Timberwolves Front Office and Basketball Operations Staff
On March 23, 1995, Glen Taylor closed the deal that made him majority owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves. He added the title of NBA owner to a list that already included international businessman, state senator, entrepreneur, philanthropist and executive of the year.
Glen Taylor is chairman and CEO of the multinational Taylor Corporation, based in Mankato, Minn. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato. During this period, he worked part time at Carlson Wedding Service, a print shop specializing in formal invitations. After graduation he continued to work at the company, developing strategies to cut delivery time, improve service and expand offerings. Taylor purchased the company in 1975, assembled a passionate leadership team and dramatically expanded the firm’s capabilities, growing it into one of the largest privately held companies in the United States. Today Taylor Corporation, based in North Mankato, includes more than 70 subsidiaries providing business and personal communications products, technologies and marketing services. Other enterprises owned by Glen are in securities, agricultural, and medical fields.
He continued his education at the Harvard Graduate School of Business. In 1997, Mankato State University awarded Taylor their first honorary doctorate. Taylor received the degree of Honorary Doctor of Laws for his distinguished professional career and volunteer service. In October 2001, Taylor was inducted into the Minnesota State University, Mankato Hall of Distinction.
Taylor’s business savvy has been recognized by Corporate Report magazine, which honored him as its Executive of the Year (1987), and the Sales and Marketing Executives of Minneapolis/St. Paul, who awarded him with their Sales Executive of the Year Award (1999). He was also inducted into the Minnesota Hall of Fame (2002) by Twin Cities Monthly Magazine.
Taylor was elected to the Minnesota Senate in 1980, where he served until 1990. He became assistant Senate minority leader in 1982. From 1984 to 1986, he served as Senate minority leader. While in the Senate, Taylor was instrumental in providing leadership in the areas of higher education, child care and economic development policies.
He has served on the NBA Planning Committee and has been Chairman of the Audit Committee. In October of 2008, Taylor was named Chairman of the NBA's Board of Governors.
Through personal involvement, Taylor has remained active in many community, civic and charitable causes. He has also has served on his church’s board of deacons and board of trustees and on the Mankato State University Foundation board of directors.
Taylor and his family have provided financial assistance and participated in missions to Africa, Turkey, Egypt and Central America to support the Starkey Hearing Foundation and Common Hope.
Nationally, Taylor has provided expert testimony on business and childcare issues to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and served as a committee chair on the 1991 Commission on Reform and Efficiency (CORE).
Taylor and his wife, Becky, live in Mankato. Their children and grandchildren enjoy attending many of the Timberwolves games.
WILLIAM F. BIEBER - Chairman of ATEK Companies, Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Bieber resides in Minnetonka, Minnesota.
JOHN BOLLERO - A retired commodity trader. A native of Decatur, Illinois, now resides in Palm Beach, Florida and Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
RALPH W. BURNET - Chairman of Coldwell Banker Burnet, Edina, Minnesota, and Owner and Chairman of RWB Hospitality LLC. Burnet resides in his hometown of Wayzata, Minnesota.
R. WYNN KEARNEY, JR. - Kearney is a retired orthopedic surgeon who resides in Mankato, Minnesota, his hometown.
TERI E. POPP - President of Minnesota Military Family Tribute and retired attorney residing in Orono, Minnesota.
WILLIAM J. (BILL) POPP - Owner/President of POPP Communications, Golden Valley, Minnesota. A native of Minneapolis, Popp resides in Orono, Minnesota.
PHIL “FLIP” SAUNDERS FAMILY
JOYCE SEXTON - President of Sexton Family Foundation. Sexton resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. WILLIAM SEXTON - Retired President/Owner of Old Northwest Company. Sexton resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Chief Executive Officer
Rob Moor became chief executive officer of the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2004 following 10 years as the Team’s President. After assisting Glen Taylor in the purchase and reorganization of the Team, Moor was involved in securing a WNBA Franchise in 1998 with the goal of providing year-round men’s and women’s professional basketball in Minnesota. From 2004 to 2007 Moor managed Target Center building operations as well as both the Timberwolves and Lynx franchises, and is currently working closely with the city of Minneapolis to remodel the arena to be a modern state-of-the-art NBA and WNBA arena.
