Chattanooga native Chad Newman is an associate director with UT’s sports medicine department. The longest-tenured member of Tennessee’s athletic training staff, Newman provides around-the-clock, world-class care exclusively for men’s basketball student-athletes.
In January 2010, the Tennessee Athletic Trainer's Society (TATS) named Newman the Collegiate Athletic Trainer of the Year.
“Chad’s the best,” 2014 NBA Draft pick Jordan McRae said. “He genuinely cares about all of us and always looks out for what’s best for us. He spends a lot of time making sure minor bumps and bruises don’t turn into bigger injuries. Whenever we need him, Chad is always there.”
The 2015-16 academic year will be Newman’s 21st with the UT sports medicine staff and his 20th with the men’s basketball program. During his tenure with the basketball team, the Vols have advanced to postseason play 15 times—including 11 NCAA Tournaments and four NIT berths. Newman has been a part of five NCAA Sweet Sixteen teams, one Elite Eight team and two SEC Championship squads.
He also serves as treasurer of the SEC Sports Medicine Committee after previously serving as vice president for two years.
Chad Newman, along with his wife, Stacey, and their daughters, Katherine and Natalie.
Newman has helped numerous Vols overcome adversity and challenges in recent years. He oversaw the management of Chris Lofton’s successful battle with testicular cancer following Lofton’s junior season. Lofton went on to become the SEC’s all-time 3-point king.
And in September 2009, Newman was instrumental in reviving Tennessee sophomore Emmanuel Negedu after Negedu collapsed following a sudden cardiac arrest. Newman successfully administered the use of an AED and CPR until emergency medical services arrived on-site. For his efforts, he received a “Certificate of Heroism” from the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association and also was named the 2010 Most Distinguished Award recipient by the “Hoops for Heart Health” organization, which was founded by NBA player Ryan Gomes.
When Newman first joined the Tennessee training staff in a full-time role in 1997, he was no stranger to the UT training room, having served as a volunteer student trainer and a graduate assistant before his full-time appointment. During that time, he worked with UT’s football, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s golf and men’s track & field teams, as well as both spirit squads.
He earned his B.S. in Exercise Science from UT in 1994 and completed his master’s in Kinesiology in May 1997. Newman is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Newman currently holds Performance Exercise Specialist (PES) and Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) certifications through the NASM.
In the fall of 2009, Newman authored an article about Lofton’s successful return from cancer entitled “The Toughest Opponent,” that was published in Training & Conditioning Magazine. And in 2010, he gave sudden cardiac arrest case study presentations at the Southeastern Conference Sports Medicine Seminar and the Collegiate Athletic Trainers’ Society Spring Symposium.
Newman is married to the former Stacey Perry. The couple has two daughters, Katherine (12) and Natalie (8).