Athletic Trainer Bios
San Diego Padres
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Head Athletic Trainer

Mark Rogow

Mark Rogow, 49, enters his fourth season with the Padres as their Head Athletic Trainer. Mark joined the Padres after five years with the United States Department of Defense, serving as Sports Medicine Program Manager for Naval Special Warfare (Navy SEALs) at NSW Group 1 – NAB Coronado. Prior to working for the D.O.D., Mark spent 20 years working in professional baseball, most recently as the Minor League Medical Coordinator for the New York Mets for five seasons (2006-10). Prior to the Mets, he worked for the Pittsburgh Pirates organization from 1991-2005. He was the Pirates’ Major League Assistant Athletic Trainer and Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for five seasons (2001-05) and in 2002 he and the Pirates’ Major League Athletic Training Staff were voted by their peers as Major League Athletic Training Staff of the Year. Prior to being with the major league club he served as their Minor League Athletic Training/Rehab/Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for four seasons (1997-2000). He also served as their athletic trainer for the Carolina Mudcats (1996), Bradenton Pirates (1991-95) and in the offseason worked as an athletic trainer for the Chandler Diamondbacks (1994) in the Arizona Fall League and with the Honolulu Sharks (1996) of the Hawaiian Winter League. Mark graduated with honors from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Sciences in 1991 and earned his certification in massage therapy from the Florida School of Massage in 1991. He is a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) with the National Athletic Trainers’ Association as well as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Mark resides in Carlsbad, Calif with his wife, Cheryl, and their three children, Spencer, Preston and Hayden.

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Asst. Athletic Trainer

Michael Salazar

Michael Salazar, 43, is entering his first season as an Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Padres after spending the last seven seasons as an Assistant Athletic Trainer and Athletic Training Coordinator for the Cleveland Indians. Salazar spent 11 season as a minor league athletic trainer for the Cleveland Indians at all levels from 2000-2011. Prior to working with the Tribe, Michael spent one season in the Atlanta Braves organization as a minor league athletic trainer. Michael was also appointed to the position of Head Athletic Trainer for the Dominican Team during the first two World Baseball Classics. He spent two off seasons (2004 & 2011) working for the Aguilas, a winter ball team in the Dominican Republic. In 2016 he shared the honor of being named to the “Major League Athletic Training Staff of the Year” along with Lonnie Soloff, James Quinlan, and Jeff Desjardins. Michael obtained his undergraduate degree at Manchester University, in North Manchester, IN and completed his graduate work at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Most recently Michael completed his Doctor of Athletic Training degree (DAT) from A. T. Still University in December 2018. A native of Chicago, Salazar currently resides in Columbus, OH.

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Asst. Athletic Trainer

Kevin Pillifant

Kevin, 41, enters his first season with the Padres as the second Assistant Athletic Trainer. Kevin joins the Padres after spending 5 years with The Steadman Clinic in Vail, CO, serving as an Athletic Trainer. While working with Dr. Steadman in Vail, Kevin was responsible for providing post-surgical rehabilitation. In addition to the clinic, he has worked with the United States National Ski and Snowboard Teams as well as the United States Paralympic Ski Team in the capacity of the teams’ Head Athletic Trainer. He had the honor to be a part of the medical staff for the 2010 Winter Paralympic Games in Vancouver. Prior to that, Kevin spent 14 years working in professional baseball with the Chicago White Sox minor league organization. While with the White Sox, he worked in various capacities mainly working at the lower levels and assisting with rehabilitation responsibilities. He was voted by his peers as Athletic Trainer of the Year for the Pioneer League in 2008. In the off season, Kevin is contracted by the NFL as a concussion spotter (since 2016) as well as continues to be a part of the medical staff for the ESPN X Games in Aspen (since 2008). Kevin graduated with honors from Bluefield College with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine/Athletic Training and earned his Master’s in Kinesiology from San Jose State University. He is a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) with the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (since 1999). Kevin resides in Eagle, CO with his wife, Jocelyn, and their daughter, Aveline.