Miami Heat

Head Athletic Trainer

John Sabol
College:  Florida International University (B.A., M.S.)
Years in NBATA:  6
Jay Sabol begins his fifth season as Athletic Trainer/Travel Coordinator for the HEAT. He has spent the last 22 seasons with Miami, including 13 as Assistant Athletic Trainer. In his current capacity, he oversees the training staff to keep the HEAT healthy during the regular season, postseason and off-season. He is also responsible for handling all of the travel arrangements for the team throughout the year. Sabol has previously served as the team’s equipment manager and assistant strength and conditioning coach, and served as a team attendant for his first five years with the organization.

Sabol was born and raised in Miami and graduated from Florida International University in 1992 with a master’s degree in exercise physiology. As Assistant Athletic Trainer, Sabol covered basketball and soccer for FIU until 1995 when he joined the HEAT. 

He is certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association, National Strength and Conditioning Association, National Academy of Sports Medicine and licensed by the State of Florida Department of Health.

Sabol and his wife, Michelle, enjoy fishing and boating in their free time.


Assistant Athletic Trainer
Rey Jaffet
College:  University of Puerto Rico (B.S.)
Florida International University (M.S.)
Years in NBATA:  5
Rey Jaffet enters his second year with the HEAT organization as a full-time staff member. Jaffet brings his 26 years of rehabilitation and sports medicine experience to the organization which includes assisting the HEAT with the rehabilitation of its players over the last 12 years.

In addition to his past duties with the HEAT’s athletic training staff, Jaffet served as Director of Clinical Services, Administrator and Market Manager at Select Medical Corporation, formerly HealthSouth, where he handled patient care as well as management responsibilities.

Before joining HealthSouth, Jaffet was the Head Athletic Trainer for Florida International University for 12 years, from 1984 through 1996. Prior to his tenure at FIU, Jaffet was the Head Athletic Trainer for the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers of the North American Soccer League for two seasons.

Jaffet graduated from the University of Puerto Rico with a degree in physical education/biology and went on to earn a degree in physical therapy and a master’s of science degree in physical education from FIU.

Jaffet, a native of Puerto Rico, is married to his wife Grace and resides in Miami with their two children, Rey Jr. and Rafael.



Assistant Athletic Trainer
Michael Mancias
College:  University of Texas-Pan American (B.S.)
Years in NBATA:  9
Michael Mancias was named assistant athletic trainer in August 2005 after spending the 2004-05 season as the team’s seasonal athletic trainer. He assists Head Athletic Trainer Max Benton and Head Strength & Conditioning Coach Stan Kellers in all aspects of player care including; injury prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of Cavalier players both at home and on the road.

Prior to joining the Cavaliers, Mancias was assistant athletic trainer at the University of Texas-Pan American where he served as lead athletic trainer as well as strength and conditioning coordinator for the Men’s Basketball team. He has also worked at The NBA Pre-Draft Camp, The Nike Desert Classic, and NBA Summer leagues in Atlanta, Boston, Orlando and Las Vegas. He has also served two summer internships with noted trainer Tim Grover of ATTACK Athletics in Chicago. Mancias is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and holds Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) and Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

Mancias graduated in 2000 with a B.S. in Health Education from The University of Texas-Pan American. He is originally from Brownsville, Texas, is single and resides in Cleveland.