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Phoenix Suns

Address: 201 E. Jefferson St,. Phonenix, AZ 85004
Arena Name: Talking Stick Resort Arena
Phone: (602) 379-7986
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Aaron Nelson

SVP, Athlete Health and Performance/Head Athletic Trainer
Education: Iowa State University (B.S.); California University of Pennsylvania (M.S.)
Hometown: Manning, Iowa
NBATA Member Since: 2000
Aaron Nelson serves as the Suns' Senior Vice President of Athlete Health & Performance and is in his 19th season as the Suns' Head Athletic Trainer, only the second in team history. Nelson, who was the second youngest head athletic trainer in the NBA when he was promoted, was originally hired as the Suns’ Assistant Athletic Trainer in 1993. He and his staff have built the Suns into an industry leader with a reputation for prolonging the careers of some of the game’s best. Included in his role are the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries, athlete performance enhancement and recovery, and assisting in the travel operations of the team.

Nelson, who was named the Joe O’Toole NBA Athletic Trainer of the Year by the National Basketball Athletic Trainers Association for 2009, is certified and licensed as an athletic trainer, performance enhancement specialist (PES) and corrective exercise specialist (CES). He is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), Arizona Athletic Trainers Association (AZATA) and National Basketball Athletic Trainers Association (NBATA). In the Spring of 2010, Nelson was appointed by Arizona’s former Governor, Jan Brewer, to serve on the Arizona Board of Athletic Training where he served his final two years as Chairman, before fulfilling his obligation in 2015. Nelson served as the athletic trainer for the USA Basketball Men’s Select Team that helped prepare the 2007 USA Senior National Team for the FIBA Americas Championship in Las Vegas.

Following graduation from Iowa State University in December 1992, Nelson spent the spring 1993 semester as a graduate assistant at Arizona State University. While an undergraduate, he was a student athletic trainer for four years under NATA Hall of Famer Frank Randall. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education with an emphasis on Athletic Training and a minor in Health. Nelson, who serves on the Science Advisory Board for Fusionetics, received his Master of Science degree in Exercise Science from California University at Pennsylvania.

In the summer of 2004, Nelson completed a two-week volunteer internship with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) in the sports medicine department at the Olympic training facility in Chula Vista, Calif., working primarily with track and field and Paralympic athletes. Nelson participated as the athletic trainer for the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders in Ljubljana, Slovenia in the summer of 2011 and in Johannesburg, South Africa in the summer of 2014.

The Manning, Iowa native is the brother-in-law of Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek. Aaron and his wife Jessica have two sons, Andrew and Logan, and a daughter, Emma.
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Tom Maystadt

Education: Iowa State University (B.S.); California University of Pennsylvania (M.S.)
Hometown: Carroll, IA
NBATA Member Since: 2009
Tom Maystadt joined the Phoenix Suns organization as the Rehabilitation Coordinator and Assistant Athletic Trainer in 2009.

Maystadt is a certified athletic trainer, and a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). He is also a corrective exercise specialist (CES) and performance enhancement specialist (PES) from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Iowa State University in 1992 and received his Master of Science Degree in exercise science and health promotion, with concentration in rehabilitation sciences from California University of Pennsylvania.

Maystadt developed an interest in athletic training as a three sport athlete at Carroll Kuemper High School . Maystadt’s mother was a nurse and with his love for sports chose a major where he could be in the health field and stay close to athletics.

Tom lives in Chandler, Arizona with his wife, Jennifer, and their two beautiful daughters, Grace and Lily.
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Stanford Williams III

Education: Indiana University (B.S.)
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
NBATA Member Since: 2017
Stanford Williams joined the Phoenix Suns organization as an Assistant Athletic Trainer and Movement Edge Specialist in 2017. Williams studied at Indiana University, where he worked with men’s basketball. While at Indiana, Williams received awards such as the Frank Family Scholarship for Sports Medicine and the NATA Hall of Famer Walter “Kip” Smith Commitment to Excellence Award. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training with a minor in Exercise Science in 2017. Williams served as a certified intern athletic trainer for the University of Alabama’s men’s basketball team in the summer of 2017.

Williams developed an interest in Anatomy throughout High School. As an athlete, he developed a passion for injury prevention as well as sport performance, combining his love for healthcare and the game of basketball.

