Athletic Trainer Bios
New York Mets
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Head Athletic Trainer

Brian Chicklo

Brian Chicklo, 46, enters his second season as head athletic trainer with the New York Mets after spending the first 6 seasons as the assistant athletic trainer. Chicklo spent a total of 13 seasons as a minor league athletic trainer in the New York Mets system as well. Chicklo began his career in professional baseball in 1999 as the athletic trainer for the Pittsfield Mets, in Pittsfield, MA. Brian progressed through the minor leagues working 10 seasons in AAA and 1 season (2011) as the minor league athletic training coordinator. Chicklo, a native of Winchester, VA now resides in Fort Mill, S.C. with his wife and two children.

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Asst. Athletic Trainer

Joseph Golia

oseph Golia, 41, enters his second season as the assistant athletic trainer with the New York Mets and 14thth season overall with the organization. Prior to joining the major league medical staff, Golia held the position of Minor League Medical Coordinator in 2017. Joseph began his professional baseball career with the New York Mets in 2005 and served as the athletic trainer for the Brooklyn (A) affiliate of the New York- Penn League. Golia went on to spend the 2006-2010 seasons with the AA affiliate in Binghamton, NY of the Eastern League and the 2011-2015 seasons with the AAA affiliate (s) in Buffalo, NY of the International League and Las Vegas, NV of the Pacific Coast League. Joseph is a native of Wappinger Falls, NY and now resides in Charleston, SC with his wife and two children.

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Asst. Athletic Trainer

Justin Podell

Justin Podell, 30, enters his first season as the assistant athletic trainer and reconditioning therapist with the New York Mets after spending the previous three seasons with the Houston Astros as their rehabilitation coordinator. Justin received his Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree in 2015 from the University of Lynchburg. He received his undergraduate degree in athletic training from Manchester University (IN), and went on to the University of Virginia for his master’s degree in sports medicine. Justin is a native of Walkerton, IN and currently resides in New Hyde Park, NY with his wife.