Athletic Trainer Bios
Chicago White Sox
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Head Athletic Trainer

Herm Schneider

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 Mon- roe 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 and 1991, and along with his assistant, Mark Anderson, received the 1996 “Major League Baseball Athletic Training Staff of the Year Award.” Schneider served as a board member for the Deicke Center for Visual Rehabilitation and lives in Naperville, Ill., with his wife, Janet, and their two children, Daniel and Caitlin.

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Asst. Athletic Trainer

Brian Ball

Brian Ball, 46, begins his 18th season with the White Sox as the assistant athletic trainer. Prior to joining Chicago, Brian spent four years 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 as the American League Assistant Athletics Representative on the Executive Board for the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS). Brian enjoys fishing, outdoors and the off- season. He also enjoys spending some quality time with his kids. Brian makes his home in Chicago.

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Physical Therapist (ATC)

Brett Walker

Brett Walker, is entering his fourth season as a physical therapist/athletic trainer for the Chicago White Sox. Walker spent one year as the minor league physical therapist in Glen- dale, 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 volunteer- ing with the White Sox rookie ball affiliate. He completed an internship with the Minnesota Twins in 2013. A native of Culbertson, MT, Walker lives in Litchfield Park, AZ with his wife and two children.