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Oklahoma City Thunder

Address: 100 W Reno Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Arena Name: Chesapeake Energy Arena
Phone: (405) 208-4609
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Joe Sharpe

Education: Old Dominion University (M.Ed., B.S.)
NBATA Member Since: 2002
Joe Sharpe enters his 10th season with the Thunder where he serves as the senior athletic trainer. A native of Bedford, VA, Sharpe spent four seasons as head athletic trainer for the Charlotte Bobcats before joining the Thunder. 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. Prior to employment in the NBA, Sharpe was the head basketball athletic trainer at the University of Connecticut from 1993-2002, which included the Huskies 1999 NCAA Championship season.

Sharpe has been an active participant with the USA Basketball program dating back to 2002. During the summers of 2012 and 2016, Sharpe won a gold medal while serving as athletic trainer for the men’s USA Basketball Olympic team. He won gold while serving as an athletic trainer for the men’s USA Basketball teams at the 2010 FIBA World Championship and 2014 FIBA World Cup. His involvement with USAB also includes serving at the Under-18, Under-19, and University World Games.

Sharpe currently serves as chairman of the National Basketball Athletic Trainers' Association, and is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. He is also a certified strength & conditioning specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a performance enhancement specialist (PES) and corrective exercise specialist (CES) with the National Academy of Sports Medicine, a Select Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) Level 1 and Functional Movement Screen (FMS) Level 1 with Functional Movement Systems, and a Level 1 Medical Specialist with the Titleist Performance Institute. He has pursued advanced training in dry needling, manual therapy, acupressure and acupuncture.

In 2007, Sharpe participated in the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders camp held in Johannesburg, South Africa. Sharpe also regularly speaks to young athletes about performance and health, as well as student groups interested in pursuing careers in sports medicine.

Sharpe developed an interest in athletic healthcare as a three-sport athlete at Liberty High School. He attended Old Dominion University, where he received a Bachelor of Education with emphasis in Sports Medicine, and a Masters of Education with emphasis in Athletic Training.

Joe and his wife, Jennifer, have two children, Joseph and Jayme.
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Donnie Strack

Education: University of Indianapolis (B.S., DPT)
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
NBATA Member Since: 2008
Dr. Strack begins his 10th season in Oklahoma City where he currently serves as the Vice President of Human & Player Performance. He is responsible for leading the medical and performance staff in providing comprehensive, evidence-based services for Thunder players through innovation, research, and integration of multiple health care professionals.

From 2005-2008, Strack was in private practice as a physical therapist at Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Services in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts. Strack graduated with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Indianapolis in 2005. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from the University of Indianapolis in 2002 and was awarded the Athletic Training Department Performance Award that same year.

Strack’s first role with an NBA team came in the sixth grade as a ball-boy for the Indiana Pacers, working under NATA Hall of Fame athletic trainer David Craig. He later served as a Graduate Assistant athletic trainer for the Indiana Pacers from 2002-2005. Donnie 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, 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).

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.

Strack lives in Edmond, Oregon with his wife, Sarah, and their six children – Ellabeth, Anderson, Lilajean, Evaleigh, Harrison, and Islarose.
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Tony Katzenmeier

Education: Kansas State University (B.S.); Eastern Illinois University (M.S.)
Hometown: Wichita, KS
NBATA Member Since: 2013
Tony Katzenmeier began his career as an Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Oklahoma City Thunder during the 2013 – 14 season. 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, California, 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 also has work experience with the Kansas City Chiefs, the New England Patriots, and USA Basketball.

In 2016, Katzenmeier received the “Rising Star” award from Eastern Illinois University for being a distinguished alumni excelling in the field of athletic training. He also has obtained certifications in the Functional Movement Screen, Blood Flow Restriction and Functional Dry Needling. Katzenmeier also maintains memberships with the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA).

Tony and his wife, Heather, have two children, Kai and Shay, and live in Edmond, Oklahoma.