When it comes to athletic injuries at Louisiana Tech, the Bulldogs and Lady Techsters turn to one of their own as well as one of the best orthopedic surgeons in the United States in Dr. Billy Bundrick.
Dr. Bundrick, who runs the Bone and Joint Clinic in Bossier City, has been a familiar face to the Louisiana Tech athletic programs for many years. Since returning to work with his alma mater in 1973, Bundrick has been serving the student-athletes at Louisiana Tech for almost 40 years.
"I enjoy working with the athletes at Louisiana Tech," Dr. Bundrick said. "It is a joy to work with athletes because they are people who want to get better and get back on the field."
It was in 1957 that Dr. Bundrick, a young standout football player, decided to transfer from Texas A&M to Louisiana Tech. He earned three letters in football at Tech, including co-captaining the 1959 team to a 9-1 record.
Following the 1959 season, Bundrick made the decision to give up football so he could focus on his studies as he graduated from Louisiana Tech before heading to LSU Medical School in New Orleans.
In 1969, Dr. Bundrick joined the staff at the Bone and Joint Clinic in Shreveport, and he has earned the reputation as one of the top orthopedic doctors in the country ever since.
He regained his connection with Louisiana Tech in 1973 when former Bulldog coach Pat Collins saw him at a Captain Shreve High School football game and asked him if he could travel to Ruston to help with the medical treatment of the players during practices. Dr. Bundrick agreed and has been going back and forth from Shreveport to Ruston for almost four decades.
Dr. Bundrick's love for his alma mater shows as he has been a generous benefactor including funding the state-of-the-art William S. Bundrick Sports Medicine Center at Louisiana Tech located in the Charles Wyly Athletic Center. This beautiful 3,800-square foot facility contains a Swimex therapeutic pool, cardiovascular equipment, private staff offices and a physician's examination room.
He is a member of the Louisiana Tech Athletics Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Tech Hall of Fame and was named the Louisiana Tech Alumnus of the Year in 1986. He also earned the Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Medicine from the Ark-La-Tex Sports Museum of Champions in 2010.
Dr. Bundrick is a member of the Herodicus Sports Medicine Society, and elite group comprised of sports medicine physicians in the United States, Canada and Europe. He is also a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Orthopedics Society of Sports Medicine.
In 2005, the American Orthopedics Society of Sports Medicine awarded him the Thomas Broady Community Service Award.
Dr. Bundrick serves on the board of trustees for the American Sports Medicine Institute, which continues to pioneer developments in the field of athletic medicine.
He also serves on the board of directors for the Northwest Louisiana Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and in 1996, received the FCA Founders Award. He was also the 1991 Sports Foundation Sportsman of the Year.
Dr. Bundrick is married to Linda C. Covington.