David H. Craig
Delta Delta 1970
Election Date: 2019
David Craig is highly regarded for his work as an athletic trainer and is well-known for his long tenure with the Indiana Pacers and USA Basketball. David has played a role in many philanthropic organizations and is an advisory board member of the Dropping Dimes Foundation, which benefits American Basketball Association players in need of financial or medical assistance.
David was inducted into the National Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame, and the National Basketball Athletic Trainers Association named its annual assistant trainer award the David Craig Assistant Athletic Trainer Award.
For 38 years David Craig ‘69 built a remarkable career working in the NBA’s Indiana Pacers organization as Head Athletic Trainer, Team Administrator and Assistant to the President. In semi-retirement David continues to do consulting work for athletic staffs around the country. He has maintained his license to practice in the state of Indiana and is certified by the national Board of Certification that credentials athletic trainers.
Brother Craig was inducted into the National Athletic Trainer’s Association Hall of Fame in 2016. He has also been honored with the Purdue University Health & Human Sciences Distinguished Service Award, received the “Doc” Counsilman Science Award for USA Basketball, and selected for the state of Indiana’s highest service award, the Sagamore of the Wabash.
In 2010 the NBATA established an annual award to honor an assistant athletic trainer of the year as “The David Craig Assistant Athletic Trainer Award”. Dave has also been named NBA Athletic Trainer of the Year, served as the NBA’s Eastern Conference All-Star Athletic Trainer in 1984, 1985 and 1996, and is part of the Indiana Pacer’s Wall of Fame.
Along with David’s work in the NBA, he has also been the U.S. Men’s Basketball Team Head Athletic Trainer during the 2004 Olympics held in Athens, Greece. He has also served as an athletic trainer for USA Basketball’s U17 and U16 teams. Over the past 35 years David has been a volunteer athletic trainer for USA basketball, track & field, gymnastics and football.
Inspiring the Next Generation
David Craig has worked with various charities in support of ABA players, the Dyslexia Institute of Indiana, children attending Camptown, the Pacer’s student athletic trainer workshop, and the Linda Craig Athletic Trainers Scholarship Fund.