Bighorns Hire Michael Douglas as Head Athletic Trainer

RENO, November 18th, 2008. -- The Reno Bighorns announce today that Michael Douglas as Head Athletic Trainer for the upcoming 2008-09 season. Douglas joins the Bighorns after his second season within the NBA Development League. He comes to us from the Houston Comets of the WNBA.

Prior to joining the Comets, he was Head Athletic Trainer for the Albuquerque Thunderbirds. He has also played other roles within the NBA Development League; Assistant Trainer, Strength & Conditioning Assistant and Equipment Manager – over the course of four seasons. He had previously worked in the International Basketball League as Head Athletic Trainer.

Douglas is currently the only professional who holds the distinction of working as an Athletic Trainer in the NBA, NBADL and the WNBA.

“I’m very proud of the fact that I have experience in the three leagues, the NBA, the NBDL and the WNBA,” said Michael Douglas. “I’m very excited to work under such a professional coaching staff of the Reno Bighorns and to be in such a great town as Reno,” he said.

“We chose Michael because of his experience level and ability to work within three Professional Basketball organizations,” said Head Coach Jay Humphries. “His knowledge and genuine concern for the players well being really stood out for us,” he said. “His high-level of knowledge in athletic training, the rehabilitation of sports injuries and about the game itself made him a perfect fit for our group,” Humphries continued.

Over the course of his career, Douglas has interned for the National Football League’s Buffalo Bills and also served as Student Assistant with the USA Women’s Senior National Basketball Team during the 1996 Olympic Games.

A member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Douglas holds certifications from the National Athletic Trainer Association and the American Institute of Fitness Educators.

Douglas has a bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education from Morehouse College, and a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from Life University. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Athletic Training.