One-on-One with Chad Bergman

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Golden State Warriors athletic trainer Chad Bergman began with the Spurs as the equipment manager during the 2003-04 season. Bergman’s held that role for two seasons before working his way to become the Spurs assistant trainer for six seasons (2006-11) and was a member of two Spurs Championships. As a member of the Spurs training staff, he was responsible for the day-to-day health of the team and the evaluation and treatment of injuries. Bergman took some time to catch up with Spurs.com after Golden State’s matchup on March 20.

Can you talk about your evolution (equipment manger to assistant trainer) and your overall experience with the Spurs?
“I came to the Spurs after their title in 2003. I had a dual role as the equipment manager, primarily, and also assisted the training staff when I could. It was a great experience. I learned a lot from everyone in the organization, but specifically Will Sevening, Dr. Saenz and Dr. Schmidt. These are people who are the top the game in their individual professions. My experience with them has helped me immensely with my role with the Golden State Warriors.”

What were some of your favorite on-court/behind the scenes memories during your tenure with the team?
“Obviously, the two championships stand out first and foremost. Other than that, just the close knit feeling that the whole organization seemed to have. It is something that I was proud to be a part of. There are not too many places in professional sports that are as highly respected as the Spurs. It was an honor to be associated with them for eight years.”

Being from Indiana, what was it like living in San Antonio and do you have any favorite memories of the city?
“Indiana will always be home to me, but I consider San Antonio to be my adopted home. I was lucky enough to make some lifelong friends during my time there. For that reason alone I will always have ties to San Antonio. I love the city and the people I met there. I do not miss snow, Indiana winters can be brutal. The great thing is I have now started a new chapter in my life in the Bay Area and I am quickly falling in love with it here.”

On working with head trainer Will Sevening and how did it prepare you for current job with Golden State?
“Will Sevening is a person that I have known for years. He is a friend and colleague that I have so much respect for. I learned so much from my time with him. Not just about our profession, but also how to be a great friend and family man. In our job it is a very difficult thing to balance those things effectively. He taught me, that while it is not easy, it is possible to do both and do them at the very highest level. Working with and for him was great privilege that in many ways will influence how I go about things personally and professionally for years to come.”

While living in San Antonio what were your favorite restaurants or favorite hangouts?
“As I mentioned I met a lot of great people there. But the job kept me very busy. When I was away from work I usually spent time with them. I am a big fan of Pappasito’s. I could eat there every day, and I always stop in when I am in town. “

Talk about your experiences as a ball boy with the Indiana Pacers then being the manager of the Spurs ball boys and the experiences you had with them:
“I actually met Will Sevening while he was an intern with the Pacers and I was a ball boy. He went on to become their assistant athletic trainer before coming to the Spurs. It was in Indiana that both Will and I were lucky enough to work with one of the best our profession has had, David Craig, Pacers head athletic trainer. He is someone who taught me so much about this profession and still continues too. While I was a ball boy I got to watch up close and personally head athletic trainers for years. I fell in love with the idea of one day becoming one. I owe the Spurs and Will Sevening a lot of thanks for allowing me to grow and learn from my years with them and preparing me to take the next step. Then it all came full circle for me when I came to San Antonio and took over the managing of the ball boys there. I got to meet some great young men. One prime example is, Jeff Kezar, who is now an employee of the Spurs. To me that is just another example of the Spurs’ family.”