Sporting Kansas City has welcomed Kurt Andrews to the club’s technical staff to serve as Director of Sports Medicine.
Andrews, a Michigan native, arrives in Kansas City after six seasons as the LA Galaxy’s assistant athletic trainer during which time he was part of two MLS Cup championship teams; while also participating in U.S. Soccer’s Recognize 2 Recover concussion awareness program.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and a Masters of Athletic Training, in addition to certifications from the National Athletic Trainers Association, National Academy of Sports Medicine and EXOS among other national organizations (FMS Level 1 &2, SMFA Level 1, Graston, FRC, BFR, and Dry Needling). As a member of the Professional Soccer Athletic Trainers Society, Andrews has assumed leadership positions as a Western Conference Senator and representative on the MLS Research Committee, Sponsorship Committee and Continuing Education Committee. He is also an author for the BOC Blog as a member of their writing committee.
Andrews oversees the team’s staff of sports medicine experts, which includes the following individuals responsible for the daily health and well-being of Sporting Kansas City players:
Chris Wolbert, Team Physical Therapist
Satoshi Iida, Assistant Athletic Trainer
Jake Brownback, Assistant Athletic Trainer
Amy Dirks, Sports Dietitian
Khalid Jones, Massage Therapist
Ulises Lagunas, SKC Academy Athletic Trainer
Isaac Gomez, SKC Academy Athletic Trainer
In addition, Andrews works directly with Scott Luallin (chief medical officer), Neal Erickson (physician), Kirk McCullough (orthopedic surgeon), and Mike Khadavi (physician) for the comprehensive medical care of players on the rosters of Sporting Kansas City, Swope Park Rangers and Sporting KC Academy.
Andrews is based at Pinnacle, Sporting Kansas City’s new world-class training facility, where he is closely integrated with longtime club employee Chet North in his role as Director of the Sports Performance Lab and Medical Research, as well as the team of professionals inside the Children’s Mercy Sports Medicine Center
Satoshi Iida, MAT, LAT, ATC, PES, CES
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Satoshi Iida, a native of Tokyo, Japan, enters his second season with Sporting Kansas City as the assistant athletic trainer.
He graduated from Waseda University in Japan with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Science with an emphasis in Athletic Training. Following his graduation from Waseda University, he moved to the United States and spent time as an athletic training student intern at Stanford University, where he primarily worked with the Stanford Cardinal Football program. He earned his Master of Athletic Training from the University of Arkansas in 2016. During his two years at the University of Arkansas, he worked for Razorback Football, Razorback Track and Field, Razorback Baseball and Bentonville High School as an athletic training student. He has also completed summer internships with Sporting Kansas City and the Los Angeles Rams (Formerly St. Louis Rams) in 2015.
Iida is a certified athletic trainer in both the United States and Japan. In addition to the athletic training certifications from the National Athletic Trainers Association and Japan Sports Association, he is also recognized as a Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) and Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He also has completed a comprehensive list of continuing education courses (Graston Technique, FRC, PRI, DNS and Dry Needling).
Jake Brownback, MS, ATC, LMT
Born and raised in Kansas City, Jake Brownback is in his 5th season as Sporting Kansas City’s Assistant Athletic Trainer.
Brownback began his Athletic Training career as an intern with Sporting Kansas City after attending the University of Kansas in 2012. While at the University of Kansas, Brownback obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training, followed by his Master’s in Health and Physical Education/Fitness from Emporia State University and is a Licensed Massage Therapist. Currently, Jake oversees the Swope Park Rangers, Sporting Kansas City’s affiliate USL team.
Brownback has been a member of Professional Soccer Athletic Training Society for 4 years and a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association since 2012.
Brownback has completed his PRI, Dry Needling, Graston Technique, DNS, and FMT Blades and continues his commitment to continuing education courses.