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Keith Garnett enters his first season as the Men's Basketball athletic trainer at Texas Tech University for head coach Billy Gillispie.
Garnett spent the previous three seasons with the Houston Rockets as Rehabilitation & Performance Coordinator/Assistant Athletic Trainer. He was responsible for daily treatment, care and rehabilitation of players, as well as assisting Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations / Head Athletic Trainer Keith Jones.
Garnett, who assisted the Rockets athletic training staff during the off-season's while serving as head athletic trainer for the Texas Terror/Houston ThunderBears (AFL) from 1996-99, returned to Houston after a year of working as a certified athletic trainer/rehabilitation specialist at St. John's Hospital and the HealthTracks Sports Medicine Center through Missouri State University. During the 2005-06 NBA season, Garnett served as assistant athletic trainer/head equipment manager for the Charlotte Bobcats. Prior to joining the Bobcats, Garnett spent eight years as head athletic trainer/assistant professor at Drury University. Garnett's work experience as an athletic trainer also includes stints with the Springfield-Ozark Mountain Ducks (Texas-Louisiana Baseball League), the Sonoma County Crushers (Western Baseball League), Houston Baptist University and the Kansas City Chiefs (NFL).
After receiving his bachelor's degree in business communications from the University of Oklahoma in 1988, Garnett moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where he worked for American Express, TRS Headquarters as a Statistical Analyst from 1988-92. Garnett went on to earn a master's degree in physical education/exercise and sports science from Central Missouri State University in 1994. Garnett (MS, ATC, LAT, NASM-PES, CES) is a member of several prestigious groups, including the National Athletic Trainers Association, the National Basketball Athletic Trainers Association, the National Academy of Sports Medicine, the National Society of Black Athletic Trainers and serves as Chair of the NATA's Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee.
A native of Denver, Colorado, Garnett and his wife, Karen, have two children, Kelsey and Kalen. Kelsey attends Washington University in St. Louis, MO. and Kalen attends Central High School in Springfield, MO.