Head Athletic Trainer
| Gregg Farnam
Colleges: St. Cloud State University (B.A.)
California University of Pennsylvania (M.S.)
Years in NBATA: 18
Gregg Farnam is in his 18th season with the Timberwolves, his 15th as the team’s head athletic trainer and his second as Director of Medical Operations.
Farnam is responsible for all aspects of the Wolves’ training room operations, including monitoring each player’s physical condition and assessing/treating injuries.
During the offseason, Farnam regularly provides training services for USA Basketball and other NBA initiatives. He served as the athletic trainer for the United States Men’s U19 team that brought home the silver medal at the 2007 FIBA World Championships in Nova Sad, Serbia, in July 2007, as well as the gold-medal-winning United States men’s basketball team at the Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia, in September 2001. Most recently he served as the athletic trainer for the 2012 U.S. Select Team as well as the athletic trainer for Team USA in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. He also provided medical coverage for the women’s volleyball team at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., in July 2003.
Additionally, Farnam served as the trainer for USA Basketball’s National Team Mini Camp in Las Vegas during the summer of 2010, before traveling to Singapore as the head trainer for the NBA’s Basketball without Borders Asia contingent. The group, which included former Wolves guard/forward Corey Brewer, worked with local players to promote the game and encourage positive social change in the areas of education, health and wellness, with an emphasis on HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention.
Farnam graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports medicine from St. Cloud State University and has a master’s degree in exercise science and health promotions from California University of Pennsylvania. He is a certified member of the National Trainers Association, the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Farnam and his wife, Tiffany, along with their sons, Nolan and Maximilian, and daughters, Mae, Ella, Clare and Philomena reside in Rogers, Minn.
Assistant Athletic Trainer & Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
Colleges: University of Wisconsin – La Crossee (B.A.)
California California University of Pennsylvania (M.S.)
Years in NBATA: 5
Dave Crewe is in his fifth season with the team and third as Assistant Athletic Trainer and Assistant of Sports Performance. In his position, Crewe is responsible for assisting in daily treatment and rehabilitation of the players, and working with the strength and director of sports performance on program development.
Prior to his time with the Timberwolves, Crewe spent three years with the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs, working in the team’s athletic training department.
Crewe received his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Sports Science -Athletic Training in 2008 from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. The Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, native obtained his masters degree in Rehabilitative Sciences from California University of Pennsylvania.
Crewe resides in Minneapolis.
Director of Athletic Therapy/Assistant Athletic Trainer
Colleges: Mesa State College (B.A)
Regis University Ruekert-Hartman for Health Care Professions
Years in NBATA: 2
Mark Kyger enters his second season on the Wolves athletic training staff as the team’s Director of Athletic Therapy. Kyger plays an integral role in the health care of the Timberwolves players. Kyger comes to the Wolves from Arizona State University where he was the Sun Devils’ Rehabilitation Coordinator, providing physical therapy and athletic training for athletes in the school’s 21 varsity sports since 2007. Prior to that, Kyger was employed by Physiotherapy Associates in Tempe, Ariz., from 2005-07 where he specialized in sports therapy.
Kyger received an undergraduate degree in Human Performance and Wellness from Mesa State College and received a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Regis University Ruekert-Hartman School for Health Care Professions. He also is a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist from the Ola Grimsby Institute. Kyger is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, National Athletic Trainers’ Association, National Strength and Conditioning Association and is a Corrective Exercise Specialist/Performance Enhancement Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
A native of Greeley, Colorado, Kyger played college basketball at Mesa State, earning four letters and serving as the team’s co-captain in 2000-01. Kyger and his wife, Melinda, have one son, Kaedyn (born in 2014) and two daughters, Lexie (5) and Kayla (2).
Director of Sports Performance/ Assistant Athletic Trainer
College: Tokyo Interantional University (B. A.)
Eastern Illinois University (B.S.)
Arizona State University (M.S.)
Years in NBATA: 7
Koichi Sato is in his second season on the Timberwolves athletic training staff as Director of Sports Performance.
Sato comes to the Wolves from the Washington Wizards where he was the team’s Rehabilitation Coordinator/Assistant Athletic Trainer since 2008. Prior to joining Wizards, Sato worked as athletic trainer/performance specialist for Levi Jones of Cincinnati Bengals in 2007-08 and at Athletes’ Performance from 2006-07. From 1997 to 2006, Sato was a graduate assistant then assistant athletic trainer at Arizona State University (ASU) covering various sports, spending the last four seasons with the Sun Devils’ men’s basketball program. Sato also was a faculty associate at ASU’s Kinesiology Department and taught advanced athletic training courses. Sato was a head athletic trainer for Bristol White Sox in 1999.
A son of Kazuko and Kazushi Sato from Koriyama, Japan, Sato graduated from Tokyo International University in 1993 with a B.A. in International Study/Soviet & Eastern European Studies. He then graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1997 with a B.S. in Physical Education/Athletic Training and graduated from Arizona State University with a M.S. in Exercise Science/Biomechanics.
Sato is active speaking in sports medicine & performance conferences and workshops, as well as providing sport performance clinics for youth athletes.
He is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and a board member of the Japan Athletic Trainers’ Organization (JATO). Sato received the President’s Challenge Award from JATO in 2007.