Head Athletic Trainer
College: Fort Hays State University (B.S. and M.S.)
Years in NBATA: 22
One of the most respected trainers in the NBA, Jim Gillen is in his 22nd season with the Nuggets. He is responsible for the treatment and rehabilitation of all injuries, in conjunction with the team's medical staff.
In addition, he serves as the team's travel coordinator and works closely with Strength and Conditioning Coach Steve Hess to monitor the Nuggets' workout regimen and diet.
Gillen traveled across town in 1991 to join the Nuggets after serving as the assistant athletic trainer for the Denver Broncos from '87-90. During his tenure with the Broncos, Gillen accompanied the team to three Super Bowls. He and Broncos Head Athletic Trainer Steve Antonopulos were named the NFL's Athletic Training Staff of the Year in '87.
Prior to joining the Broncos, Gillen was an athletic trainer for the AMI/Denver Broncos Sports Medicine Clinic in 1987 and served as the head athletic trainer at Overland High School from '82-86 and Aurora Central High School from '80-82.
After receiving his bachelor's and master's degrees from Fort Hays State (Kan.), Gillen was the head athletic trainer at Roosevelt High School in San Antonio before moving to Denver.
A member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and the American College of Sports Medicine, Gillen is a past president of the Colorado Athletic Trainers Association. He is also past Chairman of the NBA Athletic Trainers Association and is a recipient of the National Athletic Trainers Association 25 Year Award.
Gillen has served as an athletic trainer at three NBA All-Star Games, working the 2005 (Denver) and 2003 (Atlanta) contests as the head trainer for the Western Conference and the 1995 game in Phoenix as an assistant.
He was honored with the Joe O'Toole NBA Athletic Trainer of the Year Award in 2002 and 2008 and was an athletic trainer for USA Basketball at the 2002 World Championships in Indianapolis. In 2010 Gillen was inducted into the Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame, which represents the states of Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona.
Gillen established the Excellence in High School Athletic Training Award in 2003 given annually to the top high school athletic training program in Colorado and Wyoming. The recipient receives a monetary donation for supplies and equipment and is recognized at a Nuggets home game. In addition, each year a "Comeback Athlete of the Year" and the school that the athlete attends are rewarded for outstanding rehab.
A native of Meade, Kan., his family includes wife Terri, daughter Rachel; daughter Jamee Ulitzky, her husband Josh and their children Joey, Jordan and Julia; son J.D., his wife Emily and their daughters Alexsis and Aspen; and daughter Amanda Lloyd and her husband J and their daughter Karaline.
College: University of Utah (B.S.)
Central Washington University (M.S.)
Years in NBATA: 6
Dan Shimensky begins his second season with the Denver Nuggets as Assistant Athletic Trainer/Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach.
Dan’s duties include helping Head Athletic Trainer Jim Gillen in various capacities within the athletic training room and on team road trips.
As an assistant strength and conditioning coach, Dan is responsible for helping Strength Coach Steve Hess in the successful running of the entire conditioning and nutritional program for the Denver Nuggets.
A graduate of Central Washington University, Dan received his Master’s degree in Exercise Science. During that time, he was the graduate assistant athletic trainer for football and men’s basketball. Also, he is certified as a Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) by the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Prior to his tenure at Central Washington, Dan completed his undergraduate work at the University of Utah, receiving his degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Athletic Training, where he worked with football and women’s gymnastics.
While at Utah, Dan also had the opportunity to be involved in several internships with several NBA organizations including the Miami Heat (Summer, 2003), the Nuggets (Fall, 2004) and the Seattle Sonics (Summers of 2004, 05, 06). Dan's father Mike was a longtime NBA athletic trianer with tenures with the Seattle Supersonics, Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Clippers.
Dan is single and resides in Denver.