Chicago Bulls

Head Athletic Trainer

Tanaka_J_90x64Jeff Tanaka
College: Cal – Poly San Luis Obispo (B.S.)
San Jose State University (M.A.)
Years in NBATA: 5
Tanaka, 37, brings more than 15 years of experience on the professional and collegiate levels to the Bulls. He spent ten seasons as an Assistant Athletic Trainer with the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League and spent the previous two seasons at the University of California-Berkeley in the same capacity. Prior to his tenure at Cal Berkeley, Tanaka had four stints in the professional ranks, beginning with a training camp internship with the Los Angeles Raiders in 1994. He then spent two seasons as a graduate assistant with the 49ers (1995-96) before accepting a position as an Assistant Athletic Trainer for the NFL Europe Amsterdam Admirals in 1997. After his time in Amsterdam, Tanaka spent the next two seasons at the University of California where he was Head Athletic Trainer for men’s basketball and the men’s and women’s swim teams. Tanaka received a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1994 and in 2001 earned a master’s degree in kinesiology from San Jose State.

Assistant Athletic Trainer

Armando Rivas – MS, ATC, PES, CES
College: Cal State University, Cal Poly Pomona
Years in NBATA: 2

Armando Rivas begins his second season as the assistant with the Chicago Bulls. Prior to being  by the Bills Armando worked as  the Galaxy’s Head Athletic Trainer. A native of Yucaipa, Calif for five seasons., Rivas joined the Galaxy after spending seven years with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim organization. Rivas began his career in athletic training in 1999 as a student trainer with the Cal State-Fullerton men’s soccer team. One year later, Rivas spent a season with the Angels, serving as a training intern during the 2000 Major League Baseball season.Following his internship with the Angels, Rivas was hired by UCLA where he spent one year working with the men’s soccer team during the 2000 season and the baseball team for the 2001 campaign, before re-joining the Angels organization later that year.Over the next seven years, Rivas worked with various teams in the Angels minor league system, including the Arkansas Travelers, Cedar Rapids Kernels and the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. During the 2006 and 2007 seasons, he was the athletic trainer for the Angels AAA affiliate, the Salt Lake Bees.In addition to his work with the Angels organization, Rivas spent offseasons working at the Sports Medicine Institute in Orange, Calif. which specializes in athletic training. Rivas graduated from Cal State-Fullerton in 2000 with a degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis on athletic training. In 2004, he earned a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in exercise physiology from Cal Poly Pomona. He is currently certified in active release techniques (upper and lower extremity) and is a performance enhancement specialist certified through the National Association of Sports Medicine.