Athletic Trainer Bios
Los Angeles Angels
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Head Athletic Trainer

Adam Nevala

Adam Nevala, 45, rejoins the Los Angeles Major League Athletic Training Staff for his 17th year and 11th as the Angels Head Athletic Trainer after working in the team’s minor league system for eight seasons. Nevala served as the head athletic trainer in AAA Salt Lake City where he spent two seasons (2003-2004). Prior to that, he was the head athletic trainer for AA Arkansas (2002), Rancho Cucamonga (2001), Lake Elsinore (2000), Cedar Rapids (1999), and assistant athletic trainer/clubhouse manager in Butte (1998). In 2002 (Detroit), 2003 (Phoenix), and 2006 (Atlanta), Adam was a member of the PBATS faculty at the annual team medicine conference. He was selected to represent the American League as the head athletic trainer dur- ing the 2015 All Star Game in Cincinnati OH. A native of Minnesota, Nevala, re- ceived his undergraduate degree from Arizona State University and his Master’s degree from California University of Pennsylvania. Adam, his wife Tina, and son Jackson reside in Mission Viejo, CA.

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Athletic Training Services Coordinator

Rick Smith

Rick “Ranger Rick” Smith, 67, 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, 41, joins the Los Angeles Major League Athletic Training Staff for his third 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

Geoff Hostetter

Geoff Hostetter, 47, joins the Los Angeles Major League Athletic Training Staff for his first season as the Angels Assistant Athletic Trainer after working in the team’s minor league system for 23 seasons. Hostetter served as the head athletic trainer in Butte (1997), Cedar Rapids (1998), Lake Elsinore (1999), Erie (2000), Arkansas (2001) and has served as the Minor League Medical Coordinator (2002-2020). A native of San Dimas, CA, Geoff, his wife Tina, and sons Troy and Nathan reside in Mesa, AZ.

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Assistant Athletic Trainer

Brian Reinker

Brian Reinker, 40, is joining the Los Angeles Major League Athletic Training Staff as Assistant Athletic Trainer for his first year. He previously worked as an athletic trainer in the Angels organization for the Arizona League Angels (2003), Class-A Cedar Rapids (2004), High-A Rancho Cucamonga (2005-06), Double-A Arkansas (2007), Triple-A Salt Lake (2008-2019), and Long Beach Alternate Site (2020) during his professional career. A native of Whitehall, Ohio, Reinker earned an athletic training degree from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, in 2003. He now resides in Phoenix, Arizona during the offseason.