Under Moor’s guidance the Franchise operates with organizational guiding principles which focus on six values: “To Play Hard, Play Together, Play with Passion, Think Innovatively, Have Fun and Be a Pro.”
In a career that began in the film industry at MGM Studios in Culver City, Calif., Moor was involved in the merger with United Artists and the subsequent sale of the studio to Ted Turner. Following MGM, Moor worked for Turner Entertainment several years before moving to 20th Century Fox. While at Fox, Moor had the opportunity to join the National Hockey League’s Los Angeles Kings, where he transitioned his entertainment career to sports. Moor worked with the Kings for seven years before moving to Minnesota to lead the Timberwolves.
In addition to being the chair of Meet Minneapolis Convention and Visitors Association, Moor enjoys volunteering and working with community organizations. Born in Geneva, Switzerland, Moor lived in Europe until he moved to the United States in 1966. Moor currently resides in Plymouth, Minn.
This season will be Chris Wright’s 25th year with the Timberwolves organization and 12th as the team’s president. Wright is responsible for the day-to-day business operations of the team.
He leads a senior management group that is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the business operations of the franchise. By developing a culture driven by the values of thinking innovatively, playing hard, playing together, playing with passion and having fun, Wright and his senior management team are integrating the business and basketball operations to meet the strategic and financial goals of the team.
As president, Wright also articulates the purpose for the organization, the teams “why”, which is to Be A Pack and to Believe, Inspire and Unite our fans. He believes this can be achieved with unparalleled customer service and by connecting with and engaging in our community in hundreds of different ways; whether coming to the arena, watching a game on television, purchasing a ticket online, or meeting players and staff in the community, Timberwolves fans know that they are the sole focus of the organization’s efforts.
Wright believes that by developing experiences that emphasize being entertaining, captivating, thrilling, inclusive and tribal in all we do, that the Timberwolves will have the ability to achieve great things. He believes in hiring a staff that lives the company core values, who are incredible brand ambassadors who strive to create memorable moments for our key stakeholders every day.
A native of England, Wright came to the United States in 1978. Prior to joining the Timberwolves, he spent three years working for the state of Minnesota, first as a consultant working on bids for major national and international events, including the programming of the $17.4 million National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn. Prior to that, Wright also served as general manager for two Major Indoor Soccer League Teams, the Pittsburgh Spirit (1981-86) and the Minnesota Strikers (1986-87).
Wright, who graduated from Carnegie College of Physical Education in Headingly, Leeds, Yorkshire, England, is very involved in and consults with many local charities and youth sports programs. He was elected to and serves on the advisory board of the Minnesota State University Sports Management Program. He resides in Eden Prairie, MN, with his wife Walla and daughter Christy. Wright also has two sons Jeff and Ned and daughters-in-law Amy and Laura and grandson Brennan.
President of Basketball Operations and Head Coach
Tom Thibodeau (pronounced Thib-uh-DOE) was named the President of Basketball Operations and Head Coach of the Timberwolves on April 20, 2016, becoming the 12th head coach in franchise history. This is Thibodeau’s second stint with the Timberwolves, originally beginning his NBA career in Minnesota as an assistant under Bill Musselman from 1989-91.
A veteran of 25 seasons along the NBA sidelines, Thibodeau’s teams have advanced to the postseason in 19 seasons, including three trips to the NBA Finals (1999, 2008, 2010). Before returning to Minnesota, Thibodeau served as the head coach of the Chicago Bulls from 2010-15. Under his tutelage, the Bulls won at least 45 games and reached the playoffs in all five seasons, including holding the best record in the NBA in each of his first two seasons (2010-12). Thibodeau is one of two coaches in NBA history (Kerr) to accomplish the feat. His .647 winning percentage as head coach ranks seventh in NBA history (min. 200 games).
