Tyson Pace was named Real Salt Lake’s Head Athletic Trainer in 2011 after three seasons as the squad’s Assistant Athletic Trainer via a partnership with Utah Sports Med. After working with the squad throughout 2008, the bilingual Pace was quickly embraced inside the locker room as a key figure regarding the team’s daily fitness, weight-training, corrective/prevention plans and rest and recovery routines, in an effort to keep each player in optimal shape to perform at their very best throughout the grueling MLS season.
Tyson Pace, Kevin Christen and their medical staff were honored as the Athletic Training staff of the year for 2013, voted on by league officials and peers among the profession. Tyson has worked alongside many other Professional Athletic Trainers within the league such as; Jacob Joachim, Kevin Christen, Tyler Knight and Paul Lombardo. Tyson is entering his 10th year in MLS and is serving as the Vice President of the PSATS (Professional Athletic Trainers Society) organization to help improve the prevention and care of athletic injuries league wide.
Mr. Pace received his Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from the University of Utah, and continued his studies at the U of U to receive a Master’s degree in Sports Psychology. Prior to his stint with Real Salt Lake, Pace spent five years as a Certified Athletic Trainer at the NCAA Division I level with the University of Utah Utes football and baseball programs. Mr. Pace and his wife Amy reside in Layton, UT, with their four daughters, Taya, Shaylee, Kelsey and Oakley.
Tyler Knight’s stint as the Assistant Athletic Trainer with Real Salt Lake began in 2015 following two years as a Certified Athletic Trainer at the University of Oregon and a previous Athletic Training internship with RSL during the 2012 campaign. Knight’s soccer experience dates back to his playing days at Wallace State (2007-‘09), followed by two years as an Athletic Trainer with the University of Alabama women’s soccer program (2012-’13), and time with the Portland Timbers Academy in 2014 where he designed and partook in soccer specific rehabilitation. At the University of Oregon, Knight served as the Athletic Training Coordinator for the university’s PE/Recreation and Club Sports departments. Additionally, he oversaw and assisted in the daily care and management for the Oregon Ducks football and women’s lacrosse programs.
A native of Alabama, Mr. Knight received his BS in Athletic Training and General Health Sciences with a minor in Nutrition from the University of Alabama and continued on to obtain his MS in Human Physiology with an emphasis in Athletic Training from the University of Oregon. Tyler’s relentless effort and dedication to aid in the prevention, rehabilitation, and recovery of athletes brought him back to Real Salt Lake. Knight currently holds credentials as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is also recognized as a Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) and Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Additionally, he is certified in Graston Technique, dry needling via the Integrative Dry Needling Institute, and holds a number of certifications from Functional Movement Systems (SFMA, FMS, and YBT). He currently resides in South Jordan, UT.