College - Northwestern College (MN)
Tom Smith was named head athletic trainer of the Orlando Magic on July 5, 2006. He had spent the previous 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 teamís 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).
Smithís career in athletic training began as a graduate student trainer with the Minnesota Timberwolves for the 1990-91 season. From 1992-95, he served as head athletic trainer and travel coordinator for the Rapid City Thrillers of the CBA. Smith then worked one season (1995-96) with the IHLís Minnesota Moose, in addition to his responsibilities at St. Paul Academy.
A certified member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM-PES) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (CSCS). Smith has assisted the training staffs at many different sporting events, including the Magicís summer league team in 1999, several NBA Pre-Draft camps and the USOC Sports Medicine program..
Smith has a B.S. in sports studies and bible from Northwestern College (MN) and earned his masterís 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. Smith has traveled to Ivory Coast, West Africa where he and his parents lived from 1978-79, and he also spent two summers in the Philippines. He and his wife, Lisa, have three children, Grant (10), Kailee Jo (7) and Jackson (4).