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Tampa Bay Rays

Ron Porterfield – Head Athletic Trainer

Ron Porterfield, 51, is entering his eleventh year as Head Major League Athletic Trainer with the Tampa Bay Rays after serving the previous three years as Assistant. Prior to his move to the Major Leagues, Porterfield spent 15 years in the Minor Leagues. From 1988 to 1996, he worked his way through the ranks of the Houston Astros organization. During this time, Porterfield served as an athletic trainer for teams in Auburn, N.Y.; Kissimmee, Fl.; Columbus, Ga.; Jackson, Miss.; and Tucson, Ariz. In 1997, Porterfield was hired by the Tampa Bay Rays to serve as their Minor League medical and rehabilitation coordinator until he was promoted to the Major League club. A Santa Fe, N.M., native, Porterfield is a certified member of the NATA. In 2013 was honored to work the Major League All Star Game in New York. In 2009, Porterfield shared honors with Paul Harker and Nick Paparesta as “Major League Athletic Training Staff of the Year. In 2005, Porterfield shared honors with Ken Crenshaw as “Major League Athletic Training Staff of the Year,” in 1992, Porterfield was named the Texas League Athletic Trainer of the Year, and in 1991 and 1992 he served as an athletic trainer for Magallanes in Valencia, Venezuela. Porterfield and his wife Barbara live in Parrish, Fla., with their children, Alec (19) and Abbey (16).

Paul Harker – Asst. Athletic Trainer

Paul Harker, 47, is in his eleventh year as Major League Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Tampa Bay Rays.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University in 1991.  Paul spent 6 seasons (1991-1996) working as a minor league athletic trainer for the Seattle Mariners organization.  He was hired by the Rays organization in November of 1996. In 1997, he worked as the athletic trainer for the Rays Florida State League affiliate (St. Petersburg Devil Rays), and then spent the 1998-2002 seasons as the athletic trainer for the Rays International League affiliate (Durham Bulls). During the 2003-2005 seasons, he served as the Rays minor league athletic training and rehabilitation coordinator.  In December of 2005, Paul was promoted to the position of Major League Assistant Athletic Trainer.  In 2009, Paul shared honors with Ron Porterfield and Nick Paparesta as “Major League Athletic Training Staff of the Year.”  In 2015 Paul was honored to work the Major League All Star Game in Cincinnati. Paul, his wife Julie, and their children Derek, Cameron, and Paige reside in Parrish, Fla.

Mark Vinson – Asst. Athletic Trainer

Mark begins his eleventh season with the Rays organization and sixth in his current position of major league assistant athletic trainer. Previously he served as the minor league medical coordinator from 2008 through 2010 and as the athletic trainer for Durham in 2007, and Montgomery in 2006. He spent four years (2001-2004) as an athletic trainer in the Texas Rangers organization. Vinson received a Bachelor’s of Science in Athletic Training from Bluefield (Va.) College and earned a Master’s of Education at the University of Virginia in 1999. He has been a certified athletic trainer (ATC) since 1998, as well as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) since 2000. A native of Pearisburg, VA, Mark and his wife, Mary Carolyn, reside in St. Petersburg, FL.