Athletic Trainer Bios
Los Angeles Angels
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Director of Sports Medicine & Head Athletic Trainer

Mike Frostad

Mike Frostad, 49, begins his first season with the Los Angeles Angels as the Director of Sports Medicine and Head Athletic Trainer after spending the previous four seasons as the assistant athletic trainer with the Atlanta Braves. This is Mike’s 11th Major League season, and 27th season overall in professional baseball. He spent 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 in the U.S. and the CATA in Canada. 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. Mike was a member of the 2021 MLB Athletic Training Staff of the Year in Atlanta that also won the World Series. During the off season, Mike resides in Redcliff, Alberta with his wife, Candice.

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Athletic Training Services Coordinator

Rick Smith

Rick “Ranger Rick” Smith, 68, gives a great deal of himself to the Angels, but he doesn’t stop there as he regularly donates his time and auction items to the Child Abuse Prevention Center in Orange, Ca. Before his promotion to the Angels’ parent club in 1978, where he served as the Angels’ head athletic trainer from 1979 to 1990, Smith was the head athletic trainer for the Class AA El Paso Diablos. An El Paso, Texas native, Smith was a student athletic trainer for the University of Texas-El Paso Miners’ athletic teams from 1971 until his graduation in 1975 and was inducted into the El Paso Texas Baseball Hall of Fame, in 2007. He served as American League athletic trainer for MLB All-Star Games in 1984, 1989 and 1997. Smith resides in Santa Ana Ca, with his wife Janell.

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Assistant Athletic Trainer

Eric Munson

Eric Munson, 42, joins the Los Angeles Major League Athletic Training Staff for his sixth season as the Angels Assistant Athletic Trainer after working in the team’s minor league system for 7 seasons and the Minor League Rehab Coordinator for 5. Munson served as the head athletic trainer in AA Arkansas (2008-2010), Rancho Cucamonga (2007), Cedar Rapids (2005, 2006, 2011) and has served as the Minor League Rehab Coordinator based in Tempe (2012-2016). A native of North Dakota, Munson, received his undergraduate degree from North Dakota State University. Eric, his wife Leslie, and daughter Nora reside in Avondale, AZ.

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Assistant Athletic Trainer

Matt Biancuzzo

Matt Biancuzzo, 38, is entering his 5th season in the major leagues as an Assistant Athletic Trainer. This will be his first year with the Los Angeles Angels after working the previous 4 years with the Minnesota Twins. Prior to starting his MLB career, Biancuzzo had 12 years of experience in athletic training, most recently as a performance medicine therapist and athletic trainer for Cirque du Soleil from 2010-17. Prior to that, Biancuzzo served as an assistant athletic trainer for Georgia Southern University from 2008-10 and as a graduate assistant athletic trainer for Florida State University from 2006-08. In addition to his athletic training experience, he also served as a strength and conditioning intern in 2009 for Cressey Sports Performance. He earned a master’s degree in sports administration from Florida State University and a B.S. in Health Sciences – Athletic Training from the University of Central Florida. Biancuzzo, a native of Bristol, RI, resides in Las Vegas, NV.