Head Athletic Trainer
Wally Blase begins his 13th season with the Atlanta Hawks as the team's Head Athletic Trainer. He is responsible for the day-to-day health of the team, the evaluation and rehabilitation therapy of athletic injuries, and the supervision of the Hawks Sports Medicine staff.
Blase came to the Hawks organization in 2000 after four years as the assistant athletic trainer with the Chicago Bulls, during which he was part of two NBA championships. As the Bulls assistant, he was actively involved with assisting the head athletic trainer with all aspects of the team's medical needs, including the prevention, care, and rehabilitation of the athletes.
He is certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) and National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and is a certified Performance Enhancement Specialist, through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Blase is a member of the National Basketball Athletic Trainers Association (NBATA), where he has served on the executive committee for the past three years. In 2005, the Southeast Athletic Trainers Association (SEATA) named Blase the Professional Athletic Trainer of the Year. Currently, he is serving as the chairman of the NBATA.
A native of Niles, Illinois, Blase has done several internships in the athletic training department of the NFL's Chicago Bears (the summers of 1994, '96 and '98). He also spent time as the head athletic trainer with the Cincinnati Rockers arena football team (1993). Additionally, Blase also served as the Athletic Trainer for the NBA’s Eastern Conference All-Star team in 2003, when the game was held at Philips Arena.
Blase spent three seasons as a student athletic trainer at Winona State University, where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in sports medicine in 1992. In 1996, he earned his masters in sports psychology from Syracuse University while serving two years as a graduate assistant trainer.
Born June 4, 1970 in Niles, Illinois, Blase his wife Kristine and daughter Audrey reside in Smyrna.
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Colleges: Loyola Marymount University (B.S.)
In his 16th season with the Hawks, and beginning his ninth as Assistant Coach/Player Performance, is Pete Radulovic. Prior to his promotion, he spent seven seasons as the team's Strength & Conditioning Coach.
Radulovic came to the Hawks from the National Hockey League's Los Angeles Kings, where he served two seasons as their Strength and Conditioning Coach (1995-97). Prior to his stint with the Kings, he was a trainer with the United States Tennis Association, where he undertook training responsibilities at the various USTA tournament sites.
He is certified by the National Athletic Trainer's Association (NATA) and National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
Radulovic, who grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, and attended Punahou High School, is a 1989 graduate of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he played volleyball as an undergraduate.
He earned his teaching certification at LMU in 1990, before joining the USTA staff. Radulovic served as a graduate assistant trainer with Loyola's sports teams during his final year there. He has also done training work at various Great Western Forum events, including team tennis and roller hockey.