Donna Papangellin, ATC, CSCS, is in her ninth year as the baseball athletic trainer at Rice University.
A native of the San Francisco peninsula, Papangellin earned her bachelor’s degree in physical education and a certificate in athletic training from Long Beach State 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 the 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, Calif., 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 minor league baseball team that was co-opted to several major league organizations, as well as the Hanshin Tigers of the Japanese league.
From the Fresno Suns, Papangellin moved on to the Texas Rangers organization, starting in class A with the Charlotte Rangers of the Florida State League, and then moving up to AA Tulsa of the Texas League. After a stint in the Arizona Fall League in 1994, she joined the San Francisco Giants organization, where she rapidly progressed to the AAA level and eventually was named the Minor League Rehabilitation Coordinator. After seven seasons with the Giants, she left the organization, and baseball, to stay closer to family.
During her years in professional baseball, Papangellin had the honor of working the 1993 Texas League All-Star game. She was named the 1999 Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers’ Society (PBATS) Texas League Trainer of the Year. Papangellin was the 1999 PBATS Minor League Trainer of the Year.
She is married to Doug Henderson, and has two step-daughters, Jessica & Laura. Donna and Doug are the proud grandparents of Maya, Liberty, Kaiden and Colby.