In his first season in Chicago, Thibodeau directed the Bulls to 62 wins in the 2010-11 season, becoming one of four coaches (Paul Westphal, Bill Russell, Steve Kerr) in NBA history to win 60 or more games in his first year as head coach. The Bulls 62 wins marked a 21-win improvement from the team’s 41-41 record the season before, the third-best single-season turnaround in club history. Thibodeau was named the 2010-11 Coach of the Year following the season.
Known as an elite defensive mind, Thibodeau’s teams have ranked in the top two in the league in defensive field goal percentage in nine of his last 12 seasons. In his five seasons with Chicago, the Bulls’ defense ranked in the top three in both points allowed and defensive field goal percentage four times, including allowing a franchise-low 88.2 points per game in 2011-12 (the fewest points allowed in the NBA since 2004).
In the summer of 2013, he was named to Mike Krzyzewski’s staff as an assistant coach for the USA Basketball Men’s National Team and in 2014 the team went on to win the gold medal at the FIBA Basketball World Cup. Thibodeau will accompany the team at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August 2016.
Before joining the Bulls, Thibodeau served as associate head coach of the Boston Celtics from 2007-10, a stretch that saw the Celtics reach the NBA Finals twice and win the 2008 NBA Championship. In 2007-08, his first year with the Celtics, Boston held its opponents to 90.3 ppg, an improvement of 8.9 ppg from the previous season, and limited its foes to an NBA-low .419 field goal percentage, down from .468 the year before. During Boston’s 2008 playoff run that culminated in the franchise’s NBA-record 17th world championship, the Celtics held the Los Angeles Lakers to 93.8 ppg and .441 field-goal percentage in the NBA Finals (L.A. averaged 102.4 ppg and shot .468 from the field in the 2008 Playoffs).
Thibodeau began his NBA career as an assistant coach under Bill Musselman with the Timberwolves from 1989-91, while also serving as an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs (1992-94), Philadelphia 76ers (1994-96), New York Knicks (1996-2003) and Houston Rockets (2003-07). He also spent the 1991-92 season as an advance scout for the Seattle SuperSonics. Before joining the NBA’s coaching ranks, Thibodeau coached at Salem State University (1981-85) and Harvard University (1985-89).
During his 25-year career, Thibodeau has coached under Bill Musselman, Jerry Tarkanian, John Lucas, Jeff Van Gundy, Don Chaney and Doc Rivers, while coaching players including Kevin Garnett, David Robinson, Patrick Ewing, Tracy McGrady, Yao Ming, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, Luol Deng, Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah.
Thibodeau, 58, was born in New Britain, Conn., on Jan. 17, 1958. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Counseling from Salem State University (Salem, Mass.), where he was a four-year letter winner in basketball. Thibodeau was team captain his senior season, and a member of back-to-back MASCAC Conference Champion squads in 1980 and 1981 (the first two basketball teams in school history to qualify for the Division III NCAA Tournament). He was inducted into the New Britain Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.
Scott Layden is entering his first season with the Timberwolves as General Manager, joining alongside President of Basketball Operations and Head Coach Tom Thibodeau on April 20, 2016. In his role, Layden will assist Thibodeau in the evaluation and acquisition of players and in the overall management of all basketball operations for the Wolves.
Layden has more than 30 years of experience in the NBA, including spending four seasons prior to joining Minnesota as assistant general manager of the San Antonio Spurs under R.C. Buford and Gregg Popovich. Before joining the Spurs, Layden spent seven seasons with the Utah Jazz as an assistant coach, his second stint with the Jazz.
