Ed Lacerte - Head Athletic Trainer/Physical Therapist
Ed Lacerte begins his 27th season with Boston Celtics, making him the longest-serving athletic trainer in the history of the club.
Lacerte is a registered Physical Therapist, a Certiﬁed & Licensed Athletic Trainer, a Certiﬁed Strength & Conditioning Specialist, and someone who, in 1993, became Board Certiﬁed as a Sports Clinical Specialist by the American Physical Therapist Association. Along with his athletic training duties and physical therapy duties, he used this vast background to serve as the Celtics’ Strength and Conditioning Coach for eight seasons.
In 1993, the National Basketball Athletic Trainers Association, in a vote of his peers, selected Lacerte as the 12th annual recipient of the “NBA Athletic Trainer of the Year.” He also was named the NBA Athletic Trainer of the Year after the 2011-12 season. Other remarkable honors bestowed on Lacerte include being the athletic trainer to the "Dream Team," the unforgettable 1992 gold medal-winning US Olympic Basketball Team, and athletic trainer and member of the local organizing committee for the U.S. Olympic Gymnastic Trials in 1996 and 2000. Lacerte was also an athletic trainer at the World Cup in 1994. Lacerte’s Olympic involvement began with the 1984 LA Summer Olympics at the Boston venue for soccer and he also was involved with drug testing for the USOC in the 1980’s. Lacerte has also been a part of three Olympic Sports Fesitvals (North Carolina, 1987; Oklahoma City, 1989; Minneapolis, 1990) and was the athletic trainer for the 1991 Junior World Championships in Edmonton, Alberta.
A native of Lowell, Massachusetts, Lacerte collected his undergraduate degree in Physical Therapy from Boston University and his Master’s Degree in Education from the same university.
Lacerte was head athletic trainer for the Boston University hockey and football teams from 1982 through 1985. He was employed in a physical therapy clinic and was an athletic trainer on the interscholastic level for the next two years before his selection by the Celtics in August 1987.
Lacerte is an associate of the APTA, the National Athletic Trainers Association, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He serves as the Treasurer of the NBATA, a post he has held for the past 24 years. Lacerte also maintains a physical therapy clinic, Pro Sports Therapy, at Boston’s practice facility, HealthPoint in Waltham and has a location in Westford.
He also is one of five NBA head athletic trainers who contributed to a HarperCollins Publishers book titled, “NBA Workout Training Guide”, which was published in January, 1999.
In July, 2009, Lacerte was recognized by the National Basketball Athletic Trainers Association with the Ed Lacerte Service Award. The award was named in his honor for his contributions and exceptional service and assistance to the NBATA. The honor is given to a member of the NBATA every two years by the outgoing chairman.
Ed and his wife, Maureen, have five children: Devin, Taylor, Arianna, Graham and Thea. The family lives in Westford, MA.