S. Ripley Graduate Becomes Baltimore Orioles’ Head Athletic Trainer
By Mike Perleberg
Brian Ebel. Photo provided.
(Baltimore, Md.) – A Ripley County native has been named the new head athletic trainer for a major league baseball team.
Brian Ebel is a 1984 graduate of South Ripley High School. On Monday, the Baltimore Orioles announced that the 51-year-old has been promoted to be the team’s new head athletic trainer.
Ebel has been with the Orioles organization for 34 years and has been on the major league training staff for the past 21 seasons.
According to the Orioles, Ebel began his career in 1985 at the age of 19 when he served as the head athletic trainer for the rookie league Bluefield Orioles during summer breaks from college. He then moved up to Class-A Erie (1988), and Double-A Hagerstown (1989-91), and served as the minor league medical coordinator (1992-1996) before being named the Orioles’ assistant athletic trainer in 1996.
He was a recipient of the 2011 Major League Athletic Training staff of the year award along with then-head trainer Richie Bancells, who is retiring.
After graduation from South Ripley, Ebel earned a degree at Eastern Kentucky University and now holds an MBA from Johns Hopkins University. He is an active member of the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society and served on their Executive Board from 1999 until 2005.