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Trail Blazers Trainer Geoff Clark Named NBA Trainer of the Year

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A member of Portland's staff wins a major award.

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The Portland Trail Blazers have announced that Head Trainer Geoff Clark has been named the 2014-15 NBA Athletic Trainer of the Year.

The press release:

PORTLAND, Ore. (April 1, 2015) - Portland Trail Blazers Head Trainer Geoff Clark has been named the 2014-15 winner of the Joel O'Toole Award, recognizing Clark as the NBA Athletic Training of the Year.

The award honors one NBA athletic trainer each year for exemplary achievement and outstanding service to the NBA Trainer's Association.

"Geoff's professionalism and dedication to the Trail Blazers and NBATA embodies the spirit of this award," said Minnesota Timberwolves Head Trainer and NBATA Chairman Gregg Farnam. "We are honored to have Geoff as a fellow colleague."

The 2014-15 season is Clark's 16th with the Trail Blazers. His background includes four seasons within the Los Angeles Dodgers minor league system and eight years in outpatient physical therapy where he also worked with the CBA's Yakima Sun Kings. Clark is NATA Board Certified as an Athletic Trainer, holds NASM credentials in Performance Enhancement and Corrective Exercise, and is certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the NSCA.

A native of Salem, Ore., and Oregon State graduate, Clark was the recipient of the CBA Athletic Trainer of the Year award in 1995, served at the 1996 Centennial Olympics in Atlanta, and was a member of the 1997 USA Men's Basketball gold medal-winning team at the Tournament of the Americas. Clark was also part of the medical staff at the 2012 NBA All-Star Game.

The award is named after Joe O'Toole, a longtime former head athletic trainer for the Atlanta Hawks who is regarded as the father of the NBA Trainer's Association.