Athletic Trainer Bios
Tampa Bay Rays
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Head Athletic Trainer

Joe Benge

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Major League Medical Coordinator

Paul Harker

Paul Harker, 48, is in his 12th year as Major League Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Tampa Bay Rays. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University in 1991. Paul spent 6 seasons (1991-1996) working as a minor league athletic trainer for the Seattle Mariners organization. He was hired by the Rays organization in November of 1996. In 1997, he worked as the athletic trainer for the Rays Florida State League affiliate (St. Peters- burg Devil Rays), and then spent the 1998-2002 seasons as the athletic trainer for the Rays International League affiliate (Durham Bulls). During the 2003-2005 seasons, he served as the Rays minor league athletic training and rehabilitation coordinator. In December of 2005, Paul was promoted to the position of Major League Assistant Athletic Trainer. In 2009, Paul shared honors with Ron Porterfield and Nick Paparesta as “Major League Athletic Training Staff of the Year.” In 2015 Paul was honored to work the Major League All Star Game in Cincinnati. Paul, his wife Julie, and their children Derek, Cameron, and Paige reside in Parrish, Fla.

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Asst. Athletic Trainer

Mark Vinson

Mark begins his 12th season with the Rays organization and sixth in his current position of major league assistant athletic trainer. Previously he served as the minor league medical co- ordinator from 2008 through 2010 and as the athletic trainer for Durham in 2007, and Montgomery in 2006. He spent four years (2001-2004) as an athletic trainer in the Texas Rangers organization. Vinson received a Bachelor’s of Science in Athletic Training from Bluefield (Va.) College and earned a Master’s of Education at the University of Virginia in 1999. He has been a certified athletic trainer (ATC) since 1998, as well as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) since 2000. A native of Pearisburg, VA, Mark and his wife, Mary Carolyn, reside in St. Petersburg, FL.

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Asst. Athletic Trainer

Mike Sandoval

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