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Pacers hire new director of sports performance
Dr. Phil Anloague moves to Indy for a full-time role after spending the last 10 years as a consultant for the Pacers (and other NBA teams).
One of the Indiana Pacers’ surprising offseason changes happened in May to a longtime staff member. They moved on from Shawn Windle, the director of sports performance since 2005. He rounded out the strong medical staff trio with athletic trainers/physical therapists Josh Corbeil and Carl Eaton.
But the Pacers chose to go in a different direction.
And they’ve hired a familiar name to replace him.
Dr. Phil Anloague, who served as a consultant with the team for the past decade, was brought on full-time as the director of performance and sports science, the team announced. His first day in this new role will be on July 28, though he is with the Summer Pacers in Las Vegas.
“It’s bittersweet to leave the University of Dayton & my dear friends & colleagues,” he wrote in a tweet. “I’m excited for this new chapter & grateful for the trust that the Pacers have in me.”
Anloague, who lived in Dayton, also previously consulted with other NBA teams including the Oklahoma City Thunder and Denver Nuggets.
He occasionally traveled with the Pacers too. I distinctly remember him working on Pacers players in the training room at the TD Garden during the 2019 NBA Playoffs. (That was the last time they were in the postseason, non-bubble edition.)
And players sometimes made the two-hour drive east to Dayton for a full assessment by Anloague.
From the team’s official release:
Most recently, Anloague was the associate provost for graduate academic affairs at the University of Dayton (UD), where he has been a faculty member since 2006. His current research focuses on the utility of functional and clinical testing in minimizing injury and maximizing performance in elite athletes. Additionally, he was instrumental in creating a new doctorate in physical therapy – of which he became the chair – in the School of Education and Health Sciences. Anloague also established and staffed the university’s Motion Analysis Lab, which brought research and student learning opportunities to the program in collaboration with Mechanical Engineering.
Anloague was also a consultant for several NBA and Major League Baseball teams, while also holding roles as a clinical specialist and president and CEO of Orion Physical Therapy Specialists and Orion Sports Medicine.
Assistant sports performance coaches Andy Martin, Jason Manikowski and Erik Huddleston will remain on staff with the Pacers.