Accordong to the Detroit Lions, head athletic trainer Kevin Bastin is stepping away from the NFL.
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) May 2, 2019
From Detroit Lions:
STATEMENT FROM LIONS EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER BOB QUINN
“For five seasons, Kevin Bastin has been an invaluable asset to the Detroit Lions organization. His more than 30 years of athletic training experience, combined with his unwavering commitment to the health and safety of our players, made him an integral part of our football operation day in and day out. The professionalism with which he led our athletic training staff is a testament to his high character. We fully support Kevin’s decision to pursue opportunities outside of the NFL and thank him for his countless contributions to our team.”
Bastin will be succeeded by Dave Granito, who comes to the Lions after most recently serving as the Director of Athletic Training for the University of Michigan Football program for three seasons (2016-2018). During his time at Michigan, he worked closely with Lions Team Physician – Orthopaedist Asheesh Bedi.
In more than 20 years as an athletic trainer, Granito’s previous NFL experience includes stints with the New England Patriots and New York Giants after serving as a graduate assistant at West Virginia University. Granito earned his master’s degree in athletic training from West Virginia in 2001 and received his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Kean College in 1999.