College - Morehead State
Gary Briggs completed his sixth year with the Jazz after spending 18 seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Briggs has been recognized around the NBA as one of the league's top trainers, being voted by his peers as the 1999 Athletic Trainer of the Year, along with being selected as chairman for the National Basketball Trainers Association for the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons. In addition, in 2001 he was inducted into the Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame.
He also served as the athletic trainer for the Eastern Conference in the 1997 NBA All-Star Game in Cleveland and the 1995 NBA All-Star Game in Phoenix.
Prior to joining the Cavaliers in 1982, he spent two years as the head athletic trainer at Troy State University in Alabama, where he was responsible for the athletic needs of all men's and women's varsity sports.
The 56-year-old native of Long Beach, California, was certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) in 1978 and began his athletic training career as a student assistant while attending the University of Florida. From there, he moved to Morehead State University (KY), where he finished his graduate work as an assistant athletic trainer and worked at the Philadelphia Eagles training camp. Upon graduation, Gary was hired as head athletic trainer at Glenoak High School in Canton, Ohio. After five years at Glenoak, he moved on to Troy State. He has also been the head trainer at the NCAA Division II Baseball World Series and two Blue-Gray Football Classics.
In addition to his affiliation with the NATA, Briggs has been a member of the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association, the Ohio Athletic Trainers Association, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers Association and the Utah Athletic Trainers Association.
A three-time letterman in high school football, he enjoys fishing, biking and following all sports. He and his wife, Sue, who teaches English at Salt Lake Community College, have two daughters, Ashley and Courtney.