Athletic Trainer Bios
Chicago White Sox
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Head Athletic Trainer - Emeritus

Herm Schneider

Herman Schneider, 67, is beginning his 44th season in the Major Leagues and his first in his new role as Head Trainer Emeritus. Born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and raised in Rochester, N.Y., Schneider began his health care career in the Minor Leagues with the Orioles’ Florida Instructional League team in 1969. The following season he joined the New York Yankees and made stops at each level of their system while also working nine years as head athletic trainer for Ponce in the Puerto Rican Winter League. Schneider earned his bachelor’s degree in sports medicine from Monroe Community College in Rochester, N.Y., in 1975. He served as assistant athletic trainer for the Yankees during their World Championship years of 1977 and 1978 before joining the Chicago White Sox as head athletic trainer in 1979. In 2003, Schneider was an athletic trainer for the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Chicago’s U.S Cellular Field. He also served as an athletic trainer for the All-Star Game in 1977, 1983, 1991 and 2016. Along with his assistant, Mark Anderson, Schneider received the 1996 “Major League Baseball Athletic Training Staff of the Year Award,” and in 2018 he received this same award along with Brian Ball and Brett Walker. In 1988 Herm served as one of the trainers for the US MLB All Star Team that went to Japan to play against the Japanese All Star team. Schneider served as a board member for the Deicke Center for Visual Rehabilitation. He lives in Naperville, Illinois with his wife, Janet, and has two adult children, Daniel and Caitlin.

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Head Athletic Trainer

Brian Ball

Brian Ball, 47, begins his 1st year as the White Sox Head Athletic Trainer. He previously spent 18 seasons as the assistant athletic trainer. Prior to joining Chicago, Brian spent 1996-2000 with the Texas Rangers. Ball graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1995. He then attended graduate school at the University of Memphis. There he served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer for football, baseball and Olympic sports. Brian is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association (GLATA), and the Illinois Athletic Trainer Association (IATA). A current member of the American Red Cross, he is a Professional Rescuers CPR and First Aid instructor. In 2011, he was selected to work as the AL Assistant Athletic Trainer for the All Star game at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. Currently an active board member for the Spectrios Institute for Low Vision in Wheaton, IL. Brian serves on the Executive Board for the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS). In 2018 the White Sox Athletic Trainers won the Major League Athletic Training Staff of the Year; an award voted on all major league athletic trainers and given by PBATS. A native of Belfry, KY, he enjoys fishing, and outdoor activities. Brian lives in Chicago and has two children.

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Assistant Athletic Trainer

Brett Walker

Brett Walker, is entering his fifth season as a physical therapist/athletic trainer for the Chicago White Sox. Walker spent one year as the minor league physical therapist in Glendale, AZ. He obtained a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy in 2004 and a Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training in 2013 both from the University of Mary. Walker completed a sports residency in Boise, ID in 2009 and became a Board Certified Sports Physical Therapist in 2010. At which point he moved to Great Falls, MT and got his start in baseball by volunteering with the White Sox rookie ball affiliate. He completed an internship with the Minnesota Twins in 2013. In 2018 the White Sox Athletic Trainers won the Major League Athletic Training Staff of the Year; an award voted on all major league athletic trainers and given by PBATS. A native of Culbertson, MT, Walker lives in Litchfield Park, AZ with his wife and two children.

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Assistant Athletic Trainer

James Kruk

James Kruk, is entering his 1st year as Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Chicago White Sox. Kruk joined the White Sox Organization in 2008 and has served as Head Athletic Trainer at Class AAA Charlotte (2018), Class AA Birmingham (2016-2017), Class A Kannapolis (2014-2015), and Advanced Rookie Great Falls (2009-2013). James also spent the two previous seasons as an athletic training intern with the Philadelphia Phillies. He obtained a Master’s Degree in Athletic Training from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 2008 and a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Coastal Carolina University in 2006. James is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), and is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He lives in Acworth, GA with his wife, Lauren and their three children, Quinn, Landon, and Owen.