Magic Name Tom Smith Athletic Trainer

July 5, 2006

Orlando, FL – The Orlando Magic have named Tom Smith head athletic trainer, General Manager Otis Smith announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deals are not disclosed.

Smith has spent the last six seasons as assistant athletic trainer for the Atlanta Hawks. With Atlanta, Smith assisted to the training needs of the players, in addition to handling the team’s travel arrangements. Prior to joining the Hawks, Smith was the head athletic trainer at St. Paul Academy in St. Paul, Minnesota for six years (1994-2000).

Smith’s career in athletic training began as a graduate student trainer with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1990. From 1992-95, he served as head trainer and travel coordinator for the Rapid City Thrillers of the CBA. Smith then worked one season (1995-96) with the IHL’s Minnesota Moose, in addition to his responsibilities at St. Paul Academy.

A certified member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) and a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (CSCS), Smith has assisted the training staffs at many different sporting events, including the Magic’s summer league team in 1999 and several NBA Pre-Draft camps.

Smith has a B.S. in sports studies and bible from Northwestern College (MN) and earned his master’s in sports medicine from the U.S. Sports Academy. He was an eight-time national championship qualifier for both the cross country and track teams at Northwestern.

Born on August 26, 1965 in Long Prairie, Minnesota, Smith is on the Board of Directors for the Exponential Fund, a charitable organization established to support student-athletes in their pursuit of higher education. He and his wife, Lisa, have three children, Grant, Kailee Jo and Jackson.