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Orlando Magic

Address: 400 W. Church St., Orlando, FL 32801
Arena Name: Amway Center
Phone: (407) 916-2400
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Ernest Eugene

Head Athletic Trainer
Education: East Tennessee State University (Ed.D.); The Ohio State University (MA); George Washington University (BS)
Hometown: Washington, DC
NBATA Member Since: 2018
Ernest Eugene begins his first season as Head Athletic Trainer of the Orlando Magic. He joins Orlando after spending four seasons (2014-18) as assistant athletics director for sports medicine at Virginia Tech.

Eugene came to Virginia Tech following six seasons (2008-14) as the athletic trainer for the men’s basketball program at Marquette University, where he was promoted to director of sports medicine during his final year.

Prior to his time at Marquette, Eugene spent five seasons (2003-08) as the assistant athletic trainer with the Washington Wizards, where his duties included prevention/rehabilitation of injuries, travel administration and injury tracking. Before his tenure with the Wizards, he served as a seasonal intern athletic trainer with the NFL’s Washington Redskins in 2003.

A native of Washington, D.C., Eugene received a doctorate degree (Ed.D.) from East Tennessee State University in May 2018. He earned his master’s degree in allied health management from The Ohio State University, where he also served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer (2001-03). Eugene is certified as an athletic trainer (ATC), Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES), Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) and in Graston Techniques. He is also an active member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), the National Basketball Athletic Trainers’ Association (NABTA) and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).

Eugene graduated from George Washington University in 2000, earning a bachelor of science in exercise science, with a concentration in athletic training. In addition, while at Virginia Tech, he served as a board member with the Council on Revenue (COR) of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. He was also one of 32 collegiate athletic trainers appointed to the Intercollegiate Council for Sports Medicine in June of 2017.

Eugene and his wife, Jackie, have two sons, Jayden and Mason, and one daughter, Harper.
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Aki Tajima

Assistant Athletic Trainer
Education: Texas State University (BS); University of Arkansas (MS)
Hometown: Gifu, Japan
NBATA Member Since: 2017
Aki Tajima is recently entering his second season as an Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Orlando Magic.

Previously, Aki served as a Rehabilitation Coordinator for the Seattle Sounders FC, where he was part of MLS Cup Champions in 2016. He also served as a head athletic trainer for the LA Galaxy II and staff athletic trainer for the University of Arkansas Men’s Cross Country and Track and Field Team. While Aki was in Arkansas, the Razorbacks won two SEC Triple Crowns and NCAA Indoor National Championship.

Aki earned a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from the Texas State University and a Master of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Arkansas. While he was in the graduate school, he worked as a graduate assistant athletic trainer for the Razorback Track and Field Team.

In continued experiences in athletic training, Aki has been serving for the USA Track and Field National Team. He traveled with Team USA as an assistant athletic trainer at the IAAF World Jr. Championships, head athletic trainer at the Thorpe Cup, head athletic trainer at the NACAC U-23 Championships, and assistant athletic trainer at the IAAF World Championships. He also serves as a volunteer athletic trainer for the United States Olympic Committee.

Aki resides in Orlando, Florida.