Charlotte Hornets

Address: 333 East Trade St., Charlotte, NC 28202
Arena Name: Spectrum Center
Phone: (704) 688-8991

Steve Stricker

Education: Iowa State (B.S. 1985); Iowa State (M.S. 1991)
Hometown: Waterloo, Iowa
NBATA Member Since: 2001-2004; 2008-Present
Steve Stricker is entering his ninth season as Head Athletic Trainer for the Charlotte Hornets, where he monitors and manages the medical needs of the team’s players as well as the club’s travel needs. Stricker has 30 years of experience in a career that includes stops with the Washington Wizards, University of Michigan, University of Texas-Arlington and Iowa State University.

Stricker began his career at his alma mater, Iowa State, where he served as both a student trainer and assistant athletic trainer while earning his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees. He went on to serve as head athletic trainer at UT-Arlington from 1993-95 before moving on to Michigan, where he held the positions of assistant athletic trainer and associate supervisor of athletic medicine. In 2001, Stricker joined the Wizards, serving as the team’s athletic trainer for three seasons.

Most recently he served as marketing manager for team sports at Gatorade, handling all contracted college and professional teams in the central and northeast regions of the United States.

Stricker received the NBA Trainers Association’s Joe O’Toole NBA Athletic Trainer of the Year Award in 2010-2011 and is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.

Steve and his wife, Pam, have two children, Jonathan and Samantha.

Dennis Williams

Education: University of South Carolina (B.A.); Furman University (M.A.)
Hometown: Traveler’s Rest, SC
NBATA Member Since: 2006
Dennis Williams is in his tenth season as Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Hornets, where he assists with the team’s medical needs. Prior to joining the Hornets (Bobcats) in July 2006, Williams spent four years as athletic trainer for the men’s basketball and cheerleading teams at the University of South Carolina. Before that, he served as head athletic trainer for the Greenville Groove during the inaugural 2001-02 season of the NBA Development League. He also spent time at the collegiate level as the head athletic trainer for North Greenville College in South Carolina and assistant athletic trainer at North Carolina A&T. Presently, he serves as the Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Hornets, but also served as the head equipment manager in his first two seasons when the team was the Charlotte Bobcats. Williams developed an interest in athletic training while playing sports himself as a 3-sport letterman in high school.

Williams is a Certified Athletic Trainer and Performance Enhancement Specialist and Corrective Exercise Specialist. He holds membership with the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the National Basketball Athletic Trainers Association. He was recognized by the National Basketball Athletic Trainers Association in the 2010-11 season for resuscitating an individual by administering life-saving CPR, and was awarded the David Craig Assistant Athletic Trainer of the Year Award.

Williams received his Bachelor’s Degree in science in physical education from the University of South Carolina in 1995 and his Master’s Degree in exercise science from Furman University in 1999.

He and his wife, Dana, reside in Fortmill, South Carolina and have two sons, Robert Floyd and Joshua Edward Lewis.