Head Athletic Trainer
College: University of Utah (B.S.)
Central Washington University (M.S.)
Years in NBATA: 8
Dan Shimensky enters his eighth season with the Denver Nuggets and his first as Head Athletic Trainer. He is responsible for coordinating the treatment and rehabilitation of all injuries and is responsible for the team’s travel.
Shimensky served as the Assistant Athletic Trainer/Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the previous seven seasons before moving into his current role.
A graduate of Central Washington University, Shimensky received his master’s degree in exercise science. While at CWU, he was the graduate assistant athletic trainer for football and men’s basketball.
Prior to his tenure at Central Washington, Shimensky completed his undergraduate work at the University of Utah, receiving his degree in exercise science with an emphasis in athletic training. He worked on the training staff for football and women’s gymnastics.
While at Utah, Shimensky also had the opportunity to be involved in numerous internships with several NBA organizations including the Miami Heat (Summer, 2003), the Nuggets (Fall, 2004) and the Seattle Sonics (Summers of 2004, 05, 06).
In addition to being a certified and licensed Athletic Trainer, Shimensky has obtained his corrective exercise specialization (CES) and performance enhancement specialization (PES) certifications through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and his certification in applied functional science (CAFS) from the Gray Institute.
In 2009, Shimensky was fortunate and honored to be selected as Head Athletic Trainer for the USA men’s U-19 Men’s FIBA World Championships. Held in Auckland, New Zealand; Shimensky helped Team USA capture the gold medal, an accomplishment that had not been achieved since 1991.
In 2011, Shimensky was brought back to USA basketball as Head Athletic Trainer for the men’s U-16 national team for the FIBA Americas Championship. Hosted in Cancun, Mexico; Shimensky was able to obtain a second gold medal as team USA finished with a perfect 5-0 record.
Shimensky, his wife Heather, and son Hudson have two dogs named Suki and Koko.
His father, Mike, was a longtime NBA Athletic Trainer.
Assistant Athletic Trainer
College: University of Iowa (B.S.)
Years in NBATA: 1
Jason Miller begins his first year with the Denver Nuggets as Assistant Athletic Trainer/Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach.
Originally from Clarion, Iowa, Miller earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from the University of Iowa in 1995 where he also worked within the Hawkeye athletic department and with the men’s basketball program. After graduating from the University of Iowa, Miller spent two years as a graduate assistant with Auburn University’s football program while he received his master’s degree in higher education.
Miller then transitioned to head athletic trainer for Auburn’s men’s basketball program for four years before taking the head athletic trainer job with the University of Connecticut’s men’s basketball program. During his three-year stretch with UConn, Miller was a part of the 2004 NCAA National Title team.
His next stop was with the University of Washington where he spent one year as both the assistant athletic trainer for the football team and the head athletic trainer for the baseball team. Miller then jumped back to basketball as the head athletic trainer for the Oklahoma State men’s team for eight years before being hired to his current role with Denver.
Miller was the head athletic trainer for the 2005 USA men’s basketball under-21 team during its competition in Argentina. During the summer of 2010, he once again worked for USA Basketball, serving as the ATC for the men’s World University Games team which won the bronze medal.
Miller and his wife Teresa reside in Denver with their sons Henry and Sawyer.