The Utah Jazz announced yesterday that Bahamian Nixon Dorvilien was added to their training staff and will work closely with the Jazz’s medical and sports science team this upcoming season. In his newly created role, Dorvilien will help the medical staff work on injury prevention methods, athlete recovery and return to optimal performance after injury.
He has been with a number of teams over the last few years, and comes to the Jazz after spending the previous two seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks.
When he first joined the Bucks, Dorvilien was hired as an assistant athletic trainer, but was quickly promoted to head athletic trainer the following season. Prior to his time in Milwaukee, Dorvilien spent two seasons (2012-14) with the Brooklyn Nets as an assistant athletic trainer.
It’s been a long road so far for Dorvilien. He started his career in the National Basketball Association (NBA) back in 2005 as the San Antonio Spurs’ equipment manager and assistant athletic trainer.
He built up a reputation with the Spurs and was a part of the franchise for six years, including their championship season in 2007. Along with working with their main club, Dorvilien also served as the head athletic trainer and strength coach for the Austin Spurs in 2011-12, San Antonio’s D-League affiliate.
That same year, the Spurs won the NBA Development League (D-League) Championship. Dorvilien earned a bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Park University before he earned a master’s degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 2004. Outside of basketball, he served one year as the Texas Tech Red Raiders’ athletic trainer for track and field, and they won the men’s Big 12 Championship.
Dorvilien will be an important asset to the Jazz this season, helping out with their injury woes. The Jazz was plagued with injury problems last season. A number of their key players went down at crucial times, which ultimately kept them out of the postseason. Players who missed substantial time for the Jazz last year include prized draft pick Rudy Gobert, Dante Exum, Derrick Favors and Trey Burke.