Assistant Athletic Trainer
College: University of Florida (B.S.)
Life University (M.S.)
Years in NBATA: 5
Corey Bennett is in his seventh 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 (ATC), member of the American Heart Association (CPR & AED), and the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES), Bennett received a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and sports science from the University of Florida in 1996 and a Master’s degree 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. While at Georgia Tech, Bennett worked as assistant trainer with the football team, and was the head athletic trainer for the softball program. He received a MBA in Healthcare Management from Brenau University in August 2013. A native of West Palm Beach, FL, Bennett resides in Centreville, VA, with his wife, Lizette, their son, Jalen, and daughter, Joslyn.
Director of Athletic Performance/Strength and Conditioning
College: West Virginia Wesleyan College (B.S.)
The United States Sports Academy (M.S.)
Years in NBATA: 5
Navin Hettiarachchi enters his first season as Director of Athletic Performance/Strength and Conditioning for the Wizards. He has been with the team since 2003, serving as an assistant athletic trainer and working home games providing treatment to injured non-traveling athletes.
As Director of Athletic Performance/Strength and Conditioning, Hettiarachchi is responsible for designing and implementing year-round strength, conditioning, flexibility and nutrition programs with the purpose of optimizing the overall athletic performance of the players. Hettiarachchi specializes in overseeing the maximization of athletic performance through management of strength and conditioning exercises and injury prevention techniques, and provides a systematic, results-driven approach to performance training and rehabilitation.
Prior to this position, he served as the Washington Mystics Head Athletic Trainer and Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for nine seasons. His responsibilities included all aspects of medical care/sports medicine, rehabilitation and sports performance for the team.
Hettiarachchi has serves as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation (STAR) Clinic in Washington, D.C. since 2000.
He earned his B.S in Sports Medicine from West Virginia Wesleyan College and a Master’s degree in Sports Medicine from The United States Sports Academy and has earned multiple certifications in rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries, including Advanced Sports Rehabilitation (CASR) and Spinal Manual Therapy. He also has his Master Certification in Manual Therapy and a graduate diploma in Manipulative Therapy (Dip MT). Navin is a Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES); a Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES); and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).
A native of Sri Lanka, Navin currently lives in Washington, D.C. with his fiancée and can often be found on the National Mall playing as many sports as he can— especially cricket, flag football, rugby, soccer, and basketball.