Athletic Trainer Bios
Cleveland Indians
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Sr. Director of Medical Services

Lonnie Soloff

Lonnie Soloff, 44, is beginning his sixth season leading Medical Services after spending 10 years as head athletic trainer for the Cleveland Indians. In this role, Lonnie leads the organization’s efforts in research and development pertaining to physical development, performance enhancement and injury prevention while assisting club executives in short-term and long-term injury risk assessments relative to strategic amateur and professional player personnel decisions. Lonnie continues to supervise the organization’s athletic trainers, strength & conditioning coaches, physical therapists and team physicians, overseeing injury treatment, rehabilitation systems and physical development at both the major league and minor league levels. Active in teaching orthopedics and baseball sports medicine, Soloff participates in clinical research and lectures. Soloff shared the honor of Major League Athletic Training Staff of the Year Award in 2016 and 2007 and Dick Martin Award in 2007. In addition to serving as American League athletic trainer for the 2012 MLB All-Star game, Soloff was honored to represent his country working as an athletic trainer with Team USA during their Gold Medal run in the 2017 World Baseball Classic Prior to joining the Indians organization in 2003, Lonnie served as physical therapist from 1999-2002 and assistant athletic trainer in 2003 for the Cincinnati Reds. A member of the NATA and APTA, Soloff began his career in baseball with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1996 as part of the PBATS internship program. A native of New Orleans, Soloff lives in Avon Lake, Ohio with his wife and three children.

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Head Athletic Trainer

James Quinlan

James Quinlan, 37, is beginning his sixth season as head athletic trainer with the Cleveland Indians after spending 6 seasons in the Cleveland Indians Player Development System. Quinlan spent two seasons (2012-2013) serving as athletic trainer at the club’s Triple-A affiliate in Columbus, OH. Prior to 2012 he spent four seasons as the Indians rehabilitation coordinator. Quinlan joined the Indians organization in 2007 as the athletic trainer at the Mahoning Valley (Rookie) affiliate. Quinlan received a bachelor’s degree in athletic training while a student at Temple University in Philadelphia. He then obtained a doctorate in physical therapy from Widener University. Quinlan, who is also a member of the NATA and APTA, began his career in baseball with the Philadelphia Phillies, working as a bat boy and clubhouse attendant before serving as an athletic training intern in 2003. In 2016, James shared honors with Lonnie Soloff, Jeff Desjardins and Michael Salazar as “Major League Athletic Training Staff of the Year.” A native of Havertown, PA, Quinlan lives in Avon Lake, OH with his wife and two children.

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Assistant Athletic Trainer

Jeff Desjardins

Jeff Desjardins, 45, is beginning his 10th season as an assistant athletic trainer with the Cleveland Indians 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 2016, Jeff shared honors with Lonnie Soloff, James Quinlan and Michael Salazar as “Major League Athletic Training Staff of the Year.” A graduate of Plymouth State College in Plymouth, New Hampshire, Desjardins is a certified athletic trainer and a certified strength and conditioning specialist. He is also an American Red Cross First Aid and CPR Instructor. A native of Gorham, ME., Desjardins and family currently reside in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Assistant Athletic Trainer

Chad Wolfe

Chad Wolfe, 40, enters his first season as the club’s Assistant Athletic Trainer and is entering his 16th overall season as an Athletic Trainer in the organization. After spending a single season at rookie-level Mahoning Valley in 2004, Chad incrementally increased his time at each level by one year, beginning with Lake County in 2005 (2005-06) and concluding with five campaigns in Triple-A Columbus (2014-18). He spent three seasons in A Kinston, 2007-09, and four in AA Akron, 2010-13. Additionally, he spent two seasons as the Head Athletic Trainer for Aguilas Cibaenas (2012-13) in the Dominican Winter League, was named Carolina League Athletic Trainer of the Year in 2008 and the following year represented the organization in the Arizona Fall League. The Graham, NC native earned his graduate and undergraduate degrees from East Carolina University, earning a master’s degree in Health Education in 2003. Chad graduated from Southern Alamance High School in Graham in 1997. Chad and his wife, Sarah, reside in Macedonia with their two children.