Head Athletic Trainer
Colleges: Arizona State University (B.S.)
West Virginia University (M.S.)
Years in NBA: 9
Casey Smith enters his sixth season as head athletic trainer of the Dallas Mavericks after four seasons with the Phoenix Suns, where he was assistant athletic trainer from 2000-03 and head strength and conditioning specialist in 2003-04. He serves as the chairman-elect of the executive board of the National Basketball Athletic Trainers' Association (NBATA).
Prior to joining the NBA ranks, he was head basketball athletic trainer at Arizona State University from 1997-2000. Smith was clinical director of athletic training services at Morgantown (W. Va.) Physical Therapy Associates from 1993-96. He also served as head athletic trainer for Jefferson Morgan High School in Jefferson, Pa.
The Wellston, Ohio, native received an undergraduate degree in exercise physiology from Arizona State University in 1992 and a master’s degree in athletic training from West Virginia University in 1994. Smith received Performance Enhancement Specialist, Integrated Flexibility Specialist (IFS), and Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, Performance Advisory Board of the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and a member of the Board of Advisors for Men’s Fitness magazine.
Casey was honored to serve as athletic trainer for the U.S. Men’s Boxing Team at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, and the U.S.Men’s Basketball Team at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He was the athletic trainer, along with Keith Jones of the Houston Rockets, for USA Basketball Senior Men's team at the 2006 FIBA World Championships in Saitama, Japan, the 2007 Tournament of the Americas in Las Vegas, Nevada, and for the gold medal winning USA team at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. He has also traveled to Argentina and China as a part of the NBA's Basketball Without Borders program.
Casey resides in Dallas.
Assistant Athletic Trainer
College: San Diego State (B.S.)
Years in NBA: 5
Dionne Calhoun is in his sixth season with the Mavericks as the assistant athletic trainer after having served two seasons in the same capacity with the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL.
He has served as an athletic trainer for the Senegalese Men’s National Basketball Team. Calhoun has also spent two summers as the athletic trainer for the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders program in Africa. In 2006 he served as the Athletic Trainer for the 2006 Pete Newell’s Big Man Camp in Las Vegas Nevada.
Prior to acquiring a full-time position with San Francisco, Calhoun spent the 2002 season as an intern for the 49ers and was a training camp intern from 1999-2001. Calhoun worked the early part of 2003 as a trainer at Pacific Thex and was responsible for implementing rehab programs.
He worked at South Bay Spine and Sport as an athletic trainer, designing and implementing post-operative rehab programs and assessing patients. Calhoun received a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, with an emphasis in athletic training, from San Diego State University in 2000.
After graduation, he was the head football trainer at Marion Catholic (Imperial Beach, Calif.) High School. Born in Compton, Calif., Calhoun graduated from Banning (Wilmington, Calif.) High in 1995.
He is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), the National Basketball Athletic Trainers’ Association (NBATA) and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).