Donna Papangellin is in her eighth year as the baseball athletic trainer at Rice University.
A native of the San Francisco Peninsula, Donna earned her bachelor's degree in Physical Education, and a certificate in Athletic Training, from California State University, Long Beach, and then became certified as an Athletic Trainer through the National Athletic Trainers' Association. Papangellin is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist, having earned that distinction through the National Strength and Conditioning Association in 1997.
Papangellin began her athletic training career as the head athletic trainer at Los Angeles Harbor College, before moving to Fresno, CA, where she became the athletic training coordinator for the Sports Medicine Center at Saint Agnes Medical Center. While working at Saint Agnes, Papangellin was offered the opportunity to serve as the athletic trainer for the Fresno Suns, a Single-A baseball club that was co-opted to several major league organizations, as well as the Hanshin Tigers of the Japanese league.
From the Fresno Suns, Papangellin then moved on to the Texas Rangers organization, working her way up to Double-A before leaving the Rangers. After a stint in the Arizona Fall League in 1994, Papangellin joined the San Francisco Giants organization, where she rapidly progressed to the Triple-A level, and eventually was named the Minor League Rehabilitation Coordinator. After seven seasons with the Giants, Papangellin left the organization, and baseball, to stay closer to home with her then-teenage step-daughter, Laura, and Doug Henderson, her husband.
During her years in professional baseball, Papangellin had the honor of working the 1993 Texas League All-Star game, and was named the 1999 Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers' Society (PBATS) Texas League Trainer of the Year, and 1999 PBATS Minor League Trainer of the Year.