Oklahoma City Thunder
Head Athletic Trainer
Colleges: Old Dominion University (B.S., M.S.)
Years in NBATA: 11
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Joe Sharpe enters his seventh season as head athletic trainer for the Thunder. Before joining the Thunder organization, Sharpe spent four seasons as head athletic trainer for the Charlotte Bobcats. Prior to Charlotte, Sharpe was the head strength and conditioning coach/assistant athletic trainer with the Minnesota Timberwolves for two seasons, which included the team’s Midwest Division title and run to the Western Conference Finals.This past summer, Sharpe continued his involvement with USA Basketball where he served as Athletic Trainer for the United States gold medal winning team at the FIBA World Cup in Spain. Sharpe’s involvement with USA Basketball dates back to 2002 and includes volunteer service at the Under-18, Under-19, and men’s national team levels. During his tenure with the men’s national team, Sharpe served on staff for one Olympic gold medal and two gold medals at the FIBA World championships.
During the summer of 2012, Sharpe worked as an Athletic Trainer for the gold medal winning men’s USA Basketball Olympic team. In London, Sharpe joined Thunder players Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook as the United States team went a perfect 8-0 en route to the gold medal. In 2007, Sharpe participated in the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders camp held in Johannesburg, South Africa. Sharpe was previously the head basketball athletic trainer at the University of Connecticut during a nine year stint with the Huskies that included its 1999 NCAA Championship season.
Joe and his wife, Jennifer, have two children, Joseph and Jayme
Director of Media Services/Assistant Athletic Trainer
Colleges: University of Indianapolis
Years in NBATA: 6
Dr. Strack begins his seventh season in Oklahoma City as the Director of Medical Services. He is responsible for leading the medical staff in providing comprehensive, evidence-based services for Thunder players through innovation, research, and integration of multiple health care professionals. From 2005-2008, Dr. Strack was in private practice as a physical therapist at Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Services in Wellesley Hills, Mass. Dr. Strack graduated with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Indianapolis in 2005. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Indianapolis in 2002 and was awarded the Athletic Training Department Performance Award that same year.
Dr. Strack’s first role with an NBA team came in the sixth grade as a ball-boy for the Indiana Pacers. He later served as a Graduate Assistant athletic trainer for the Indiana Pacers from 2002-2005. Dr. Strack also served as an athletic trainer during the 2002 World Basketball Championships in Indianapolis and the RCA Tennis Championships in 2001 and 2002.
In 2010, Dr. Strack completed his post doctorate fellowship in manual therapy from Regis University. He is board certified in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (OCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT). In addition to being a licensed physical therapist and athletic trainer, he is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist.
Dr. Strack is active in the Oklahoma City community, serving on the Board of Directors for Special CARE, an early intervention and specialized care school serving children with and without special needs. He lives in Edmond with his wife, Sarah, and their 4 children – Ellabeth (7), Anderson (5), Lilajean (4), and Evaleigh (1).
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Colleges: Kansas State University (B.S.) Eastern Illinois University (M.S.)
Years in NBATA: 2
Tony Katzenmeier is in his second season as an athletic trainer for the Oklahoma City Thunder. He previously was the athletic trainer for the Tulsa 66er’s, the D-League affiliate for the Thunder. Katzenmeier came to Oklahoma from Santa Monica, Calif., where he was employed by Athletes’ Performance.
Katzenmeier received his Bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University, where he gained experience working with the Wildcats’ basketball, baseball and football teams as a student athletic trainer. He then earned his Master’s degree at Eastern Illinois University before being hired on full-time as the institution’s athletic trainer. Katzenmeier has also served as an athletic trainer with the Kansas City Chiefs the New England Patriots, and USA Basketball.
Tony and his wife Heather have one child, Kai and reside in Edmond, Oklahoma.