Head Athletic Trainer
College: University of Iowa (B. S.)
Boise State University (M.S.)
Years in NBATA: 13
Eric Waters begins his fifth season as head athletic trainer for the Washington Wizards after serving as assistant athletic trainer for the Chicago Bulls for four seasons. Waters has a well-rounded athletic training background, including athletic healthcare experience with Olympic athletes, professional football and various collegiate teams.
Waters was assistant athletic trainer for Northwestern University’s football, wrestling and field hockey teams from 1999-2000. He provided athletic healthcare coverage to several sports team athletes at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., in 1999. Waters worked with the National Football League’s developmental summer league (NFL Europe) as head athletic trainer for the London Monarchs in 1998 and assistant athletic trainer for the Rhein Fire in 1997. He was assistant athletic trainer for the University of Iowa football team from 1998-99. Eric also served as an intern athletic trainer for the NFL’s Carolina Panthers during summer training camp in 1997. Recently, he has travelled internationally to Bejing, China as part of the NBA's Basketball without Borders. In 2001, he travelled to Moscow, Russia with an NBPA retired players goodwill tour.
The native of Belle Plaine, Iowa, received undergraduate degrees in athletic training/exercise science and psychology from the University of Iowa in 1995, and a master’s degree in exercise science from Boise State University in 1998.
A certified athletic trainer, Eric is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, National Strength and Conditioning Association and the National Academy of Sports Medicine
He’s played an active role in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago since 2000. Eric currently resides in Washington, D.C., and enjoys reading, travel, running and bicycling.
Assistant Athletic Trainer
College: University of Florida (B.S.)
Life University (M.S.)
Years in NBATA: 5
Corey Bennett is in his second season as Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Washington Wizards. Prior to joining the Wizards, Bennett served as Assistant Athletic Trainer for the University of Miami football team from 2004-05, and was an instructor in the Hurricanes Athletic Training Program. He also spent five seasons as Assistant Athletic Trainer for the NFL’s Buffalo Bills from 1999-2004.
Certified as an Athletic Trainer and member of the American Heart Association (CPR & AED), Bennett received a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Florida in 1996 and a Master of Science in Sports Health Science from Life University in 1999. Upon his graduation from Florida, Bennett spent two years as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Georgia Tech where he served as Assistant Trainer with the football team and was the Head Athletic Trainer for the softball program. While a graduate assistant he worked as a training camp intern with the Buffalo Bills during the summer of 1997 and 1998. A native of West Palm Beach, FL, Bennett and his wife, Lizette, have two children, Jalen and Joslyn, and reside in Centreville, VA.