Head Athletic Trainer
Nick, 50, is entering his first season as the Head Athletic trainer with the Minnesota Twins, after spending 12 years with the Oakland Athletics in the same role. Prior to Oakland, he had the prestigious honor of working for three seasons as an assistant athletic trainer for the Tampa Bay Rays. He spent his first two seasons with the Rays as Minor League Athletic Trainer and Rehabilitation Coordinator, where he was responsible for overseeing all minor league athletic trainers and rehabilitation with minor league players, as well as assisting with the major league club. A native of North Fort Myers, Fla., Paparesta started his career working in the Cleveland Indians organization for 11 seasons, including three with Triple-A Buffalo. He is a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, and is certified by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). In 2009, Paparesta shared honors with Ron Porterfield and Paul Harker of the Tampa Bay Rays as “Major League Athletic Training Staff of the Year.” Paparesta had the honor of being the Head Athletic Trainer for the American League team during the 2017 All-Star Game in Miami, FL. In 2019, Paparesta shared honors with Jeff Collins and Brian Schulman of the Oakland A’s as “Major League Athletic Training Staff of the Year.” Nick and his wife, Kristel, reside in Queen Creek, AZ with son Noah, daughter Alaina, and Champ, his Golden Retriever.