Athletic Trainer Bios
Oakland Athletics
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Head Athletic Trainer

Nick Paparesta

Nick, 45, is entering his seventh 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 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), 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.” Nick and his wife, Kristel, reside in Dublin, CA with son Noah and daughter Alaina.

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Asst. Athletic Trainer

Jeff Collins

Jeff Collins, 44, is entering his second season as an Assistant Athletic Trainer with the Oakland 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. 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. They have a daughter, Breanne, who’s currently working towards her PhD in International Relations and Political Psychology.

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Asst. Athletic Trainer

Brian Schulman

Brian Schulman, 38, enters his eighth year as an assistant athletic trainer with the Oakland Athletics. He spent the previous seven years as the rehabilitation coordinator and assistant athletic trainer with the University of California, Berkeley. In 2010, Schulman lectured at the PBATS annual meeting discussing “An Unusual Cause of Pain in a Collegiate Baseball Pitcher.” While at Cal, Schulman worked with the Baseball, Men’s Water Polo, Women’s Soccer, and Swimming and Diving programs. In 2006 and 2007 he was part of back to back NCAA Water Polo championship teams. Prior to his time at Cal, Schulman was an intern athletic trainer with the San Francisco 49ers during the 2003 season. Currently Schulman serves on the PBATS Electronic Medical Records committee. He is also a member of the NSCA as a certified strength and conditioning specialist. A swimming, cycling, and running enthusiast, Schulman also enjoys cooking and resides in San Ramon, CA with his wife, Megan, and sons, Luke and Gavin.