He began his professional career in 1980, serving as an assistant coach at Fairleigh Dickinson University before making the move to the NBA as an administrative assistant and scout with the Jazz in 1981. In 1982 he was elevated to assistant coach under his father, Frank Layden, a position he held until being named director of player personnel in 1989. He was promoted to director of basketball operations in 1992 and vice president in 1996.
From 1992-99, Layden was primarily responsible for all player personnel, draft and trade decisions. The Jazz recorded five straight 50+ win seasons (including three 60+ win campaigns), two Midwest Division titles (1996-97 and 1997-98) and back-to-back Western Conference Championships in 1997 and 1998. He finished as runner up (to the Lakers’ Jerry West) for The Sporting News NBA Executive of the Year award in 1994-95, a season in which the Jazz went 60-22.
In the summer of 1999, Layden was named general manager of the New York Knicks before being promoted to team president a year-and-a-half later. In his four-plus seasons in New York, the Knicks made the playoffs twice, advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2000.
Before re-joining the Jazz in 2005, he worked with NBA TV for part of the 2003-04 and entirety of 2004-05 NBA seasons.
An upstate New York prep standout, Layden went on to play collegiately for St. Francis University, where he was a four-year letterman and captained the team in his senior year of 1979-80. He graduated with a degree in business management.
Layden has led camps in Israel in conjunction with PeacePlayers International, a program that uses basketball to teach children proven tactics for improving their communities. He has also worked basketball camps for both the NBA and Adidas in China, Brazil and Europe.
Layden and his wife, Marsha, have four daughters: Sarah, Hannah, Mary Frances and Emma Grace.
Ryan Saunders is entering his second season as an assistant coach with the Timberwolves coaching staff.
A University of Minnesota graduate, Saunders spent the last five seasons as an assistant with the Washington Wizards. In Washington, he was instrumental in assisting with the preparation for upcoming opponents with extensive scouting reports and statistical analysis. Prior to his time with the Wizards, Saunders was as an assistant for a season on Tubby Smith's staff at the University of Minnesota, where he helped lead the Golden Gophers to an NCAA tournament appearance. In addition to his on-court work, Saunders helped players with their academic and social development off the court.
Before moving to the sidelines, Saunders played four seasons at Minnesota, where he was a two-time team captain, four-time scholar athlete award winner and 2006 Big Ten All-Academic selection. He earned his bachelor’s degree in sport management and is currently pursuing his master’s degree in applied kinesiology.
As well as his coaching experience, Saunders brings an analytical background to the Wolves coaching staff. He is the co-founder of an in-game analytical program, Gametime Concepts, which focuses on in-game analysis and statistical probabilities. Gametime Concepts is used by a number of NBA and NCAA teams.
David Adelman is entering his fourth year with the Timberwolves and second as assistant coach. Adelman previously served as a player development coach on his father, Rick Adelman's staff, in Minnesota. Prior to his stint with the Timberwolves, Adelman spent the prior five seasons as head basketball coach at Lincoln High School in Portland, Ore.
Adelman went 83-53 in five seasons at Lincoln, leading the Cardinals to Portland Interscholastic district championships in the 2006-07, 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons, while also reaching the Oregon Class 6A state championship final in 2009.
Prior to coaching at Lincoln, Adelman was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Jesuit High School in Portland, from 2001-06, helping the team win a state title in 2005. As a player, Adelman helped Jesuit win a state championship in 1999.
Adelman, 33, attended the University of Portland before joining the Jesuit staff. He is in the process of finishing a degree in history from Portland State. Adelman and his wife, Jenny, have one son: Leonard Joseph (L.J.).
Director of Player Personnel
R.J. Adelman completed his third year with the Timberwolves after spending the previous four seasons on his father's staff in Houston. He is involved with evaluating players throughout the NBA, working with the coaching staff on game preparation and planning, and overseeing the team's statistical evaluation and analysis. Adelman also oversees the team's advance scouts and video department.
