Utah Jazz

Address: 301 W South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84081
Arena Name: Vivint SmartHome Arena
Phone: (801) 325-2500

Mike Elliot

Vice President of Performance Health Care
Education: Arizona State University (B.S.); California University at Pennsylvania (M.S.)
Hometown: Phoenix, Az
NBATA Member Since: 2003
Mike Elliott is entering his first season as the Vice President of Performance Health Care. In this newly created role he will lead all of the Jazz’s medical and sports science efforts, including oversight of both the team’s training and strength-and-conditioning programs.

Elliott, comes to the Jazz after spending the previous 14 seasons (2003-17) as a member of the Phoenix Suns’ athletic training staff, the last two as that team’s director of performance. In addition to his role as director of performance, Elliott continued to serve as the club’s head strength and conditioning coach and assistant athletic trainer, his eighth season holding those dual positions. With those roles, he was responsible for all aspects of player strength and conditioning and worked alongside their vice president of athlete care on daily recognition, care and treatment of team-related medical issues. Elliott also engineered an overhaul of the Suns’ nutrition program, focusing on educating players to optimize performance and recovery with a commitment to well-sourced, whole, organic foods.

Originally joining the Suns full-time in 2003-04 as assistant athletic trainer, Elliott was named NBA Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by the National Basketball Strength and Conditioning Association (NBSCA) following the 2013-14 season. He also sits on the executive board for the NBSCA and has served as the lead strength and conditioning coach for the British Men’s National Team, joining their program in 2010 as the team trained for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

A native of Phoenix, Elliott is a certified athletic trainer (ATC), performance enhancement specialist (PES) and corrective exercise specialist (CES) from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). He received his master of science degree in performance enhancement and injury prevention from California University at Pennsylvania in 2005 and did his undergraduate work in exercise science at Arizona State University, where he was in the athletic training program.

Eric Waters

Head Athletic Trainer
Education: University of Iowa (B.S.); Boise State University (M.S.)
Hometown: Jackson, Wyoming
NBATA Member Since: 2000
Eric Waters enters his first season as head athletic trainer for the Utah Jazz, he comes to the Jazz after spending 12 seasons (2004-16) as the head athletic trainer for the Washington Wizards. During his time in Washington he was selected as the NBA’s Athletic Trainer of the Year by the National Basketball Athletic Trainers Association (NBATA) following the 2009-10 season. He has also served as an athletic trainer for the USA Men’s National Team since 2014.

Prior to joining the Wizards, Waters spent four years as the assistant athletic trainer of the Chicago Bulls from 2000-2004. His career has also included assistantships within the athletic departments of Northwestern University and the University of Iowa, and he spent two seasons with NFL Europe working as the head athletic trainer for the London Monarchs and the assistant athletic trainer for the Rhein Fire, following an internship with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers. Certified and licensed as an athletic trainer (ATC), strength and conditioning coach (CSCS), corrective exercise specialist (CES) and performance enhancement specialist (PES), Waters previously served as both Secretary of the NBATA, as well as the association’s Eastern Conference representative, and was a featured speaker at the 2010 National Athletic Trainers Association Conference in Philadelphia.

Waters received bachelor’s degrees in both exercise science and psychology from the University of Iowa in 1995 and a master’s in exercise science from Boise State University in 1998. Waters has continued to enhance his skillset throughout his career by traveling abroad to study the latest high performance sport and sports medicine techniques and practices, and is currently pursuing a master’s in high performance sport (MHPS) degree from Australian Catholic University located in Australia.

Very involved in community efforts, Waters has made multiple international trips in support of the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders efforts, and is also active in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program among others.

Barnett Frank

Director of Performance Science
Education: Indiana University – Bloomington (B.S.), The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (M.A. & Ph.D.)
Hometown: Bethel, CT
NBATA Member Since: 2018
Barnett is entering his second year as the director of performance science with the Jazz. Barnett serves the organization in the capacities of athletic training, strength & conditioning, and performance science. As a member of the performance healthcare team Barnett’s responsibilities include support for the planning of integrated injury prevention, performance enhancement, and return to play programming. Barnett directs the implementation of the healthcare team’s health and performance data analysis initiatives to inform decision making for optimized player healthcare and wellness.

Frank comes to the Jazz from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he earned a Ph.D. in Human Movement Science, also spending time on his post-doctoral research focusing on the nexus of biomechanics and exercise physiology. During his time in Chapel Hill, Barnett worked closely with The University of North Carolina athletics program, researching and implementing cutting edge technology and techniques to help support their athletes’ injury prevention, performance, recovery and health initiatives, coordinated through the school’s Department of Exercise and Sports Science.

Barnett also serves as adjunct faculty for The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and The University of Utah. Barnett serves on theses and dissertation committees, lecturing, and assisting in the design and implementation of sports medicine research initiatives in his roles at UNC and the U of U.

Frank is an active member of The National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA) and has had the opportunity to serve as a featured presenter at numerous national and international sport medicine conferences. Barnett has authored numerous original clinical research papers in the areas of injury prevention and human performance. Barnett’s clinical and research efforts center around the collective integrated care and wellness of athletes and active individuals, striving to provide athletes and clinicians with a proactive medical model to promote the longevity of NBA athletes’ careers and their long-term quality of life.

Erik Phillips

Director of Performance
Education: Colorado State University (B.S.); California University of Pennsylvania (M.S.)
Hometown: Denver, CO
NBATA Member Since: 2003-09, 2019
Erik Phillips is entering his first season as the Director of Performance with the Jazz. In this position, he will serve both in the Athletic Training and Strength & Conditioning areas addressing performance, rehabilitation and return to play protocols and programming.

Phillips comes to the Jazz after spending two years with Athlete Health First as their Director of Performance, consulting with teams and elite individual athletes utilizing Integrated Manual Therapy and designing injury management and performance programming. Prior to this, Phillips managed and owned two facilities in Denver, CO from 2009-2017… SportXcel, which catered to youth, collegiate and professional athletes and MuvLab, which specialized in adult fitness and post-physical therapy/return to activity programming. He also helped found the SportXcel Youth Fitness Foundation, a Non-Profit which helped provide fitness equipment and physical education programs for low income and STEM schools in the Denver Public School district. He was the Medical Director for the 2012 Women’s NCAA Basketball Final Four and attended the 2012 London Olympics as a performance consultant for Egypt Track & Field. He served as an ATC Concussion Spotter for the NFL during the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

Phillips returns to the NBA after serving as the Assistant ATC for the Denver Nuggets from 1998-2004 and as the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach/Assistant ATC of the Phoenix Suns from 2004-2009. He also assisted the Colorado Avalanche from 1999-2003 with minor league call-ups during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

He is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) and certified as a Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) and Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). He received a Master’s degree in Injury Prevention and Performance Enhancement from California University of Pennsylvania in 2005 and did his undergraduate at Colorado State University, where he was in the student athletic training program and ran track and cross country from 1993-98.