College - Wayne State
Head Athletic Trainer
Currently in his 23rd season with the Warriors as the clubís head athletic trainer, Tom Abdenour is responsible for the day-to-day health of the team, including the evaluation and rehabilitation therapy of injuries. His 23- year tenure with the Warriors makes him one of only five athletic trainers in the NBA who have been with their current teamfor that length of time. On July 17, 2007, Abdenour was inducted into the National Athletic Trainersí Association Hall of Fame, only the third NBA Athletic Trainer to receive such recognition.
A certified member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and an active member of the California Athletic Trainerís Association, Abdenour has earned respect and admiration from not only his colleagues in the NBA, but throughout the professional and amateur training ranks as well. In 2005, he was the recipient of the National Athletic Trainersí Associationís Tim Kerin Award For Excellence In Athletic Training. In 1990, just his third season in the league, Tomís peers elected him as the NBAís Athletic Trainer of the Year.
During the summer of 2000, Abdenour served as athletic trainer for the gold medal-winning USA Menís Basketball Team at the Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. His list of accomplishments also includes serving as athletic trainer for theWestern Conference at NBA All- Star 2000 (hosted by theWarriors) and as a volunteer athletic trainer at the 1999 Pan-Am Games, the Goodwill Games in NewYork City and the 1994 U.S.World Championships in Toronto.
In the summer of 2003, Abdenour worked with the St. Vincent de Paul Society and was a driving force behind the CHAMPION Guidance Center for Men, a center for homeless men in Oakland. For his efforts in helping create the CHAMPION Center, Abdenour was recognized in Sports Illustratedís ďFaces In The CrowdĒ section in the July 25, 2005 issue.
Prior to joining theWarriors in 1987, Abdenour spent eight years as the athletic trainer for all 15 varsity sports programs atWeber State in Ogden, Utah. His career began in 1978 at Hillsdale College in South Central, Michigan, where he spent one year as its athletic trainer before moving on to Weber State.
A graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit, Abdenour received his bachelorís degree in biology and his masterís degree in science education in 1978. He is also currently enrolled in the doctorate of health science program at The Arizona School of Health Sciences. His brother, Mike, is the athletic trainer for the Detroit Pistons, making the Abdenourís the first brother athletic training combination in professional sports.
Tom and his wife, Christine, live in San Leandro and have three children - Rebecca (26), Carolyn (25 - who is completing her Peace Corps service in Ghana) and Thomas (20 Ė a student manager for the menís basketball team at the University of Utah).