POSITION: Athletic Trainer LEVEL OF POSITION: Rookie AZL ORGANIZATION: Padres JOB STATUS: Full-time CONTACT...
Mike Kozak – Athletic Trainer
Mike Kozak, 58, is entering his 15th season as the assistant athletic trainer for the Miami Marlins. The Toronto native started his athletic training career with the Royal York Junior Hockey Club in 1977 before joining the Hamilton, Ontario, YMCA as an athletic trainer. In 1981 Kozak begin his career in baseball as an assistant athletic trainer with the Montreal Expos. In 1995, Kozak was the first National League assistant athletic trainer honored to serve in an All- Star Game in Arlington, Texas. He was honored to work his second All-Star game in 2008 at Yankee Stadium. A certified member of the NATA and is a licensed athletic trainer in the state of Florida. He served as an athletic trainer for Team Canada in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Kozak was named the National League Asst. Trainer rep on the PBATS Executive Board in 2009 and held that position until 2015. Mike was selected to the PBATS Hall of Fame Committee in 2011. Kozak lives in West Palm Beach, Florida with wife, Maria, and their children, Derek and Caylie. His hobbies include downhill , cross country skiing and golf.
Dustin Luepker – Athletic Trainer
Dustin Luepker,38, is entering his 5th season as assistant athletic trainer for the Miami Marlins after spending the previous 3 seasons in the Marlins minor league system at Jacksonville, FL (AA). Prior to the Marlins, he spent 3 years in the San Francisco Giants minor league system at Augusta, GA (A) and Norwich, CT (AA). In 2010 he was named Southern League athletic trainer of the year. The Houston, TX native attended Stephen F. Austin State University where he graduated with a BS in Kinesiology and M.Ed. in Exercise Science. A certified athletic trainer, certified strength and conditioning specialist, and a corrective exercise specialist, Luepker lives in McKinney, TX with his wife, Ann, their daughter Camden, and their son Cole.