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Oakland Athletics

Nick Paparesta – Head Athletic Trainer

Nick, 43, is entering his sixth season as the Head Athletic trainer with Oakland after five years with the Tampa Bay Rays organization, three as the Major League Assistant Athletic Trainer.  He spent his first two seasons with the Rays as Minor League Athletic Trainer and Rehabilitation Coordinator, where he was responsible for overseeing all minor league athletic trainers and rehabilitation with minor league players, as well as assisting with the major league club. A native of North Fort Myers, Fla., Paparesta started his career working in the Cleveland Indians organization for 11 seasons, including three with Triple-A Buffalo. He is a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, and is certified by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), and is a certified strength and conditioning trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). In 2009, Paparesta shared honors with Ron Porterfield and Paul Harker of the Tampa Bay Rays as “Major League Athletic Training Staff of the Year.” Nick and his wife, Kristel, reside in Dublin, CA with son Noah (14) and daughter Alaina (9).

Walt Horn – Asst. Athletic Trainer

Walt began his stint as Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Athletics in 2008 after 30 years in the minor leagues. He spent 6 seasons in AA and 24 in AAA all in The Pacific Coast League. He was selected PCL Athletic Trainer of The Year in 1992, 1996, 2002 and 2004, with two All-Star selections in 1993 and 2005. Other stops include 2 winters in Puerto Rico (Ponce, PR) and 1 in The Dominican Republic (Licey). He is a graduate of Boise State University, a certified member of the NATA , a member of The Arizona Athletic Trainers Association and licensed in Arizona. Walt and his wife Stacy have 2 children, Kassi and Cameron.

Brian Schulman – Asst. Athletic Trainer

Brian Schulman, 36, enters his sixth year as an assistant athletic trainer with the Oakland Athletics. He spent the previous seven years as the rehabilitation coordinator and assistant athletic trainer with the University of California, Berkeley. In 2010, Schulman lectured at the PBATS annual meeting discussing “An Unusual Cause of Pain in a Collegiate Baseball Pitcher.” While at Cal, Schulman worked with the Baseball, Men’s Water Polo, Women’s Soccer, and Swimming and Diving programs. In 2006 and 2007 he was part of back to back NCAA Water Polo championship teams. Prior to his time at Cal, Schulman was an intern athletic trainer with the San Francisco 49ers during the 2003 season. Currently Schulman serves on the PBATS Electronic Medical Records committee. He is also a member of the NSCA as a certified strength and conditioning specialist. A swimming, cycling, and running enthusiast, Schulman also enjoys cooking and resides in San Ramon, CA with his wife, Megan, and sons, Luke and Gavin.