Head Athletic Trainer
College: Ithaca College (B.S.)
Years in NBATA: 17
The 2008-09 season marks Pete Youngman’s 17th season with the Sacramento Kings, his 13th as the team’s head athletic trainer. Before accepting the Kings’ top post in 1996, Youngman was the club’s assistant athletic trainer for three seasons under the legendary Kings head athletic trainer Bill Jones.
The Rochester, N.Y., native launched his athletic healthcare career in professional baseball with the Boston Red Sox organization. He worked his way up through the Red Sox farm system with head athletic trainer positions at Rookie League Elmira, N.Y., in 1985; Class A Greensboro, N.C., from 1986-87; Class A Lynchburg, Va., in 1988; Class AA New Britain, Conn., in 1989; and Class AAA Pawtucket, R.I., from 1990-93.
Youngman received an undergraduate degree in physical education with a minor in athletic training/health education from Ithaca College in 1986. He is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
An avid runner, he has completed ten marathons including the California International Marathon, which is held every December in Sacramento. Pete currently resides in Sacramento.
Assistant Athletic Trainer
College: Loyola Marymount University (B.S.)
California University of Pennsylvania (M.S.)
Year in NBATA: 13
Manny Romero serves as the Kings’ assistant athletic trainer/Performance Enhancement Speciailist. His main responsibility is to assist head athletic trainer Pete Youngman in all areas, including injury management, injury prevention, injury rehabilitation, and emergency procedures on the court as well as serving as a liaison between the doctors, team, and players.
Romero came to the Kings via the Los Angeles Lakers where he spent five years in a similar capacity. During his time with the Lakers, he also worked at a high school outreach program through three different hospitals (Daniel Freeman, Orthopedic, and USC). The program provided athletic trainers and the use of facilities to local high schools that were not provided such advancements. Additionally, Romero developed sports medicine classes in those schools, which still exist today. Romero was also the head athletic trainer for the ABA’s LA Stars. During the summer of 2002, he served as trainer for the World Championship Yugoslavian national team.
Currently, Romero is the Western Conference Assistant Athletic Trainer Representative to the NBATA Executive Committee.
Romero, who earned a bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount Universityand Master's Degree from the California University of Pennsylvania, resides in the Natomas area of Sacramento with his wife Vanessa.