College: Iowa State University (B.S., M.S.)
Years in NBATA: 8
Steve Stricker begins his second season as the Bobcats head athletic trainer, where he monitors the medical needs of the Bobcats players and also manages the team’s travel needs. Stricker brings over 20 years of experience to the Bobcats in a career that includes stops with the Washington Wizards, University of Michigan, University of Texas-Arlington and Iowa State University.Stricker began his career at his alma mater, Iowa State, where he served as both a student trainer and assistant athletic trainer while earning his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. He went on to serve as head athletic trainer at UT-Arlington from 1993-95 before moving on to Michigan, where he held the positions of assistant athletic trainer and associate supervisor of athletic medicine. In 2001, Stricker joined the Wizards, serving as the team’s athletic trainer for three seasons.Most recently he served as marketing manager for team sports at Gatorade, handling all contracted college and professional teams in the Central and Northeast regions of the United States.Stricker is a Certified Athletic Trainer and is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association. He and his wife, Pam, have two children, Jonathan and Samantha.
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Colleges: University of South Carolina (B.A.)
Furman University (M.A.)
Years in NBATA: 9
Dennis Williams is in his ninth season as assistant athletic trainer, where he assists with the team’s medical needs.Prior to joining the Bobcats in July 2006, Williams spent four years as athletic trainer for the men’s basketball and cheerleading teams at the University of South Carolina. Before that, he served as head athletic trainer for the Greenville Groove during the inaugural 2001-02 season of the NBA Development League. He also spent time at the collegiate level as the head athletic trainer for North Greenville College in South Carolina and assistant athletic trainer at North Carolina A&T. Presently, he serves as the assistant athletic trainer for the now, Hornets, but also served as the head equipment manager in his first two seasons when the team was Bobcats.
Williams is a Certified Athletic Trainer and Performance Enhancement Specialist and Corrective Exercise Specialist. He holds membership with the National Athletic Trainers Association and the National Basketball Athletic Trainers Association. He was recognized by the National Basketball Athletic Trainers Association in the 2010 -11 season for resuscitating an individual by administering life-saving CPR, and was awarded the “David Craig” NBATAs’ Assistant Athletic Trainer of the Year Award.
Williams, a South Carolina native, received his Bachelor’s degree in science in physical education from the University of South Carolina in 1995 and a master’s degree in exercise science from Furman University in 1999. He and his wife, Dana, have two sons, Robert Floyd Williams and Joshua Edward Lewis Williams.