Before joining the Rockets, Adelman worked as an NBA advance scout for the Seattle SuperSonics. He also served five years as a scout for the Sacramento Kings, including the final three seasons as assistant video coordinator in the Basketball Operations Department.
He joined Maloof Sports and Entertainment after practicing law in Portland, Oregon, working in private practice and as a real estate lawyer for GMAC Mortgage.
Adelman was a four-year letterman in basketball at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, which won the NAIA Division II National Championship in 1993. After completing his bachelor’s degree in political science from Willamette in 1995, Adelman earned his law degree from the University of Oregon in 2001.
Director of International Player Personnel/Scout
Zarko Durisic completed his 18th season with the Timberwolves organization where he heads up the team's international scouting efforts. He previously held positions with the Wolves as director of college and international player personnel, director of player personnel and head scout.
A native of Montenegro (part of the former Yugoslavia), Durisic played for the national teams of Yugoslavia at all levels (cadets, juniors and seniors). He came to the United States in 1980 and attended Wichita State University where he played with former NBA players Xavier McDaniel, Cliff Livingston and Antoine Carr. Durisic was a member of two NCAA tournament qualifiers. After graduation from Wichita State in 1984 with a degree in computer science, Durisic played professionally for 11 seasons in Slovenia, where his teams won six Slovenian national titles.
Following his playing career, Durisic coached in Slovenia where he won one national title. His 1995-96 squad included future NBA players Rasho Nesterovic and Vladimir Stepania.
Durisic and his wife, Tatjana, have two daughters: Jelena and Aleksandra.
Director of Player Programs/Scout
Calvin Booth completed his first season with the Timberwolves as Director of Player Programs. In this role as Director of Player Programs, Booth cultivates one-on-one relationships with Wolves players, provides guidance to help them develop life skills, both professionally and socially, and assists in planning for life after basketball. Booth also serves as a player personnel scout.
Booth enjoyed a 10-year NBA playing career (1999 - 2009) with the Washington Wizards, Dallas Mavericks, Seattle Sonics, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, Timberwolves and Sacramento Kings. In 366 career games, 83 starts, the 6-11 forward/center averaged 3.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game. Booth played in one game for the Wolves in the 2008-09 season after being acquired in a trade with Philadelphia in the summer of 2008. Booth appeared in seven games for Sacramento in the 2008-09 season before retiring in the summer of 2009. He most recently served as a scout, both pro and collegiate, with the New Orleans Hornets last season.
Booth, a native of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, played college basketball at Penn State from 1995-99 and was Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year as a junior and All-Big Ten Second Team as a senior.
Calvin and his wife, Keisha, and their daughters, Carter (9) and Camble (3), and sons, Carey (8) and Clarke(born June 2013), reside in Minneapolis.
Manager of Team Services
Kaayla Chones completed her first season with the Timberwolves staff as Manager of Team Operations. In her role she handles the day-to-day activities of the basketball department, including serving as a liaison between the business department and basketball operations, carrying out NBA initiatives, and coordinating all individual business travel needs. She also assists the players with personal, professional and social development and help new players and their families with relocation and integration into the community.
Chones, the daughter of former NBA player Jim Chones, spent three seasons (2004-06) in the WNBA, playing for the Washington Mystics and Seattle Storm. In 28 career games she averaged 1.5 points and 0.8 rebounds. Chones spent the last eight years playing professionally overseas in six different countries, including the 2012-13 season in Israel where she won a league championship with Elitzur Ramla.
During the summer, Chones served as the Director of Programs for The Chones Camps for the last 11 years (2002-13). The program offers basketball camps and literacy programs with the county libraries to children all over northeast Ohio.
A native of Pepper Pike, Ohio, Chones played college basketball at North Carolina State from 1999-2004 and was a First Team All-ACC selection as a senior.
