DALLAS -- Dallas Mavericks assistant trainer Dionne Calhoun received a major honor Thursday when he captured the David Craig Assistant Trainer of the Year Award.
The annual award is handed out by the National Basketball Athletic Trainers Association and recognizes Calhoun's dedication, performance and outstanding service.
Calhoun worked two years for the San Francisco 49ers and just finished his eighth year with the Mavs.
A native of Compton, Calif., Calhoun received a bachelor's degree from San Diego State in kinesiology -- with an emphasis in athletic training -- in 2000. He also is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association, the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and the National Basketball Athletic Trainers' Association, and is licensed as an athletic trainer in the state of Texas.
"While there are many qualified candidates for this award, we are very proud of Dionne and feel it is completely deserved,'' said Casey Smith, the Mavs' head athletic trainer. "His contributions to the organization are appreciated by those of us who work closely with him every day, but for those outside of our organization to recognize him is truly special.''
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