The Bears replaced longtime head athletic trainer Tim Bream with one of his longtime assistants.
On Friday, the Bears announced the promotion of Chris Hanks, who enters his 13th season with the Bears, to head athletic trainer. In addition, Bobby Slater has been promoted to assistant head athletic trainer/director of rehabilitation.
Prior to joining the Bears, Hanks spent 11 years at the University of Richmond, including his final three and a half years as head athletic trainer. Hanks received a bachelor of sciences degree from Ohio University and a master of sports management degree from Richmond.
Slater enters his 14th season with the Bears, after starting as a training camp intern. He was a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Mississippi State from 1997 to 1999. He received his bachelor of science degree from Florida Southern College and a masters of science degree from Mississippi State.
Bream had been with the Bears for 19 years, but he returned to his alma mater, Penn State, after the 2011 season ended.