Assistant Athletic Trainer
Jeff Desjardins, 48, is beginning his 13th season as an assistant athletic trainer with the Cleveland Guardians after spending 9 seasons as a minor league athletic trainer in the Cleveland Indians Player Development System. Desjardins spent three seasons (2007-2009) serving a dual role as the Indians athletic training coordinator and athletic trainer at the club’s Triple-A affiliates in Buffalo, NY and Columbus, OH. In 2005 and 2006, he was the athletic trainer for the Indians AA affiliate in Akron, Ohio. In 2006, he was named the Eastern League Athletic Trainer of the Year and was selected to represent the Indians in the Arizona Fall League. He held the same position in Kinston, NC in 2004 and in Lake County, OH in 2003. Desjardins originally joined the Indians organization in 2001, as the athletic trainer in Burlington, NC and served in that role for two seasons. In 2019, he was selected as the AL Assistant Athletic Trainer for the MLB All Star Game at Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH. In 2016, Jeff shared honors with Lonnie Soloff, James Quinlan and Michael Salazar as “Major League Athletic Training Staff of the Year.” In 2021, Desjardins was voted by his peers to be the American League Assistant Athletic Trainer Representative on the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society Executive Board. A graduate of Plymouth State College in Plymouth, New Hampshire, Desjardins is a certified athletic trainer and a certified strength and conditioning specialist. He went on to complete a master’s degree in performance psychology through National University in 2021, graduating with distinction. He is also an American Red Cross First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer instructor. A native of Gorham, ME., Desjardins and family currently reside in Cleveland, Ohio.