Craig Moves to Front Office Position
Pacers News Release | June 20, 2005
The Indiana Pacers announced Monday that longtime athletic trainer David Craig has been moved to the front office as assistant to the president, specializing in the medical aspects of the franchise. Craig will report directly to Pacers CEO/President Donnie Walsh and President of Basketball Larry Bird.
“It’s a great opportunity for me at this stage of my career,” said Craig, the team’s trainer for the last 35 years. “To work for and with Donnie and Larry while learning more aspects of the inner workings of the front office is something I’m greatly looking forward to.”
Added Walsh, “David Craig has been a Hall of Fame trainer here for 35 years. He has earned the right to come to the front office and be involved in other areas of the franchise. He will prove to be as invaluable in this position as he was as a trainer.”
Craig was the 2003 winner of the Joe O’Toole NBA Athletic Trainer of the Year award; a 1995 inductee into the Indiana Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame as well as that organization’s Trainer of the Year winner in 1993; 2001 winner of the Distinguished Trainer Award from the National Athletic Trainers Association; a two-time NBA All-Star trainer and in 2004 served as a trainer for the U.S. Olympic basketball team.
Walsh said an announcement of the makeup of the training staff will be announced at a later date.