POSITION: Athletic Trainer LEVEL OF POSITION: Rookie AZL ORGANIZATION: Padres JOB STATUS: Full-time CONTACT...
Todd Tomczyk – Head Athletic Trainer
Todd Tomczyk begins his fifth season as the head athletic trainer for the Pittsburgh Pirates, after spending five years as the assistant athletic trainer of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Tomczyk begins his 18th season working in professional baseball. He spent 8 years in the minor leagues for the Cleveland Indians farm system. Tomczyk spent the 2005 and 2006 seasons as the Triple-A Buffalo Bison’s athletic trainer. He held the same position for the Double-A Akron during the 2003 and 2004 seasons. In 2002, he was named the Akron athletic trainer mid-way through the season, prior to being named the Akron athletic trainer, Tomczyk was the rehabilitation coordinator for the Indians (2001-2002). Todd spent the first half of the 2001 season and the entire 2000 season as the athletic trainer for the Columbus RedStixx. He held the same position of athletic trainer for the Burlington Indians during the 1999 campaign. The Pittsburgh, PA native earned a Bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Duquesne University (1998), and Master’s degree in exercise science and performance enhancement from California University of PA in 2003. Tomczyk is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Performance Enhancement Specialist (NASM-PES). He is an adjunct faculty member at Duquesne University. Todd and his wife Colleen, reside in Pittsburgh, PA with their two daughters.
Ben Potenziano – Asst. Athletic Trainer
Ben Potenziano was named Pittsburgh’s Major League Assistant Athletic Trainer on October 24, 2011. Potenziano spent the previous eight seasons at the Major League level with the San Francisco Giants, the last seven as the club’s Strength and Conditioning Coordinator and Assistant Athletic Trainer. Ben is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association, Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society, National Strength and Conditioning Association, and the NASM. He spent five seasons in San Francisco’s minor league system as the head athletic trainer with short-season Bellingham (1995), Class-A San Jose (1996), Double-A Shreveport (1997-98) seasons. He also worked with the Giants as the Minor League Rehab Coordinator in 2003. The 50-year-old Potenziano is a 1992 graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington and earned his Masters of Education with a concentration in Exercise Science from the University of Maine at Orono, where he also spent three years (1999-2002) as an assistant athletic trainer. Ben has 2 children, Olivia (18) and Benjamin (15). He resides in CT.
Otis Fitzgerald – Asst. Athletic Trainer
Kevin (Otis) Fitzgerald is in his first year as the Pirates Physical Therapist. He joined the organization on January 5. A native of Pittsburgh, Fitzgerald is a 1988 graduate of Central Catholic High School. He also graduated from Penn State in 1993 with a BS degree in Kinesiology/Athletic Training. Fitzgerald spent three years (1993-1995) in Port St. Lucie, FL, with the Joyner Sports medicine Institute, where he worked closely with the New York Mets. He also worked as the Athletic Training Outreach Coordinator in Altoona, PA, from 1995-1997 and spent four years (1997-2000) as the Clinical Athletic Trainer with Kentucky Sports medicine in Lexington. Otis received a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Kentucky in 2000 before working as the Director of Physical Therapy University Ortho in State College, PA until 2002. From 2002 to 2004, Fitzgerald worked as the Center Manager for Drayer Physical Therapy in Roaring Spring/Altoona, PA, prior to serving as the Regional Vice President for Pittsburgh/Central PA, West Virginia and Georgia from 2005 to 2015.Fitzgerald currently resides in Shadyside, PA, with his wife Amy and two children; Maren Shea (5) and Josh Gibson (3).