Chicago Bulls

Address: 1901 W. Madison St., Chicago, IL 60612
Arena Name: United Center
Phone: (312) 455-4300

Jeff Tanaka

Education: Cal – Poly San Luis Obispo (B.S.); San Jose State University (M.A.)
Hometown: San Jose, CA
NBATA Member Since: 2008
Jeff Tanaka brings more than 20 years of experience on the professional and collegiate levels to the Bulls. He spent six seasons as Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Bulls before being named Head Athletic Trainer in 2014. He was awarded the David Craig NBA Assistant Athletic Trainer of the Year for the 2011-12 season. Jeff has served on the NBATA Executive Committee as Eastern Conference Assistant Athletic Trainer Representative and Secretary. He spent ten seasons as an assistant athletic trainer with the San Francisco 49ers (1999-2008) and spent the previous two seasons at the University of California-Berkeley in the same capacity. In 2001, the 49ers staff was named the NFL Athletic Training Staff of the Year.

Prior to his tenure at Cal Berkeley, Tanaka had four stints in the professional ranks, beginning with a training camp internship with the Los Angeles Raiders in 1994. He then spent two seasons as a graduate assistant with the 49ers (1995-96) before accepting a position as an assistant athletic trainer for the NFL Europe Amsterdam Admirals in 1997. After his time in Amsterdam, Tanaka spent the next two seasons at the University of California where he was head athletic trainer for men’s basketball and the men’s and women’s swim teams.

Jeff is a certified athletic trainer by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification and licensed in the state of Illinois, certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Corrective Exercise Specialist and has certifications in Active Release Technique. Tanaka received his Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1994 and in 2001 earned his Master’s Degree in Kinesiology (Movement Science) from San Jose State.

Armando Rivas

Education: Cal State University, Fullerton (B.S.); Cal Poly University, Pomona (M.S.)
Hometown: Yucaipa, CA
NBATA Member Since: 2014
Armando Rivas began his career in the NBA in 2014 as the Assistant Athletic Trainer with the Chicago Bulls. Prior to being with the Bulls Armando worked as the Los Angeles Galaxy’s director of sports medicine/head athletic trainer from 2008-2014. Rivas handled the care of three championship teams while with the Galaxy (2011, 2012, and 2014) as well as overseeing the USL Galaxy 2 and academy medical care.

A native of Yucaipa, California, Rivas spent seven years with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim minor league system. He was also hired by UCLA where he spent the 2000-2001 season working with the men’s soccer and baseball team.

Rivas began his career in athletic training in 1997 as a student trainer with the Cal State-Fullerton. Rivas graduated from Cal State-Fullerton in 2000 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology, emphasis in athletic training. In 2004, he earned his Master’s Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology from Cal Poly Pomona.