Athletic Trainer Bios
Philadelphia Phillies
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Head Athletic Trainer

Paul Buchheit

Paul, 39, enters his third season as head athletic trainer with the Philadelphia Phillies. He previously served as an assistant athletic trainer for the Boston Red Sox from 2016-2019. Prior to being an assistant athletic trainer, Paul spent 10 years in the Boston Red Sox minor league system. He held the position of athletic training / medical coordinator from 2012-2015 and prior to that he spent six years as a head athletic trainer at the minor league affiliates. Paul is a native of Sioux City, IA where he became interested in professional baseball as an athletic training intern with the Sioux City Explorers, an independent league baseball team. Paul is a certified athletic trainer and a certified strength and conditioning specialist. Outside of baseball Paul enjoys spending time with his wife Allison and his four children Hayden, Noah, Heidi, and Nash. They currently reside in Media, PA.

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Assistant Athletic Trainer

Joe Rauch

Joe Rauch was promoted to the 1st Assistant Athletic Trainer Position for the 2022 season. He previously served as the Major League Physical Therapist for two years with the Philadelphia Phillies. He joined the Phillies in January of 2015 as Minor League Athletic Training and Rehabilitation Coordinator. Prior to being hired, Joe worked for NovaCare Rehabilitation in the Philadelphia market and was the physical therapist for LaSalle University Athletics. He spent the previous 5 years at the University of Cincinnati, most recently as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Athletics Department and Coordinator of Rehabilitation for the Bearcats Football, Basketball and Baseball teams. Joe is a 2005 graduate from the University of Pittsburgh with a BS in Rehabilitation Science and a concentration in Athletic Training. In 2009, he received his DPT from Widener University in Chester, PA. He completed the NovaCare/University of Cincinnati Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program in 2010. In 2014, Joe became a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy. Born in Columbus, Ohio, Joe currently resides in Clearwater, Florida.

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Assistant Athletic Trainer

Aaron Hoback

Aaron Hoback, 39, enters his third season as an assistant athletic trainer with the Philadelphia Phillies. Prior to being named to his current position, Aaron spent the previous 13 seasons in the Milwaukee Brewers organization after working as the athletic trainer with the Rookie Level Helena Brewers (2007-08), Low-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (2009), Double-A Huntsville Stars (2010-12), Triple-A Nashville Sounds (2013-2014), Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox (2015-2018), and Triple-A San Antonio Missions (2019). Aaron graduated from Western Illinois University in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology. He served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer for the Wichita State baseball team in 2006 and also served as an intern athletic trainer with the St. Louis Cardinals (2004 & 2005) and the St. Louis Rams (2004). He is certified as an Athletic Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist & Performance Enhancement Specialist (National Academy of Sports Medicine), Fascial Distortion Model (total body), Certified Kinesiotape Practitioner, Functional Range Release (UE), and Level 1 MovNat instructor. Aaron was born in Springfield, Mo., and resides in Maryville, IL with his wife Kathryn and son Wesley.

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Assistant Athletic Trainer

Christian Bermudez

Christian Bermúdez, 33, enters his first season as an assistant athletic trainer with the Philadelphia Phillies and 10th overall in professional baseball. He joined the Phillies last year, serving as the athletic trainer for triple-A Lehigh Valley. Before his time with the Phillies, he worked for the Houston Astros organization for eight years. During his time with the Astros, he served as an athletic trainer at various levels and spent 2017 as the club’s Latin American medical coordinator. In the winter of 2014-2015, he served as the head athletic trainer for Los Caribes de Anzoategui, in the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League. They represented Venezuela in the 2015 Caribbean Series. Christian was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and graduated from the University of South Florida in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training. He currently resides in Clermont, FL with his fiance Daysi and children Keylis and Xavier.