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Paul Lessard – Director of Athletic Training

Paul Lessard, 53, was hired in November ’15 to be the Director of Athletic Training. He held the Head Athletic Trainer position with Cincinnati Reds (2010-15), Boston Red Sox (2005-09), and the Arizona Diamondbacks (1997-2005). He has an extensive background in collegiate sports, as well as professional sports. He was the Head Athletic Trainer at Holy Cross (1994-97) and Senior Athletic Trainer at Boston University (1988-94). Paul served as a Summer Intern Athletic Trainer for the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons in 1985 & ’86, followed by 2 seasons with the New York Yankees affiliate in Fort Lauderdale, FL (1987 & ’88). A native of Stamford, CT, Lessard received an undergraduate degree in Athletic Training from Northeastern University. He is a member of NATA, the OATA and ATOM.  Lessard’s hobbies include golf and motorcycling. Paul and his wife Lisa have 3 daughters, Anne, Grace and Nicole.

Dale Gilbert – Athletic Trainer

Dale enters his first season with the Washington Nationals as an Athletic Trainer. He spent the previous five seasons from 2011-2015 with the Texas Rangers holding the positions as Medical Coordinator and Rehabilitation Coordinator (2011). Prior to that, he spent eight seasons from 2003-2014 with the Kansas City Royals serving several capacities and holding the positions of medical coordinator, rehabilitation coordinator, and athletic trainer. He began his baseball career with the Arizona Diamondbacks organization as an athletic trainer from 2007-2002. During his career he has worked in the Winter Baseball Leagues in Venezuela and Mexico, the Arizona Fall League, and Team USA. Gilbert graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Exercise Science/Physical Education with a minor in Spanish. He resides in Surprise, Arizona with his wife, Susan, and daughter, Kiley.

Greg Barajas – Athletic Trainer

Greg is starting his first season with the Washington Nationals as an Athletic Trainer. He is an Arizona native who has grown up in the Phoenix area. He obtained his undergraduate education at Metropolitan State College of Denver and performed his graduate work at the University of Northern Colorado. Greg has spent 17 seasons in total with both the Boston Red Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers. He began his career with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1998 with the rookie affiliate Helena Brewers. In 2000 he was promoted to the Midwest League Beloit Snappers. During the 2001 season he was promoted to the California League High Desert Mavericks. Following the 2001 season Greg received the California League Athletic Trainer of the Year award. He was moved to the AA affiliate the Huntsville Stars as Head Athletic Trainer in 2002 and remained at that position until 2004. Following the 2004 season he took a job with the Boston Red Sox, he served as Head Athletic Trainer for the Red Sox AAA affiliate, the Pawtucket Red Sox. In 2007 he received the International League Athletic Trainer of the year. In 2010 he was promoted to the major league team as the Assistant Athletic Trainer. He returned to the Milwaukee Brewers after the 2011 season and worked with the AAA team the Nashville Sounds in 2012. In 2013 he remained in Arizona where he worked with the newly drafted players and assisted with rehabilitations until this past year when he took the job with the Washington Nationals Baseball Club. Greg, his wife Heather and two children Ava and Zachary live in Phoenix, AZ during the off-season