Sights And Sounds: USA World Cup Qualifying Team 78, Panama 48
Comprised of a mix of returning veterans, with a combined 23 Olympic and World Cup gold medals and an overall 669-39 (.945) winning record in USA Basketball games played, the 2018 USA Basketball Women’s World Cup Team was finalized ahead of the Sept. 22-30 FIBA World Cup in Tenerife, Spain.
The 2018 USA Basketball Women’s National Team earned a hard-fought, unofficial 70-60 scrimmage win over Australia on Wednesday afternoon in Tenerife, Canary Islands.
Dr. Ed Lacerte is a co-founder of ProSports Therapy, Inc., a leading orthopedic outpatient physical therapy clinics in Massachusetts, and was the Boston Celtics head athletic trainer and pysical therapist for 30 seasons. He is the longest-tenured athletic trainer in the history of the Celtics.
Lacerte is a registered physical therapist, certified and licensed athletic trainer, a certified strength & conditioning specialist and performance enhancement specialist. He is recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association as a Sports Clinical Specialist and also acknowledged as an International Sports Physical Therapist. He also served as the Celtics’ strength and conditioning coach for eight seasons.
He served as the treasurer of the National Basketball Association Trainer’s Association (NBATA) from 1988-2017 and was a member of the NBA Sports Science Committee. Lacerte was honored as the Joe O’Toole NBA Athletic Trainer of the Year in 1993, 2012 and 2015. As recognition for his exceptional service and dedication to the NBATA, Lacerte was honored as the first recipient of the Ed Lacerte Service Award in July 2009. The award was named in his honor for his contributions and assistance to the NBATA.
A native of Lowell, Mass., Lacerte attended Boston University earning his Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and Masters in Education. He also has a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. He was the head athletic trainer for the Boston University hockey and football teams from 1982 through 1985. Lacerte was employed in a physical therapy clinic and was an athletic trainer on the interscholastic level before his selection by the Boston Celtics in August 1987.
Lacerte was an athletic trainer and physical therapist for three U.S. Olympic Sports Festivals (1987, 1989 and 1990), the 1991 USA Basketball Junior World Championship Team, the 1994 World Cup, and the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Gymnastic Trials in Boston. Lacerte’s Olympic involvement began with the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics at the Boston venue for soccer. His Olympic experience culminated during the 1992 Olympic Games when he served as the athletic trainer for the U.S. Olympic gold medal-winning basketball “Dream Team” in Barcelona, Spain. Additionally, he was an athletic trainer at three NBA All-Star Games (1998, 2000 and 2010).
Most recently, Lacerte served as the athletic trainer for USA Basketball Men's World Cup Qualifying Teams for the November 2017, February 2018 and June/July 2018 competitions.
Lacerte has been inducted into the Central Catholic High School (Larence, Mass.) Athletic Hall of Fame and in 2015 was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame. Ed and his wife, Maureen, have five children: Devin, Taylor, Arianna, Graham and Thea. The family lives in Westford, Mass.