Head Athletic Trainer
Toronto Blue Jays
George Poulis, 51, begins his seventeenth year with the Toronto Blue Jays and his fourteenth year as the head athletic trainer with the Blue Jays’ Major League Club after serving as the assistant athletic trainer for two and a half years. Prior to the Blue Jays, he was an athletic trainer in the San Diego Padres’ Minor League system for 10 years. George got his first experience with professional sports in 1986 as an athletic training intern for the NFL’s Cleveland Browns Football Club. A Cleveland native, George earned his undergraduate degree from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, and earned his master’s degree from the University of Alabama. He worked his way up through the Padres’ Minor League system with stops in Waterloo, Iowa (Class A); Wichita, Kan.; Memphis, Tenn.; Mobile, Ala. (Class AA); and Las Vegas, NV (Class AAA). At the conclusion of the 1998 Minor League season, George assisted the San Diego Padres’ Athletic Training Staff during the 1998 playoffs and World Series. During the off-season, George and his wife, Jenny, live in Florida with their three daughters, Lainey, Evy, and Nicki.