Kentucky Wesleyan College where he was the athletic trainer for the NCAA Division II national champions men’s basketball team in 1990.
In addition to his collegiate athletic training experience, Estes served as the associate athletic trainer for the Manatee Community College JUCO World Series runner-up team in 2002, for the 1999 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Final Four, the 1999 Outback Bowl and the 1998 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Regional. Estes was named the College/University Athletic Trainer of the Year in the state of Florida for 1999 by the Athletic Trainers’ Association of Florida. He also received the “Backbone Award” from the Athletic Trainers’ Association of Florida in 1997. Estes currently serves as an adjunct professor in the College of Health Professions FGCU.
Estes and his wife Tracy have two children, Dylan who is a sophomore at Florida Southwestern State College and Monica who is a senior at FGCU.