The Sonics hired Mike Shimensky on June 5, 2000 to replace retiring trainer Frank Furtado. Shimensky, who is only the third trainer in franchise history, came to Seattle following six seasons as head trainer for the Utah Jazz.
Joining the Sonics staff allowed Shimensky to make his long-awaited return to the state of Washington where he attended Centralia Junior College and graduated in 1968 from Central Washington University.
As the club's trainer, Mike is responsible for the day-to-day health of the team and conducts evaluation therapy and rehabilitation. He also manages all team travel for the Sonics.
Shimensky, who was only the second trainer in Jazz franchise history, joined the Utah club on July 13, 1994. He had previously served seven years with the Portland Trail Blazers (1987-94) and six with the San Diego/L.A. Clippers (1981-87).
A member of the National Athletic Trainer's Association and the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Shimensky earned a master's degree in athletic training at the University of Arizona in 1973.
Following his graduate work at Arizona, he worked in the public school system as a trainer and teacher. Mike soon became the first full-time, certified athletic trainer in the Phoenix public schools system and regularly held training seminars through the Sports Medicine Clinic to benefit coaches, trainers and nurses.
Shimensky returned to the University of Arizona in 1980-81 as an assistant athletic trainer for the basketball and track teams.
The 54-year-old Shimensky spent his formative years in Honolulu, Hawaii, graduating from Maryknoll High School in 1964. He played baseball at Central Washington, where he is also a member of the university's sports hall of fame.
Mike's children are Daniel, Andrew and Lauren.