Head Athletic Trainer
College: Iowa State University (B.S., M.S.)
Years in NBA: 3
Steve Stricker begins his second season as the Bobcats head athletic trainer, where he monitors the medical needs of the Bobcats players and also manages the team’s travel needs. Stricker brings over 20 years of experience to the Bobcats in a career that includes stops with the Washington Wizards, University of Michigan, University of Texas-Arlington and Iowa State University.
Stricker began his career at his alma mater, Iowa State, where he served as both a student trainer and assistant athletic trainer while earning his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. He went on to serve as head athletic trainer at UT-Arlington from 1993-95 before moving on to Michigan, where he held the positions of assistant athletic trainer and associate supervisor of athletic medicine. In 2001, Stricker joined the Wizards, serving as the team’s athletic trainer for three seasons.
Most recently he served as marketing manager for team sports at Gatorade, handling all contracted college and professional teams in the Central and Northeast regions of the United States.
Stricker is a Certified Athletic Trainer and is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association. He and his wife, Pam, have two children, Jonathan and Samantha.
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Colleges: University of South Carolina (B.A.)
Furman University (M.A.)
Years in NBA: 3
Dennis Williams is in his third season as the Bobcats’ assistant athletic trainer and head equipment manager. In his roles, Williams assists with the team’s medical needs, while also overseeing the purchase and dispersal of equipment.
Prior to joining the Bobcats in July of 2006, Williams spent four years as an athletic trainer at the University of South Carolina with teams including men’s basketball. Before that, he served as head trainer for the Greenville Groove during the inaugural 2001-02 season of the NBA Development League. He also spent time at the collegiate level at North Greenville College in South Carolina and at North Carolina A&T.
Williams is a Certified Athletic Trainer and Performance Enhancement Specialist, and is a member of the National Athletic Trainer Association.
Williams, who received a bachelor’s degree in physical education from the University of South Carolina in 1995 and a Masters from Furman University in 1999, is married to his wife, Dana. They have one son, Robbie.