Director of Sports Medicine

pete_youngmanPete Youngman
College: Ithaca College (B.S.)
Years in NBATA: 19
NBA.com Bio

Pete Youngman is in his third season as the Kings director of sports medicine after serving as team’s athletic trainer the previous 15 seasons. The Rochester, New York native spent three seasons as the club’s assistant to former Head Trainer Bill Jones before accepting the head post in June of 1996.

In addition to being responsible for every aspect of the Kings training room operations, Youngman works closely with the team’s professional medical staff in the monitoring of a player’s physical condition as well as the diagnosing and treatment of injuries. He also is responsible for coordinating all team charter flights and ground transportation.

Youngman joined the Kings after spending the previous nine years with the Boston Red Sox professional baseball organization at all levels of their minor league system.

Youngman graduated from Ithaca College in 1986 and recently earned a master’s degree from California University of PA in rehabilitation science. He is certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association, a certified performance enhancement specialist as well as a corrective exercise specialist by the National Academy of Sports medicine.

He enjoys running in his spare time and has completed 20 marathons


Head Athletic Trainer

Manny RomeroManny Romero
College:  Loyola Marymount University (B.S.)
California University of Pennsylvania (M.S.)
Year in NBATA:  15

Manny Romero begins his fourth season as the head athletic trainer and his 12th overall with the team. He served as the Kings assistant athletic trainer/performance enhancement specialist the previous five seasons.

His main responsibility is to assist Director of Sports Medicine Pete Youngman in all areas, including injury management, injury prevention, injury rehabilitation and emergency procedures on the court as well as serving as liaison between the doctors, team and players.

Prior to joining the Kings, Romero worked seven seasons as a part of the Los Angeles Lakers training staff, culminating in two NBA Championships in 2000 and 2001. During the summer of 2002, he also served as the Athletic Trainer for the World Championship Yugoslavian national team.

Romero earned a bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University and a master’s degree from the California University of Pennsylvania in exercise science and health promotion. He is a Certified Athletic Trainer from the National Athletic Trainers Association and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and Condition Association.

He is also a certified performance enhancement specialist (PES) and a certified exercise specialist (CES) from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and has mentored under Alex McKechnie, a world-renown physiotherapist from Vancouver, British Columbia, known for his philosophies in core stability.

Currently he is working on his PhD in Athletic Training with a research interest in injury prevention and evidence based practice. He is also a peer reviewer for the IJAHP (Internet Journal of Allied Health Science and Practice).

Romero, his wife Vanessa, sons Diego and Mateo and daughter Mia Isabella reside in Roseville.


Chip SchaeferRobert “Chip” Schaefer
College:  University of Utah (B.A.)
Loyola Marymount University (M.A.)
Years in NBATA: 20

Entering his 11th season with the Lakers and fifth as Director of Athletic Performance / Player Development, Chip Schaefer works with both Athletic Trainer Gary Vitti and Athletic Performance Coordinator Alex McKechnie to help ensure that the Lakers’ players remain at the peak of athletic conditioning throughout the grueling 82-game season. In addition to the physical aspect of training that Schaefer oversees, perhaps equally important is his work with the youngest Lakers as he helps them transition into the NBA lifestyle and develop professionally.Prior to joining the Lakers for the 1999-2000 season, Schaefer spent eight years with the Chicago Bulls from 1990-1998 as the head trainer for the team under Phil Jackson during the Bulls’ six championship seasons.Preceding his tenure with the Bulls, Schaefer was on the staff of the Kerlan Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles where he worked with some of the nation’s elite professional and amateur athletes.

Schaefer, who is actually in his second stint as a member of the Lakers athletic support staff, served in a part-time role as the team’s strength and conditioning coach during the 1986-87 season.

In addition, he has served as head athletic trainer at Pete Newell’s Big Man Camps, head athletic trainer for the California Summer Pro Basketball League and was the head athletic trainer and strength coach at Loyola Marymount University for three years. He is also an examiner for the National Athletic Trainers Association certification examination.

Schaefer, 48, was raised in Deerfield, Illinois and later attended the University of Utah where he received his bachelor’s degree in physical education and sports medicine in 1983. He received his master’s degree in counseling from Loyola Marymount in 1990. Upon his graduation from Utah, Schaefer worked as head trainer for the U.S. Men’s Ski Team from 1984-1986.

Schaefer and his wife, Andra, reside in Placentia and have two children, Alec and Emily.