Clayton Wilson completed his 25th season associated with the Minnesota Timberwolves, and his 22nd as the team’s Equipment Manager. Wilson started with the organization working game nights for the Wolves during the team’s inaugural 1989-90 season at the Metrodome, before becoming the equipment manager during the 1992-93 campaign.
In his role, Wilson’s duties include managing all of the team’s equipment and uniform-related matters, both at home and on the road; setting up team practices on the road; and overseeing the Wolves practice facility inside Target Center.
Wilson brings over 40 seasons of sports experience to the position, having started his career in professional sports with Major League Baseball’s Minnesota Twins as a bat boy. During this time, he was on the field as the Twins captured their two World Series Championships (1987 and 1991). Recently, Wilson was invited to dust off his bat boy uniform and return to the diamond for the Twins Old Timer’s game as part of the team’s 50th Anniversary Season celebration.
Wilson lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Amanda, and their children: Jack and Anna.
TEAM MEDICAL STAFF
Sheldon Burns, M.D.
Vice President, Team Medical Services
Dr. Sheldon Burns just completed his 26th season as the Timberwolves’ medical director, and his seventh as Vice
President, Team Medical Services. A doctor at Edina Family Physicians, Burns is a Board Certi ed Specialist in
Family Practice, Emergency Medicine and Sports Medicine. His duties with the Timberwolves include serving as
team physician, coordinating medical care and assisting in other club medical matters.
For his work with numerous NBA teams, Burns was named the National Basketball Trainers Association 2005 NBA
Physician of the Year. Burns is also the team physician for the National Football League’s Minnesota Vikings and
Medical Director for the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx and the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild. He has been
the team physician on four Gold Medal teams in three different Olympic Games, including the Men’s and Women’s
USA Basketball Teams in Beijing in 2008. He was also the head physician for the U.S. team in the World University
Games in Bangkok, Thailand in 2007. Additionally, he has served as tournament physician for the Minnesota State
High School League. He has been a Deputy Medical Commissioner of the International Olympic Committee and has
worked in various roles in 10 Olympic Games.
Burns, a native of Grand Meadow, Minn., and a summer resident of Nisswa, Minn., received his undergraduate
degree from Hamline University and earned his medical degree in 1974 from the University of Minnesota Medical
School. He resides in Edina and has two children, Alicen and Evan, who live in Minneapolis.
Diane Dahm, M.D.
Minnesota Timberwolves Orthopedic Surgeon
Diane Dahm is in her 16th year of practice at the Mayo Clinic, where she is a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery. She is
an author of two books on Sports Conditioning and Fitness, and has published over 100 research articles and book
chapters on various Orthopedic and Sports Medicine-related topics. Dr. Dahm’s work in sports medicine began as an
undergraduate student athletic trainer at Wake Forest University. She then graduated from the University of Virginia
Medical School and went on to an Orthopedic Surgery Residency at the Mayo Clinic. Before joining the Mayo Clinic
staff in 1998, she spent a year in Minneapolis as a sports medicine fellow at the Minneapolis Sports Medicine Center.
During her time at Mayo, Dr. Dahm has served as a team physician for the Rochester Skeeters IBA basketball team,
the Minnesota Chill Professional volleyball team, and, most recently, the Minnesota Twins Major League Baseball
team. She has traveled as a team physician with the 2012 USA Basketball Men’s U-17 World Championship Team
and with the USA Basketball Women’s National Team during their 2012 pre-Olympic training.
Dr. Dahm resides in Byron, MN with her husband Jay Smith and her two sons, Jett and Miles.
Gregg Farnam completed his 17th season with the Timberwolves, his 14th as the team’s head athletic trainer and his first as Director of Medical Operations.
Farnam is responsible for all aspects of the Wolves’ training room operations, including monitoring each player's physical condition and assessing/treating injuries.
