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New York Knicks

Address: 4 Pennslyvania Plz., New York, NY 10001
Arena Name: Madison Square Garden
Phone: (212) 465-6000
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Roger Hinds

Education: Brooklyn College (B.A.), Indiana State University (M.S.)
Hometown: Port of Spain, Trinidad
NBATA Member Since: 1996
A veteran of more than two NBA decades, Roger Hinds is currently in his tenth season as Head Athletic Trainer (joined the Knicks in July, 2005). Roger is a Big Apple native and is just the sixth head trainer in the franchise’s 69-year history, joining Jim Nevins, Don Friederichs, Bill Norris, Danny Whelan and Mike Saunders. Currently in his 22nd overall NBA season, Roger served for eight years (1996-97 through 2003-04) as Head Athletic Trainer for the Dallas Mavericks. He joined the Mavs after four seasons (1992-93 through 1995-96) as Assistant Athletic Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Atlanta Hawks, serving under longtime Hawks trainer Joe O’Toole. Hinds served as host athletic trainer for the East squad at the 2015 NBA All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden. Hinds is a certified athletic trainer (1981), performance enhancement specialist (2006) and corrective exercise specialist (2007).

Hinds served as strength and conditioning coach for the gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic Team at the 1996 Atlanta Games. From 2001-2004, he served as president of the National Basketball Athletic Trainers’ Association Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization that promotes the athletic training profession and raises funds for deserving groups and charities. Roger currently serves as liaison between the Trainers Association and the NATA. He was honored to receive the Bill Chisolm Ethnic Diversity Award from the NATA at the 2015 annual meeting last June. Roger’s interest in athletic training was sparked by a visit to Professor Chisolm at Brooklyn College as a sophomore. His healing hands made a huge difference with a case of patellar tendonitis.

Roger is a contributing author of two books: Total Fitness the NBA Way (Perennial Currents, 2000) and Condition the NBA Way (Cadell & Davies, 1994). He works with Alabama-based Nations of Coaches, a Christian-based organization created by former Alabama HS coach Tommy Kyle that helps to enhance coaches’ influence on young athletes both on and off the field. In summers of 2010 and 2011, he traveled to Mexico City to help coordinate basketball clinics for the Eduardo Najera Foundation. In 2009 and 2010, he served as guest reader for pre-schoolers as part of City of Newark’s Head Start health awareness program for youth and parents. He was a guest speaker at the Magner Career Center on the campus of his alma mater, Brooklyn College.

In 2010, Hinds co-hosted an online film-web program for the NBA/Taco Bell Light Menu Initiative, teaming with Brandon Jennings and Basketball Hall of Famer Bob McAdoo. In August 2009, he visited his birthplace for the first time in more than three decades and hosted a basketball training workshop for the Trinidad and Tobago Basketball Federation in Port of Spain, Trinidad. He addressed West Point Cadets at Fellowship of Christian Athletes meeting in September 2009 and enjoyed 12-year tenure at the College of Charleston prior to his NBA career.

Hinds served as his school’s head athletic trainer (1980-1990) and as well as director of sports medicine (1990-1992). He also served as an adjunct professor in the health, physical education and recreation department and as a strength and conditioning coach.

Hinds is an avid Knicks fan and was a member of Brooklyn Prep’s final graduating class of 1972. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in physical education from Brooklyn College in 1977 and his Master of Science Degree in physical education from Indiana State in 1978. Roger and his wife Carmen have four children: Jade, Aja, Andre and Greg, as well as four grandchildren. The Hinds family reside in Prosper, Texas and are active in local church activities.
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Anthony Goenaga

Education: Purchase College (B.S.); Long Island University (M.S.)
Hometown: New York, New York
NBATA Member Since: 2004
Anthony Goenaga celebrates two decades with the Knicks, and he is currently in his third season as Associate Athletic Trainer. He assists in all areas of medical therapy/treatment, including individual work with players and physical therapy assignments and is responsible for maintaining medical room setups at the Garden, MSG Training Center and on the road. He helps coordinate individual players’ off-season rehab and injury-prevention programs and has served as athletic trainer for Knicks’ Summer League squad in Las Vegas since 2005. Anthony served as part of host training staff at 2015 NBA All-Star Game at the Garden.

Goenaga originally joined Knicks in 1995-96 as training staff intern, then served as trainers room attendant prior to promotion to fulltime position in 2004. He was named Assistant Athletic Trainer during the 2004-05 season.

Anthony’s NBA training career has spanned the globe -- in summer 2012, he served as athletic trainer for NBA’s Basketball Without Borders in Moscow (and in similar capacity for NBA’s BWB Brazilian trip to Sao Paulo in 2007), and also worked at the 2012 London Olympics. In summer 2009, he accompanied a contingent of NBA players and coaches on a league-sponsored goodwill tour of China. In summers 2008 and 2010, he served as athletic trainer for the U.S. Olympic Select Team in Las Vegas. He worked with Carmelo Anthony at the 2012 London Olympics and at the NBA All-Star Games in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and is currently serving as the Eastern Assistant Athletic Trainer Representative for the NBATA. He was also named the as 2015 NBA All Star East Athletic Trainer.

Certified athletic trainer, physical therapist, performance enhancement specialist (2005) and corrective exercise specialist (2006), Anthony completed undergraduate work at Purchase College, graduate work at Long Island University, receiving his Bachelor’s Degrees in biology and health science, respectively, and went on to receive his Master’s Degree in physical therapy in 2000.

A Big Apple native, Anthony lives in Thornwood, New York with his wife, Carolina, and their two sons, Aidan and Daniel.
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Erwin Benedict Valencia

Education: University of the Philippines, Manila (B.S.); Plymouth State University (M.Ed.); University of St Augustine for Health Sciences (D.P.T.)
Hometown: Manila, Philippines
NBATA Member Since: 2015
Erwin Benedict Valencia is currently the Director of Training and Conditioning of the New York Knicks, combining his knowledge and skills in manual and sports physical therapy, athletic training, strength and conditioning, sports science, and mindfulness as the leader of the team’s medical and performance team staff. The Manila, Philippines native joined the New York Knicks in the fall of 2014 as the Team Physical Therapist and Assistant Athletic Trainer.

Erwin is the first Filipino raised and educated in the Philippines to be on an NBA and MLB team. Prior to joining the Knicks, Erwin was the Major League Rehabilitation Director of the Pittsburgh Pirates for eight seasons, ironically following the footsteps of “Bigtime” Danny Whelan, who was with the Pirates during the 1960 World Series and the Knicks during the 1969-1970 and 1972-73 NBA Championships. In 2012, he founded the socially-responsible global education company KinetIQ, providing “grassroots and next step” knowledge in sports medicine, wellness and performance art to institutions around the world with no ready access to it. He also founded the Non-Profit #BeyondMedyo Foundation (Philippines) to promote a Mindful Movement Lifestyle to underprivileged and orphaned kids in his home country of the Philippines. He is currently also serving as the Director of Medical and Performance Services for Baseball New Zealand and is a consultant to the South African Baseball Union, Czech Republic National Baseball Team, LG Twins Professional Baseball Team, and is the Sports Physical Therapy Expert for the Philippines Physical Therapy Association. In addition, he is a mentor and life coach to professionals and students alike in five continents from ages 16-40 to live more purposeful and socially impactful lives through his Grasshopper Project.

He begins every day in gratitude and has made it his personal mission to be an inspiration to young Filipinos everywhere.