Joe Erdeljac
Joe Erdeljac
Title: Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine
Phone: 931-372-3934

Joe Erdeljac is in his first year as Tennessee Tech’s assistant athletic director for sports medicine and 21st overall as a member of the Tech athletics department. He previously held the title of director of sports medicine/head athletic trainer for three years, head athletic trainer for 10 years, and assistant athletic trainer for seven years.

Erdeljac was and continues to be instrumental in the Golden Eagles’ navigation through the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, providing invaluable insight on the ever-changing regulations, recommendations, and implications for all Tennessee Tech student-athletes, coaches, and staff members. He worked hand-in-hand with health officials from across campus, the county, and the state to help allow Tech athletics to compete during the 2020-21 athletic season and beyond.

He currently works primarily with the Golden Eagle football team while providing support for all 14 of Tech’s athletic sport programs. Erdeljac manages a staff of five full-time athletic trainers and two graduate assistant trainers. He also oversees the department’s drug-education and testing programs.

Erdeljac provides additional support throughout the department – including game-day support across multiple Tech home events – and serves as an assistant director of Tech’s annual fundraising event, the Pepsi Bobby Nichols Golden Eagle Scramble presented by Michelob Ultra.

In the fall of 2018, Erdeljac was promoted to the title of director of sports medicine/head athletic trainer. He was named as the head athletic trainer at Tech in July, 2008, kicking off his second stint working for the University.

He previously served as an assistant athletic trainer for the Golden Eagles for seven years from 1992 to 1999. During that time, he served as the athletic trainer for the men's basketball team and worked with the student-athletes on all of Tech's teams.

Between his two employment opportunities with Tennessee Tech, Erdeljac worked for nine years with high school athletes for the Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

A native of West Virginia, Erdeljac began his career in 1988 while an undergraduate at the University of West Virginia. Upon graduation with a bachelor's degree in science and physical education, he took a graduate assistant position at Austin Peay and received his master's degree in 1989.

From there, he accepted his first full-time position as an assistant athletic trainer at LaSalle University in Philadelphia, a post he held until being hired for a similar assignment at Tech under former head athletic trainer David Green.

After seven years at the University, he accepted a position in 1999 with the Cookeville Regional Medical Center as head athletic trainer for Upperman High School in Baxter, a position he held until accepting the top post in Tech's sports medicine department in 2008.

During his time with CRMC, he was a volunteer athletic trainer at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.