Head Athletic Trainer
College: Ohio State University (B.A.)A.T. Still University (M.S.)Year in NBATA: 10
Drew Graham enters his 15th NBA season and first as head athletic trainer and vice president of player care for the Memphis Grizzlies. Graham, served eight seasons with the Grizzlies as head athletic trainer before being promoted to his current position this past offseason. In his current role, Graham oversees the Grizzlies sports medicine department, including care, prevention and rehabilitation of all athletic injuries and works closely with the team’s doctors.
Graham joined the Grizzlies in 2006 after working the previous six seasons (2000-06) as an assistant athletic trainer/strength and conditioning coach with the New Jersey Nets. In addition to his athletic training duties with the Nets, he also assisted with off-season workouts and conditioning as well as in-season physicals, rehabilitation and the nutritional needs of players.
Prior to joining the NBA, Graham served three years (1997-2000) as the director of athletic training at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex, working with USA Basketball, National Football League camps and a variety of other sports. He began his professional career in 1994 as an athletic trainer for the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals following four seasons at The Ohio State University, where he served as an athletic trainer for men’s hockey (1994-95), football (1993-94) and baseball (1992-94).
Graham earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Health Education with an emphasis in Athletic Training from Ohio State in 1996 and his Master of Science degree in Human Movement from the Arizona School of Health Sciences-A.T. Still University in 2009. He is a Certified Athletic Trainer, Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Performance Enhancement Specialist and Corrective Exercise Specialist.
Graham and his wife, Susan, have two sons, Andrew and Nicholas.
Assistant Athletic Trainer
College: University of Michigan (B.S.)
University of North Florida (M.A.)
Years in NBATA: 7
Jim Scholler enters his seventh season as the Grizzlies assistant athletic trainer and assistant strength and conditioning coach.
Before joining the Grizzlies, Scholler spent nine of the previous 10 years as an athletic trainer for the University of North Florida, including the final four as the head athletic trainer, where he oversaw administration and supervision of all athletic training services provided to UNF student-athletes.
Scholler provided care for baseball and men’s soccer as a UNF graduate assistant from 1998-01 before covering men’s basketball, volleyball, men’s and women’s tennis, cheerleading and dance teams as assistant athletic trainer from 2001-03.
Scholler was the athletic trainer for the Greek National Baseball team which competed in the European Baseball Championships in 2003 and 2005. He also spent one season (2003-04) as the assistant athletic trainer at Notre Dame, where he oversaw the health care of the men’s and women’s cross country and men’s lacrosse teams.
The Grand Haven, Mich. native is a Certified Athletic Trainer, Licensed Athletic Trainer in the State of Tennessee, a Performance Enhancement Specialist and Correct Exercise Specialist.
Scholler earned his bachelor’s degree in movement science from the University of Michigan in 1998 and his master’s degree in healthcare administration from UNF in 2001. Scholler and his wife, Jennifer have one son, Garrett.
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Years in NBATA: 2
John Faltus enters his second season as assistant athletic trainer/physical therapist for the Grizzlies. He will work closely with the team’s medical and strength and conditioning staff to minimize injury risk, improve sports performance and provide rehabilitative care.
Previously, he was employed as a physical therapist at Howard Head Sports Medicine in Avon, Colorado and provided medical coverage for US Snowboarding. During this time, he also provided acute and rehabilitative care for the local skiing and snowboarding community and developed a sports concussion rehabilitation program. Faltus has also completed the Sports Physical Therapy Fellowship program at Duke University where he provided rehabilitative care and practice/game coverage for Duke Athletics including football, basketball, wrestling and lacrosse. In addition, he worked closely with the Duke Sports Medicine staff in providing care for both the athletic and local populations.
He earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Northeastern University. During this time he completed a clinical internship with the Indiana Pacers. He then earned a Master of Science degree in Athletic Training from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Prior to joining the Grizzlies organization in a full-time capacity, Faltus assisted the Grizzlies medical staff during training camp and NBA Summer League. He is a dual-licensed Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer in addition to being a board certified Sports Clinical Specialist and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.