Head Athletic Trainer
Rick “Griff” Griffin, 60, began his career in sports medicine as a teacher/athletic trainer at Winston Churchill High School in Eugene, Ore. in 1977. A native of Brigham City, Utah, Griffin moved to professional baseball in 1978 when he became an athletic trainer for the Eugene Emeralds, a Cincinnati Reds Minor League affiliate. In 1981, Griffin became a full-time athletic trainer for the Seattle-based Sports Medicine Clinic, before accepting the position of head athletic trainer for the Seattle Mariners in 1983. In May of 2015 Griffin worked his 5,000th game for the Mariners. A member of the NATA, ACSM, and the NWATS, Griffin has served as PBATS American League Athletic Trainer Representative from 1989-95, and worked at the MLB All-Star games in 1987, 1995, 2001, and 2010. He toured Japan with the Major League All-Stars in 1996 and lectured in Japan in 1994, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2014 and 2015. Griffin provides health care to the Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals and is an avid hunter and fisherman. He lives in Bothell, Wash.