Head Athletic Trainer
Colleges: St. Cloud State University (B.A.)
California University of Pennsylvania (M.S.)
Years in NBATA: 13
Gregg Farnam enters his 16th season with the Timberwolves and his 13th as the team’s head athletic
Farnam is responsible for all aspects of the Wolves’ training room operations, including monitoring
each player's physical condition and assessing/treating injuries.
During the offseason, Farnam regularly provides training services for USA Basketball and other NBA
initiatives. He served as the athletic trainer for the United States Men’s U19 team that brought home
the silver medal at the 2007 FIBA World Championships in Nova Sad, Serbia, in July 2007, as well as the gold-medal winning United States men’s basketball team at the Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia, in September 2001. Most recently he served as the athletic trainer for the 2012 U.S. Select Team. Additionally, Farnam served as the trainer for USA Basketball's National Team Mini Camp in Las Vegas during the summer of 2010, before traveling to Singapore as the head trainer for the NBA’s Basketball without Borders Asia contingent.
Farnam graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports medicine from St. Cloud State University and has a master’s degree in exercise science and health promotions from California University of Pennsylvania. He is a certified member of the National Trainers Association, the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Farnam and his wife, Tiffany, along with their sons, Nolan and Maximilian, and daughters, Mae, Ella and Clare, reside in Rogers, Minn.
Assistant Athletic Trainer & Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
Colleges: University of Wisconsin - La Crossee (B.A.)
California California University of Pennsylvania (M.S.)
Years in NBATA: 1
Dave Crewe completed his first season with the team as assistant athletic trainer and assistant strength and conditioning coach, and third overall with the team.
In his position, Crewe is responsible for assisting in daily treatment and rehabilitation of the players, and working with the strength and conditioning coach on program development.
Prior to his time with the Timberwolves, Crewe spent three years with the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs, working in the team’s athletic training department.
Crewe received his bachelors degree in Exercise Sports Science - Athletic Training in 2008 from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. The Twin Lakes, Wisconsin native obtained his masters degree in Rehabilitative Sciences from California University of Pennsylvania.
Crewe resides in Minneapolis.
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Years in NBATA: 5
Assistant Athletic Trainer
College: Tokyo Interantional University (B. A.)
Eastern Illinois University (B.S.)
Arizona State University (M.S.)
Years in NBATA: 5
Koichi Sato is in his first season as Director of Sports Performance/Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Prior to joining Timberwolves, Sato spent five years working as Rehabilitation Coordinator/Assistant Athletic trainer for the Washington Wizards. Before his work with the Wizards Sato worked as athletic trainer/performance specialist for Levi Jones of Cincinnati Bengals in 2007-08. Sato was athletic trainer/performance specialist at Athletes’ Performance in Los Angeles from 2006-07. From 1997 to 2006, Sato provided medical cares to Sun Devil athletes at Arizona State University for nine years as a graduate assistant then assistant athletic trainer. His primary coverage were cross country, football, track & field, wrestling, women’s gymnastics and spent last four seasons with Sun Devil men’s basketball program. Sato worked for Chicago White Sox organization as a head athletic trainer for Bristol White Sox in the summer of 1999 and for Chicago Bears as an intern athletic trainer in the summer of 2002. Sato also were medical support staff for Olympic medalist such as Dwight Phillips (Long Jump World Champions and Olympic gold medalist in Athens) and Tim Harden (60m World Champion and 4x100m relay Olympic silver medalist in Atlanta).
Born in Koriyama, Japan, Sato graduated from Tokyo International University in 1993 with a B.A. in International Study/Russia & Eastern European Studies. He then graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1997 with a B.S. in Physical Education/Athletic Training and graduated Arizona State University with a M.S. in Exercise Science/Biomechanics.
Sato is active speaking in sports medicine conferences and workshops both in Japan and the U.S. Sato has spoken in various topics while his primary interest is in movement based systematic approach to management of athletic injuries. Sato also was a faculty associates at Kinesiology Department at Arizona State University and taught advanced athletic training courses.
Sato is member of National Athletic Trainers’ Association, Japan Athletic Trainers’ Organization (JATO) and National Academy of Sports Medicine. Sato received President’s Challenge Award by JATO in 2007.