During the offseason, Farnam regularly provides training services for USA Basketball and other NBA initiatives. He served as the athletic trainer for the United States Men’s U19 team that brought home the silver medal at the 2007 FIBA World Championships in Nova Sad, Serbia, in July 2007, as well as the gold-medal-winning United States men’s basketball team at the Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia, in September 2001. Most recently he served as the athletic trainer for the 2012 U.S. Select Team. He also provided medical coverage for the women's volleyball team at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., in July 2003.
Additionally, Farnam served as the trainer for USA Basketball's National Team Mini Camp in Las Vegas during the summer of 2010, before traveling to Singapore as the head trainer for the NBA’s Basketball without Borders Asia contingent. The group, which included former Wolves guard/forward Corey Brewer, worked with local players to promote the game and encourage positive social change in the areas of education, health and wellness, with an emphasis on HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention.
Farnam graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports medicine from St. Cloud State University and has a master’s degree in exercise science and health promotions from California University of Pennsylvania. He is a certified member of the National Trainers Association, the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Farnam and his wife, Tiffany, along with their sons, Nolan and Maximilian, and daughters, Mae, Ella and Clare, reside in Rogers, Minn
Assistant Athletic Trainer/Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach
Dave Crewe recently completed his sixth season with the team, first as Assistant Athletic Trainer and Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach. Prior to his promotion this past season, Crewe had spent the prior three seasons as Assistant Athletic Trainer and Assistant of Sports Performance. In his position, Crewe is responsible for assisting in daily treatment and rehabilitation of the players, and working with the strength and director of sports performance on program development. Additionally, Crewe overseas all medical responsibilities associated with the team’s summer league entry and pre-draft workouts.
As well as his team responsibilities, Crewe was recently nominated and elected by the National Basketball Athletic Trainers’ Association as a Western Conference Assistant Athletic Trainer Representative. The two-year Executive Board position focuses on providing education and conducting basketball-related sports medicine research to benefit NBA athletes, the NBATA and their communities. Crewe was also recently selected to serve on the Communications committee for the National Basketball Strength and Conditioning Association. The committee assists in the management of the NBSCA website, Social Media Platforms and Con-Ed Conference Marketing, which provides an avenue for aspiring performance coaches to reach out to the ‘pros’ and ask questions/debate items relating to the profession. In addition, he is currently contributing to research and development for NBA 2K17.
Prior to his time with the Timberwolves, Crewe spent three years with the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs, working in the team’s athletic training department.
Crewe received his bachelor's degree in Exercise Sports Science - Athletic Training in 2008 from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. The Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, native obtained his masters degree in Rehabilitative Sciences from California University of Pennsylvania.
Crewe resides in Minneapolis.
NBATA (National Basketball Athletic Trainers’ Association)
NATA (National Athletic Trainers’ Association)
NBSCA (National Basketball Strength and Conditioning Association)
NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association)
CSCS - Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine): Performance Enhancement Specialist; Corrective Exercise Specialist
Director of Athletic Therapy
Mark Kyger completed his first season on the Wolves athletic training staff as the team's Director of Athletic Therapy. Kyger plays an integral role in the health care of the Timberwolves players. Kyger comes to the Wolves from Arizona State University where he was the Sun Devils' Rehabilitation Coordinator, providing physical therapy and athletic training for athletes in the school's 21 varsity sports since 2007. Prior to that, Kyger was employed by Physiotherapy Associates in Tempe, Ariz., from 2005-07 where he specialized in sports therapy.
Kyger received an undergraduate degree in Human Performance and Wellness from Mesa State College and received a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Regis University Ruekert-Hartman School for Health Care Professions. He also is a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist from the Ola Grimsby Institute. Kyger is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, National Athletic Trainers' Association, National Strength and Conditioning Association and is a Corrective Exercise Specialist/Performance Enhancement Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
A native of Greeley, Colorado, Kyger played college basketball at Mesa State, earning four letters and serving as the team's co-captain in 2000-01. Kyger and his wife, Melinda, have one son, Kayden (born in 2014) and two daughters, Lexie (4) and Kayla (1).