Williams is a certified athletic trainer, and a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). He has received corrective exercise (CES), and performance enhancement (PES) specializations from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).
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Brady Howe

Head Strength & Conditioning Coach/Assistant Athletic Trainer
Education: Weber State University (B.S.); Southern Utah University (M.S.)
Hometown: Ogden, Utah
NBATA Member Since: 2017
Brady Howe joined the Phoenix Suns prior to the 2018-19 season as the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach/Assistant Athletic Trainer. Howe joins the Sun’s organization after one year with the Atlanta Hawks as the Assistant Athletic Trainer. Prior to his stint in Atlanta, Howe spent three seasons within the Utah Jazz organization as the Director of Athletic Performance/Athletic Trainer for the SLC Stars of the NBA G-League (previously Idaho Stampede). Prior to Joining the Idaho Stampede, Howe was a member of the Weber State University Athletic Training/Strength Staff from 2011-2013, his responsibilities included coverage of the Men/Women’s Basketball team, Football team and Softball team. Howe’s first professional basketball opportunity started as the Head Athletic Trainer/Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Utah Flash of the NBA D-League from 2009-2011.

The Ogden, Utah native is a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) through the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) and proud member of the National Basketball Athletic Trainers Association (NBATA). Howe is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and holds certifications through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) as a Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) and Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES).

Howe earned a Bachelor degree in clinical Athletic Training from Weber State University in 2008, and a Master’s degree in Sports Conditioning and Performance from Southern Utah University in 2012.

Howe resides in Phoenix with his wife Emily and daughter Maci.
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Devin Skinner

Assistant Athletic Trainer
Education: Slippery Rock University (B.S.); California University of Pennsylvania (M.S.)
Hometown: Blacksburg, VA
NBATA Member Since: 2018
Devin Skinner is in his first season with the Phoenix Suns as Assistant Athletic Trainer. Skinner comes to the Suns after serving as a performance healthcare athletic trainer for Baylor Scott & White Medical Center, working out of the Sports Performance Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas. He had previously been an assistant athletic trainer at Allegheny College, head athletic trainer at Clarion Area High School and graduate assistant athletic trainer at Clarion University. Since 2014, Skinner has worked as a consulting performance healthcare practitioner for Fusionetics, implementing movement analysis through the Fusionetics Performance Health System to MLB and NFL athletes.

A graduate of Slippery Rock University with a Bachelor’s in Athletic Training, Skinner also holds a Master’s in Rehabilitation Sciences from California University of Pennsylvania. He is a certified athletic trainer (ATC), corrective exercise specialist (CES) performance enhancement specialist (PES), and a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA).

Skinner is the son of Mike and Cathy Skinner and is the youngest of three siblings. The Blacksburg, Virginia native currently resides in Scottsdale with his dog, Merlin.
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Geoff Staton

Assistant Athletic Trainer
Education: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.S.); University of Kentucky (M.A.)
Hometown: Greensboro, NC
NBATA Member Since: 2018
Geoffrey Staton is in his first season with the Phoenix Suns as their Assistant Athletic Trainer. In his role, Staton assists with daily athletic training room treatments, movement and injury prevention screening assessments, corrective exercises, injury maintenance programs, and post-practice and game recovery. Staton also serves as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Suns’ NBA Summer League team.

Staton comes to the Suns after most recently serving as the senior associate athletic trainer for the men’s basketball program at the University of South Florida. With over a decade of athletic training experience, Staton has provided healthcare for various nationally-ranked sports teams at the University of North Carolina (2014-2017), High Point University (2010-2014) and the University of Kentucky (2008-2010). In 2017, Staton was named athletic trainer for USA Basketball’s U19 National Team coached by Kentucky’s John Calipari that won bronze at the 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup in Cairo, Egypt. Staton also has previous exposure to the NBA having served as an athletic training intern with the Charlotte Bobcats (currently Charlotte Hornets) in the summer of 2007.

A 2007 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor’s in Exercise and Sport Science with concentration in athletic training, Staton also holds a Master’s degree in Athletic Training from the University of Kentucky. Staton is a licensed and BOC Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), and also a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), the Arizona Athletic Trainers’ Association (AZATA), and the National Basketball Athletic Trainers Association (NBATA).

A native of Greensboro, North Carolina, Staton currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona.