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Head Athletic Trainer
Kevin Rand, 53, is in his 11th season as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Detroit Tigers. Prior to joining Detroit, Rand was an Assistant Athletic Trainer with the Montreal Expos in 2002 and the Florida Marlins from 1993 to 2001. He served as the Head Athletic Trainer for the American League at the 2005 All-Star Game. In 2006, Rand was named as part of the PBATS Major League Athletic Training Staff of the Year. A native of Cape Elizabeth, ME , Rand was inducted into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007. He began his career with the New York Yankees organization as the Athletic Trainer of the Class A Ft. Lauderdale Yankees in 1982. In 1985, he was elevated to the Class AA Albany-Colonie Yankees and the Class AAA Columbus Clippers the following season. In 1989, Rand began a four-year stint as the Yankees’ Minor League head athletic trainer/rehabilitation supervisor. He also served as athletic trainer for La Guaira in the Venezuelan Winter League in 1987 and Caimanes in the Dominican Winter League in 1985. Rand served on the PBATS Executive Committee as the National League Assistant Athletic Trainer Representative from 1998-2001 and as the American League Head Athletic Trainer representative from 2004-2009. He is a certified member of the NATA and the NSCA.He and his wife, Tisa, have four sons, Keegan, Kamden, Kallen, and Kashton and reside in Lakeland, Fla.
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Matt Rankin, 43, begins his first season as an Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Detroit Tigers after 18 seasons with the organization. Prior to joining the Major League team, Matt served as the Athletic Trainer for the AAA affiliate of the Tigers, the Toledo Mud Hens for the previous 13 seasons. He joined the organization in 1996 spending that season with Single-A Visalia before spending two seasons with both Single A Jamestown (1997-98) and Single-A Lakeland (1999-2000). Rankin also served as the Athletic Trainer for the Honolulu Sharks of the Hawaii League in 1997, Delaware Stars of the Maryland Fall League in 1998, Leones de Escogido in Dominican Winter in 2001 and 2003, Phoenix Desert Dogs (2006) and the Peoria Saguaros (2007) in the Arizona Fall League. In 2010 he was named International League Athletic Trainer of the Year by his peers. A native of Richwood, Ohio, Matt currently lives in Toledo, Ohio with his wife Amy.
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Doug Teter, 42, will be entering his 8th year as an Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Detroit Tigers following 13 years in the Minor League system. He joined the Tigers’ Organization with the Fayetteville, NC affiliate (1993), moved on to Jamestown, NY (1994), and worked two years with the Lakeland Tigers (1995-1996). After serving two years as Rehabilitation Coordinator (1997-1998), he was given the Minor League Medical Coordinator position that he held until this year. Teter was named Dwight Lowry Player Development Man of the Year in 2001. In 2006 Doug shared the PBATS Major League Athletic Training Staff of the Year award. A native of Constantine, MI, Doug currently resides in Lakeland, FL with his wife Joya and three sons Zachary, Deacon, and Matthew.