Athletic Trainer Bios
Atlanta Braves
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Senior Advisor, Athletic Training

Jeff Porter

Jeff Porter, 62, has been the Head Athletic Trainer for the past 15 years and this year moves to the Athletic Training Senior Advisor role this year. His desire to treat athletic injuries began in college, and led him to a 1995 World Series title with the Braves. A Wilmington, N.C., native, Porter began his career as student athletic trainer at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington in 1974 and continued an assistant athletic trainer at the University of Denver in 1979. He worked his way up through the Minor Leagues with the Denver Bears, Jamestown Expos, Memphis Chicks, and the Indianapolis Indians before being promoted to the Braves’ Major League club in 1985. In 1998, Porter and David Pursley hosted the PBATS Baseball Team Medicine Conference in Atlanta. He also was honored to serve as National League athletic trainer at the 1996 and 2008 MLB All-Star Game. He also served as one of the Athletic Trainers for the 2006 Japan All Star trip. Porter lives in Loganville, Ga. with his son, David Ray, and enjoys golfing, hunting, and fishing.

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Head Athletic Trainer

George Poulis

George, 53, begins his first year as the Head Athletic Trainer / Director of Player Health for the Atlanta Braves after spending the past eighteen years with the Toronto Blue Jays. Prior to the Blue Jays, George was an athletic trainer in the San Diego Padres’ Minor League system for 10 years. George got his first experience with professional sports in 1986 as an athletic training intern in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns Football Club. A Cleveland native, George 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, George assisted the San Diego Padres’ Athletic Training Staff during the 1998 playoffs and World Series. During the off-season, George and his wife, Jenny, live in Florida with their three daughters, Lainey, Evy, and Nicki.

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Asst. Athletic Trainer

Mike Frostad

Mike Frostad, 45, begins his first season as assistant athletic trainer with the Atlanta Braves and twenty-third season overall in professional baseball. He spent the previous 22 seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays, 6 of them as the Major League assistant athletic trainer. A Calgary native, Mike 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. Mike was named to the position of Minor League Medical Coordinator in 2005, a position he held until the 2010 season when he was appointed to Toronto as the Assistant Athletic Trainer. He returned to the role of Medical Coordinator in 2011 and 2012 before returning to Toronto. 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, Mike resides in Redcliff, Alberta with his fiancée, Candice.

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Assistant Athletic Trainer

Andrew Hauser

Andrew, 32, enters his 2nd season as the Director of Player Health & Performance with the Atlanta Braves. Prior to that he served as the Minor League Medical Coordinator, as well as the Manual & Performance Coordinator for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He has worked with the Tampa Bay Rays as a minor league athletic trainer & the Philadelphia Phillies as a minor league strength coach, along with working at Therapy One Physical Therapy clinic in Farm- ington, NM during his off-seasons until 2011. Andrew is a Stilwell, KS native who attended the University of Kansas where he received his BS in Athletic Training. He currently resides in Mableton, GA with his wife Valerie and their two dogs Leo and Trevor.