Pacers' Athletic Trainer David Craig Named the Joe O'Toole NBA Athletic Trainer of the Year

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana Pacers Head Athletic Trainer David Craig has been named the 2002-03 Joe O'Toole NBA Athletic Trainer of the Year. Craig becomes the 19th member of the National Basketball Trainers Association (NBTA) to receive this award from his peers.

The upcoming 2003-04 season will be Craig's 34th as the Pacers' Head Athletic Trainer. Prior to joining the Pacers in 1970, he earned a Bachelor of Science of Physical Education (Distinguished) from Purdue University. Craig served as president of Indianapolis Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, Inc., from 1978-93, a business he founded and oversaw expansion of six area clinics. Craig has also been the Head Athletic Trainer for Loves Tennis (1975-78) and was an instructor at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (1982-84).

This award is one of many accolades Craig has received over the years. In 2001, he was named the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer. He received the Purdue University School of Liberal Arts Distinguished Alumni Award in 1996, and in 1993 was honored as the Indiana Athletic Trainers Association (IATA) Professional Clinician/Athletic Trainer of the Year. Craig served as the first president of the IATA and was inducted into the IATA Hall of Fame in 1995.

Craig served as the NBA All-Star Trainer in 1985 and 1996, and has been a two-time Chairman of the NBTA Executive Committee (1990-93; 1999-2002). Craig also serves as a board member on the Linda Craig Athletic Trainers Scholarship Fund and is the founder and sponsor of the Indiana Pacers Student Athletic Trainers Workshop.

Craig will be presented with the award during the first meeting at Conseco Fieldhouse between the Pacers and the New Jersey Nets during the 2003-04 season. Tim Walsh, Head Athletic Trainer for the Nets and new Chairman of the NBTA Executive Committee, will present the award.