Head Athletic Trainer
College: Morehead State University (B.S.)
Years in NBATA: 31
Gary Briggs is not only known as an experienced NBA athletic trainer, he's also played as an instrumental role in advancing the level of athletic training in professional basketball. Briggs became the head athletic trainer of the Utah Jazz in 2000 after spending 18 seasons as the top athletic trainer for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
After participating with fellow NBATA members in the 1991 strategic planning committee, he implemented programs as the organization's chairman from 1993-1995 that continue to flourish today.
Briggs received "NBA Athletic Trainer of the Year" honors in 1999 and was honored to serve as Eastern Conference athletic trainer at the 1995 and ‘97 NBA All-Star Games. Before entering the NBA, he spent two years as head athletic trainer at Troy State University from 1980-82
His athletic healthcare start came as an undergraduate student at the University of Florida. From there, Briggs moved to Morehead State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in education in 1974. He was a summer assistant athletic trainer for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1973. After graduation, he was head athletic trainer and teacher at Glenoak High School in Canton, Ohio, from 1975-80.
Briggs was inducted into the Ohio Athletic Trainers' Association (OATA) Hall of Fame in 2000. He is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the Utah Athletic Trainers Association. In addition, he has served on the NATA Honors and Awards Committee that selects the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer.
The Long Beach, Calif., native was a three-time letterman in high school football. He enjoys fishing, following sports and bicycling. Gary and his wife Sue, who teaches English at Salt Lake Community College, reside in South Jordan, Utah. They have two daughters, Ashley and Courtney.
Assistant Athletic Trainer
College: Texas A & M University (B.S.)
University of North Texas (M.A.)
Years in NBATA: 9
Brian Zettler is currently in his 13th season in professional basketball and fifth as the assistant athletic trainer/equipment manager for the Utah Jazz. Zettler’s responsibilities include assisting with prevention, evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of player health matters and managing the Jazz equipment. He also assists with the Jazz strength and conditioning programs.
Zettler came to the Jazz after spending three seasons as the head athletic trainer with the Dallas Desperados of the Arena Football League, where he served as Vice President of the Arena Football Physician and Trainers Association (AFPATA). In addition to working with the Desperados, he spent three seasons assisting the Dallas Cowboys athletic training department which won NFL/PFATS athletic training staff of the year award in 2002. He also worked with the Dallas Mavericks athletic training staff from the 1997-98 season through his departure to Utah. Prior to joining the Desperados, Zettler spent three years as the head athletic trainer at Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, Texas, where he founded the school’s sports medicine program. He has also been an invited athletic trainer for several NBA Pre-Draft Camps, and volunteered for the United States Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs, Co. where he helped manage health care for several sports and individual medalists from the 2008 Beijing games. He recently created a personally-funded scholarship that is available to college bound students that demonstrate excellence in sports, in the classroom and in the community of his hometown.
The native of Waxahachie, Texas, is a certified athletic trainer (ATC) through the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), and a licensed athletic trainer (LAT) through the great state of Texas and Utah. He is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and holds certifications through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) as a Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES), Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES), and in Integrated Manual Therapy (IMT). He is also a member of the Southwest Athletic Trainers Association (SWATA) and Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers Association (RMATA). This past summer, he was elected President of the newly formed National Basketball Athletic Equipment Managers Association (NBAEMA).
He earned a bachelor’s degree in biomedical science from Texas A&M University in 1993, and a Master of Science degree (1998) and another master’s degree in education (1999) from the University of North Texas.
Zettler, married to his high school sweetheart, Hope, reside in West Jordan, Utah, with their son, Alex, and daughters, Lenzy, Bailey and Sophie. He enjoys spending time with his family, outdoors activites, listening to music, grilling, playing several sports, staying active in church-related activities, and volunteering as a youth football coach.