POSITION: Athletic Trainer LEVEL OF POSITION: Rookie AZL ORGANIZATION: Padres JOB STATUS: Full-time CONTACT...
Roger Caplinger – Director of Medical Operations
Roger Caplinger, 49, enters his fifth season as the Director of Medical Operations, following 10 years as the head athletic trainer. Caplinger previously spent four seasons as the Assistant Athletic Trainer following eight years in the Brewers farm system. After earning an undergraduate degree in physical education/athletic training from Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colo., Caplinger joined Milwaukee’s Rookie league team in Peoria, Ariz., in 1990. The Wheat Ridge, Colo. native worked his way up through the Brewers’ athletic training ranks, working with affiliates in Helena, Mont., in 1991 and 1993, and Chandler, Ariz., in 1994. From 1995 through 1999, Caplinger served as coordinator of Minor League athletic training, strength and conditioning. Caplinger is coordinator of athletic training for Major League Baseball’s Arizona Fall League from 1996 through 2007 and was recognized along with head athletic trainer John Adam with the 2001 “MLB Athletic Training Staff of the Year Award and in 2005 received the Dick Martin Award by Baseball Prospectus”. The Brewers organization was awarded the 2014 Martin-Monaghan Award as the Best Medical Staff in Major League Baseball by Rotowire.He was honored to serve as the National League athletic trainer for the 2002 Major League All- Star game. He also served on the PBATS Executive Board as the National League Athletic Trainer representative. He also serves as the chairman of the PBATS EMR Committee. Caplinger is a certified member of the NATA and is a member of the AzATA, WATA and is a licensed athletic trainer in Arizona and Wisconsin. A golf and racing enthusiast, Caplinger resides in Menomonee Falls, WI with wife Jackie and has children Kyle, Gabi, Brett and Ryan.
Dan Wright – Head Athletic Trainer
Roseburg, OR native Dan Wright, 53, is entering his fifth year as the Head Athletic Training for the Milwaukee Brewers after serving for 10 years as the assistant. He began his career as a minor league athletic trainer with the Kansas City Royals from 1985 to 1989. The next year in 1990 he was named Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Cincinnati Reds. As Larry Starr’s assistant, he was part of the 1991 MLB “Training Staff of the Year” awarded by PBATS. Wright was also part of the Brewer’s medical staff that received the 2005 Dick Martin Award, 2014 Martin-Monahan Award and served as member of the National league medical staff for the 2011 Major League All-Star Game. From 1992 to 1994 Wright served as the head athletic trainer for the San Francisco Giants minor league Department. He also represented the Giants as an athletic trainer for the 1993 Fall League. In 1996 Wright co-founded FitLife Health Systems, an athletic trainer-owned conditioning and sports medicine clinic in Scottsdale, AZ. An active member of the Arizona Athletic Trainer’s Association, he has served on the board of directors and various committees. In 2000, Wright was named “Arizona Athletic Trainer of the Year” by the AZATA. Later, he was appointed by Governor Jane Hull to sit on the first Arizona Board of Athletic Training Licensure. A certified member of the NATA, Wright also is certified by the NSCA as strength and conditioning specialist. He completed his first marathon in 2008 and has many outdoor hobbies include hiking, fishing, target shooting and scuba diving. Wright lives in Tempe, AZ, and has two children, Emma and Robbie.
David Yeager – Asst. Athletic Trainer
David enters his fifth year as the Assistant Athletic Trainer with the Milwaukee Brewers Major League Team. Yeager, 42, previously spent 7 seasons in the Milwaukee minor league system including AA Huntsville and AAA Nashville. He was named 2007 Southern League Athletic Trainer of the Year. While Assistant Athletic Trainer, David was part of the Brewers’ staff that received the 2014 Martin-Monahan Award for the best medical staff in professional baseball. He is an NATA Certified Athletic Trainer and also is certified by the NSCA as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist. David earned his bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and his Master’s from Jacksonville State University. He and his wife, Wendy, reside in Athens, Alabama with their sons, Duke and Seth.
Kevan Creighton – Asst. Athletic Trainer
Kevan Creighton, 29, enters his third season as an Assistant Athletic Trainer and Massage Therapist with the Milwaukee Brewers. He spent the previous four years as an Assistant Athletic Trainer and Rehabilitation Assistant for the Milwaukee Brewers Major League Team. He is a Licensed Athletic Trainer and Licensed Massage Therapist in the state of Wisconsin. Kevan received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his Massage Therapy degree from the U.S. Career Institute in Colorado. Last season he was part of the Milwaukee Brewers medical staff that was awarded the 2014 Martin-Monaghan Award for best medical staff in Major League baseball. He was born, raised and resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.