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Toronto Blue Jays
Head Athletic Trainer
George Poulis, 48, begins his fourteenth year with the Toronto Blue Jays and his eleventh year as the head athletic trainer with the Blue Jays’ Major League Club after serving as the assistant athletic trainer for two and a half years. Prior to the Blue Jays, he was an athletic trainer in the San Diego Padres’ Minor League system for 10 years. Poulis got his first experience with professional sports in 1986 as an athletic training intern for the NFL’s Cleveland Browns Football Club. A Cleveland native, Poulis earned his undergraduate degree from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, and earned his master’s degree from the University of Alabama. He worked his way up through the Padres’ Minor League system with stops in Waterloo, Iowa (Class A); Wichita, Kan.; Memphis, Tenn.; Mobile, Ala. (Class AA); and Las Vegas, NV (Class AAA). At the conclusion of the 1998 Minor League season, Poulis assisted the San Diego Padres’ Athletic Training Staff during the 1998 playoffs and World Series. During the off-season, Poulis and his wife, Jenny, live in Florida with their three daughters, Lainey, Evy, and Nicki.
Mike Frostad, 40, begins his eighteenth season with the Toronto Blue Jays and second year as the assistant athletic trainer, having previously been in the Major Leagues in 2010 with Toronto. A Calgary native, Frostad earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Calgary and is certified by the NATA. He started his baseball career in 1996 with the St. Catharines Stompers (Short A) and made stops along the way in Medicine Hat Alberta, Hagerstown Maryland, and Dunedin Florida. Frostad was named to the position of Minor League Medical Coordinator in 2005, a position he held until the 2010 season and he returned to that role in 2011 and 2012. In 2004 and 2005 he won the Athletic Trainer of the Year Award for the Florida State League. In 2005 he was also the recipient of the Minor League Athletic Trainer of the Year Award. During the off season, Frostad resides in Tampa Florida. Toronto Blue Jays 42 George POULIS