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Alumni Spotlight - Nick Frangella

Nick Frangella, 2004 Phys Ed-Athletic Training
Nick Frangella, 2004 Phys Ed-Athletic Training

Nick Frangella, 2004 Phys Ed-Athletic Training, is the Minor League Athletic Training and Performance Coordinator for the Chicago Cubs in Mesa, AZ. Nick oversees minor league athletic trainers and works one-on-one with injured rehab players so they can return to play at the year round facility. Some of the injuries currently being rehabbed are ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction, rotator cuff repair, and shoulder labrum repair. He oversees 9 Certified Athletic Trainers in 7 cities (Des Moines, IA, Kodak, TN, Daytona Beach, FL, Geneva, IL, Boise, ID, Mesa, AZ and Dominican Republic). Through his work he has worked with elite athletes while traveling around the United States and the Dominican Republic.

Nick has met iconic Baseball Hall of Fame players including Ron Santo, Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, and has worked directly with Greg Maddux, Sammy Sosa, Ryne Sandberg, and Jody Davis. The demands of the job require him to be on call 24 hours a day. But it is all worth it because of his key role in making the athletic training staff better which, in turn, helps to serve the players better and keep them on the field.

Nick’s favorite memories from his time at Illinois State University include his classmates and the connections he made. He still keeps in touch with athletic training students and the faculty. When asked what advice Nick would give to current Athletic Training students who will be looking for employment after college he replied, “Always be looking to learn and to increase your knowledge and skills. Be as well-rounded as possible and don’t be afraid to try new things!”

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