New Orleans Pelicans

Address: 1501 Dave Dixon Dr., New Orleans, LA 70113
Arena Name: Smoothie King Center
Phone: (504) 733-0255

Aaron Nelson, MS, ATC, CES

VP, Player Care & Performance
Education: Iowa State University (B.S.); California University of Pennsylvania (M.S.)
Hometown: Manning, Iowa
NBATA Member Since: 2000
Aaron Nelson enters his first season as the Pelicans' VP of Player Care and Performance. Nelson previously served as the Suns' Senior Vice President of Athlete Health & Performance and was the Suns' Head Athletic Trainer for 19 seasons, 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 built the Suns into an industry leader with a reputation for prolonging the careers of some of the game's best. His current role with the Pelicans has him overseeing the Sports Medicine, Strength & Conditioning, Performance, Recovery and Sports Science staff.

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.

Nelson is currently the Chairman of the National Basketball Trainers Association(NBATA) through 2021.

Aaron and his wife, Jessica, have two sons, Andrew and Logan, and a daughter, Emma.

Tom Maystadt

Head Athletic Trainer
Education: Iowa State University (B.S.); California University of Pennsylvania (M.S.)
Hometown: Carroll, IA
NBATA Member Since: 2009
Tom Maystadt enters his first season as the Pelicans Head Athletic Trainer. Maystadt previously served as the Rehabilitation Coordinator and Assistant Athletic Trainer of the Phoenix Suns for 10 seasons. Maystadt is certified as an athletic trainer, corrective exercise specialist (CES) and performance enhancement specialist (PES). Maystadt is also a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), National Basketball Athletic Trainers Association (NBATA) and Arizona Athletic Trainers Association (AZATA).

Following graduation from Iowa State University in 1992, Maystadt spent 16 years in the clinical and outreach setting while directing sports medicine clinics with Physiotherapy Associates (1999-2009). He was also the coordinator of the sports medicine programs in the Chandler Unified School District (CUSD) and Dobson High School in Mesa, AZ (1993-2000).

Maystadt and his wife, Jennifer, have 2 daughters, Grace and Lily.

Jared Lewis

Physical Therapist/ Assistant Athletic Trainer
Education: Northeastern University; Bridgewater State University
Hometown: Plainfield, NH
NBATA Member Since: 2014
Jared began his career with the Pelicans in 2014, serving as their Physical Therapist and Assistant Athletic Trainer. In this capacity, his main focus is on injury prevention and rehabilitation, while assisting the athletic training staff with other medical related duties and responsibilities.

Prior to joining with the Pelicans, Lewis was working in a sports medicine clinic in the greater Boston area. Previously, he completed internships with the Boston Celtics during the 2009-10 season.

Stanford Williams

NBATA Member Since:

Todd Campbell

Physical Therapist / Assistant Athletic Trainer
NBATA Member Since: