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.