One of the biggest changes for the Atlanta Hawks this off season is the turnover in their training department. The team parted ways with longtime training Wally Blase and strength and conditioning coach Pete Radulovic earlier this summer. Today we learned what their revamped training department will look like.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the team has hired Keke Lyles as executive director, Michael Roncarati as director of rehabilitation and Art Horne as head trainer. The report also indicates that the franchise intends to hire a strength and conditioning coach at a later time.
Lyles was with the Golden State Warriors for the previous two seasons and is a former strength and conditioning coach of the Timberwolves and the Pacers. Roncarati also comes over from the Warriors where he served as their strength and conditioning coach last season. Art Horne was most recently the director of sports performance at Northeastern University. Both Lyles and Roncarati are graduates of Northeastern. The team has yet to officially announce the moves.
The training staff is the latest basketball related department to be remade under the franchise's new ownership. The basketball front office was reconfigured earlier this summer with the promotions for Mike Budenholzer and Wes Wilcox along with the hiring of Michael Blackstone, John Treloar and Malik Rose to front office positions.