Athletic Trainer Bios
San Diego Padres
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Head Athletic Trainer

Mark Rogow

Mark Rogow, 50, enters his fifth season with the Padres as their Head Athletic Trainer. Mark joined the Padres after five years with the U.S. Dept. of Defense, serving as Sports Medicine Pro- gram Manager for Naval Special Warfare (Navy SEALs) Group 1 – NAB Coronado. Prior to work- ing for the D.O.D., Mark spent 20 years working in professional baseball. He was the Minor League Medical Coordinator for the New York Mets for five seasons (2006-10) and 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 from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Sciences. Mark resides in Carlsbad, Calif with his wife, Cheryl, and their three children, Spencer, Preston and Hayden.

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Asst. Athletic Trainer

Ben Fraser

Ben Fraser, 35, is entering his first season as an Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Padres after spending the last two seasons as the Minor League Athletic Training Coordinator for the Padres. Prior to joining the Padres, Fraser spent five season as the Assistant Athletic Training Coordinator for the Seattle Mariners from 2013-2017 and spent four seasons as a minor league athletic trainer with the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2009-2012. Ben graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin with a Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training and Exercise Leadership and earned his Master’s Degree in Athletic Training from Indiana State University. A native of Racine, WI, Ben resides in Surprise, AZ with his wife, Melissa, and their daughter, Harper.

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Asst. Athletic Trainer

Kevin Pillifant

Kevin, 42, enters his second season with the Padres as the Assistant Athletic Trainer. Kevin joined 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 Northern California in the off season to spend time with his daughter, Aveline.

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Asst. Athletic Trainer

Ricky Huerta

Ricky Huerta, 34, enters his first season as an Assistant Athletic Trainer, spending the last 10 years working at multiple levels throughout the Padres minor league system. While working in the minor leagues he was chosen as one of the Arizona Fall League Athletic Trainers in 2012 and 2016. In 2018 Ricky was voted by his peers as Athletic Trainer of the Year for the California League. Ricky resides in San Diego, CA with his wife, Brittany, and their son Jayden, and daughters Juliana and Jaylynn.