Grizzlies announce changes to medical and performance teams

Memphis Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace today announced the hiring of Allen Gruver as Medical Director, the promotion of Jim Scholler to Head Athletic Trainer and the addition of Eric Oetter as Director of Performance.

As Medical Director, Gruver’s responsibilities include overseeing and directing the team’s medical team, performance team, nutrition team and sports science team in an effort to ensure long-term player health. Gruver comes to Memphis after spending the previous eight years as the owner and director of Foothills Sports Medicine in Gilbert, Ariz. where he specialized in the rehabilitation of professional and amateur athletes of all sports. He has experience teaching, working and consulting with organizations such as the University of Arizona, Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Tampa Bay Rays, Cincinnati Reds, Seattle Mariners, Stanford University, Denver Broncos and the PGA, European PGA, LPGA and Web.com tour professionals. Gruver earned his athletic trainer’s certification and strength and conditioning certification from the University of Upper Iowa and received his master’s degree in physical therapy from Elon University, where he played varsity basketball.

Scholler has been promoted to Head Athletic Trainer and will assist Gruver and team physicians in maintaining player health. Now in his ninth season with the Grizzlies, Scholler served eight seasons as the team’s Assistant Athletic Trainer/Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach. The Grand Haven, Mich. native earned his bachelor’s degree in movement science from the University of Michigan and his master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of North Florida.

As Director of Performance, Oetter will work with Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Chattin Hill to direct the team’s performance training. Additionally, he will assist Gruver in overseeing the team’s nutrition and sport science programs. Before coming to Memphis, Oetter coached and treated clientele at Indianapolis Fitness and Sports Training, Cressey Sports Performance and the Hruska Clinic. He earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise and sport science from the University of Georgia and his Doctor of Physical Therapy from the Emory University School of Medicine. He is also in the process of earning a Ph.D. in Applied Physiology from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he was a member of the football team.

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