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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

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' Vice President of Athlete Care in his 17th 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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Quinton Sawyer

Education: University of North Carolina (M.A., A.T.,C.)
Hometown: Camden, NC
NBATA Member Since: 2016
Quinton Sawyer is in his first season as Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Suns. Sawyer joins the Suns staff after spending the previous five seasons as the head athletic trainer for the Michigan State University’s men’s basketball team. Prior to his arrival in East Lansing in fall 2011, the Camden, North Carolina native spent two years as the head athletic trainer at Campbell University, where he was responsible for coordination and oversight of all athletic training services for the Division I athletic department. Sawyer joined the Fighting Camel program after spending three years at Southeastern Louisiana University as athletic trainer for the Lions’ men’s basketball and volleyball teams. Prior to joining the Southeastern staff, Sawyer spent two seasons as a graduate assistant at North Carolina, working with the Tar Heel men’s junior varsity basketball team along with the UNC swimming and diving teams. Sawyer was also a game day assistant athletic trainer with the Tar Heel varsity men’s basketball team, where he was a part of the 2005 NCAA National Championship run.

A 2004 graduate of UNC, Sawyer spent two summers as a certified intern athletic trainer in the NFL with the Denver Broncos for the organization’s training camp, also traveling with the team for all preseason games. Sawyer earned his Master’s Degree in exercise and sport science from UNC in 2006. During the summers of 2004-07, he was a research assistant with JUMP-ACL (Joint Undertaking to Monitor and Prevent ACL Injury), a collaborative multi-site prospective cohort study of neuromuscular risk factors for Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injuries. The study is projected to enroll over 5,000 subjects and is based in the U.S. Military, Naval and Air Force academies. Sawyer completed a two-week volunteer rotation at the United States Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York during the summer of 2013 where he was the athletic trainer for the Women’s Junior National Volleyball Team.

Sawyer is currently pursuing his Doctor of Athletic Training (DAT) degree through AT Still University in Mesa, AZ. Sawyer has also received several honors throughout his career, presenting his master’s thesis at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association symposium, while also presenting at Boston University’s inaugural AT student symposium for the Boston Marathon. He is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and has attained the Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) and Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) certifications through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

Quinton and his wife, Lauren, were married in May 2015.
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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 is currently working on receiving his corrective exercise, and performance enhancement specializations from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).