New York Knicks

Head Athletic Trainer

Hinds 1Roger Hinds
Education:  Brooklyn College (B.A.)
Indiana State University (M.S.)
Years in NBATA:  22
 Veteran of more than two NBA decades is currently in his 10th season as head athletic trainer (joined Knicks on Jul. 12, 2005)…Big Apple native is just the sixth head trainer in the franchise’s 69-year history, joining Jim Nevins, Don Friederichs, Bill Norris, Danny Whelan and Mike Saunders.Currently in his 22nd overall NBA season…Served for eight years (1996-97 through 2003-04) as head athletic trainer for the Dallas Mavericks.Joined the Mavs after four seasons (1992-93 through 1995-96) as assistant athletic trainer and strength and conditioning coach for the Atlanta Hawks, serving under longtime Hawks trainer Joe O’Toole…Will serve as host athletic trainer for the East squad at the 2015 NBA All-Star Game at MSG.Certified athletic trainer (1981), performance enhancement specialist (2006) and corrective exercise specialist (2007).

Served as strength and conditioning coach for the gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic Team at the 1996 Atlanta Games…From 2001-04, served as president of the National Basketball Athletic Trainers Association Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization that promotes the athletic training profession and raises funds for deserving groups and charities; currently serves as liaison between the Trainers Association and the NATA.

Contributing author of two books: Total Fitness the NBA Way (Perennial Currents, 2000) and Condition the NBA Way (Cadell & Davies, 1994).Works with Alabama-based Nations of Coaches, a Christian-based organization created by former Alabama HS coach Tommy Kyle that helps to enhance coaches’ influence on young athletes both on and off the field….In summers of 2010 and 2011, traveled to Mexico City to help coordinate basketball clinics for the Eduardo Najera Foundation…In 2009 and 2010, served as guest reader for pre-schoolers as part of City of Newark’s Head Start health awareness program for youth and parents.

In 2010, co-hosted an online film-web program for the NBA/Taco Bell Light Menu Initiative, teaming with Brandon Jennings and Basketball Hall of Famer Bob McAdoo…In August 2009, visited his birthplace for the first time in more than three decades by hosting a basketball training workshop for the Trinidad and Tobago Basketball Federation in Port of Spain, Trinidad…Addressed West Point Cadets at Fellowship of Christian Athletes meeting in September 2009.Enjoyed 12-year tenure at the College of Charleston prior to his NBA career.

Served as school’s head athletic trainer (1980 through 1990) and director of sports medicine (1990 through 1992)…Also served as an adjunct professor in the health, physical education and recreation department and as a strength and conditioning coach.59 years old; born Aug. 24, 1955 in Port of Spain, Trinidad; moved to Brooklyn with his family at age eight…One of six children.

Avid Knicks fan during his formative years in NYC.
Member of Brooklyn Prep’s final graduating class (1972).

Earned bachelor of science degree in physical education from Brooklyn College in 1977 and master of science degree in physical education from Indiana State in 1978.Roger and his wife Carmen have four children: Jade, Aja, Andre and Greg.
Greg and his wife Laci have presented Roger and Carmen with four grandchildren…The Hinds family is active in local church activities.


Assistant Athletic Trainer

goenagaAnthony Goenaga
College:  Purchase College (B.S.)
Long Island University (M.S.)
Years in NBATA:  9

Anthony is in his fourth season as assistant athletic trainer.  He assists head athletic trainer Roger Hinds in all areas of medical therapy/treatment, including individual work with players and player rehab assignments. He accompanies the Knicks on all road trips and is responsible for maintaining medical room setups at the Garden, the MSG Training Center and on the road.  He served as trainer for Knicks’ 2005 Summer League squad in Las Vegas.

Anthony is currently in 11th season with the Knicks.  Originally joined Knicks in 1995-96 as an athletic training staff intern prior to promotion to his fulltime position in 2004.  He succeeded Said Hamdan prior to the 2004-2005 season. A certified athletic trainer and physical therapist, Anthony completed undergraduate work at Purchase College (bachelor’s degree, biology, 1997) and graduate work at Long Island University (bachelor’s degree, health science; master’s degree, physical therapy, 2000).  He became certified athletic trainer and physical therapist in 2002… In addition to Knicks duties, had also worked as a physical therapist at the Columbia-Presbyterian Center for Sports Therapy.

Anthony is single and lives in Manhatten, NY.

Assistant Athletic Trainer

Erwin Valencia, ATC
Colleges: University of the Philippines-Manila (B.S.)
Plymouth State University (M.ED.) University of St. Augustine (DPT)
Years in NBATA:  2

Erwin is in his second year with the New York Knicks, first in his current position (promoted in Summer ’15). Takes a leadership role with the team’s medical and performance staff, combining his knowledge and skills in Manual and Sports Physical Therapy, Athletic Training, Strength and Conditioning, Sports Science, and Mindfulness, after joining the Knicks in 2014-15 as the Team Physical Therapist and Assistant Athletic Trainer.

Raised and educated in the Philippines, Erwin is the first Filipino, raised and educated in the Philippines, to be on an NBA and MLB team. Prior to joining Knicks, Erwin was the Major League Rehabilitation Director of the Pittsburgh Pirates for eight seasons, ironically following the footsteps of “Bigtime” Danny Whelan, who was with the Pirates during the 1960 World Series and the Knicks during the 1969-1970 and 1972-73 NBA Championships. In 2012, founded the socially-responsible global education company KinetIQ, providing “grassroots and next step” knowledge in sports medicine, wellness and performance art to institutions around the world with no ready access to it. In addition, he is a mentor and life coach to professionals and students alike in five continents from ages 16-40 to live more purposeful and socially impactful lives through his Grasshopper Project. Furthermore, he remains the Director of Medical & Performance Services for Baseball New Zealand, is the Sports Physical Therapy Expert for the Philippine Physical Therapy Association, and is a consultant to several professional and Olympic teams internationally.

Dr Valencia holds Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of the Philippines-Manila, a Masters of Education in Athletic Training & Sports Medicine from Plymouth State (NH) University, and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree with a concentration in Manipulative Therapies from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. Has also fulfilled requirements for post-graduate fellowships at Yale University and Regis University (for AAOMPT), and was in the process of continuing with his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Sports and Exercise Sciences at Auckland University of Technology (NZ) prior to initially joining the Knicks.

He begins every day in gratitude — and has made it his personal mission to be an inspiration to young Filipinos everywhere.