Athletic Trainer Bios
Oakland Athletics
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Head Athletic Trainer

Nick Paparesta

Nick, 46, is entering his ninth season as the Head Athletic trainer with Oakland, after five years with the Tampa Bay Rays organization, of which three were as the Major League Assistant Athletic Trainer. 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 assist- ing 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), and is a certified strength and conditioning trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). 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 Gilbert, AZ with son Noah and daughter Alaina.

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Asst. Athletic Trainer

Jeff Collins

Jeff Collins, 46, is entering his fourth season as an Assistant Athletic Trainer with the Oak- land Athletics. Prior to this role, Collins had spent 19 seasons in the A’s organization, with 16 of those years as the Minor League Medical Coordinator. Collins also served as the Athletic Trainer for Short-Season Vancouver in 2004 and served in the same capacity for Single-A Visalia (2000) and Short-Season Southern Oregon (1998-99). Collins was honored by his peers as the PBATS Medical Coordinator of the Year in 2014 and again in 2016. In 2019, Collins shared honors with Nick Paparesta and Brian Schulman as the PBATS Major League Athletic Training Staff of the Year. Since 2011, Collins has served as an Athletic Trainer for the ESPN Winter X Games. In his spare time he enjoys fitness, snowboarding and spending time with his family. Collins holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and received his Master of Science degree in Health, Wellness and Exercise Science at the University of Nevada. He is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) and is a Licensed Athletic Trainer in the state of Arizona, where he resides with his wife Renea and their daughter Breanne.

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Asst. Athletic Trainer

Brian Schulman

Brian Schulman, 40, enters his 10th year as an assistant athletic trainer with the Oakland Athletics. Currently Schulman serves on the PBATS Electronic Medical Records committee. In 2019, Schulman shared honors with Nick Paparesta and Jeff Collins as the Major League Athletic Training Staff of the year. He is also one of the recipients of the 2012 PBATs President’s Distinguished Service award for his work on the Electronic Medical Records. Previously he was an assistant athletic trainer at the University of California, Berkeley from 2004-08 before being promoted to rehabilitation coordinator from 2008-10. He also served previous internships with the San Francisco 49ers in 2003-04 and the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2000, as well as a graduate assistant trainer position at Fresno State in 2001-03. He is a certified strength and conditioning coach (CSCS), holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from UC Santa Barbara (2001) and a Masters in Kinesiology from Fresno State (2003). He resides in San Ramon, California with his wife, Megan, and their two sons, Luke and Gavin.