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Jeffrey S. Cooper, a Conrad High School and University of Delaware graduate, is a longtime athletic trainer for the Philadelphia Phillies whose career achievements place him at the pinnacle of his
profession. Cooper retired from full-time duties with the Phillies, but continues to serve as a consultant on potentially serious injuries. Cooper has traveled a long way since his student days at
Delaware, where he was student trainer for the Blue Hens football team. In 2003, he was named the National Athletic Trainers Association Most Outstanding Trainer of the Year. Cooper served as head
athletic trainer for three major league baseball All-Star games, and received the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society’s Major League Service Award in 1997. Cooper is an inductee of the
Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers Hall of Fame and the Delaware Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame. Cooper served as the Phillies’ assistant athletic trainer from 1976 through 1980. He was
promoted to head athletic trainer and held that job from 1981 through 2006. Cooper also worked as a trainer in the Phillies’ minor league system from 1970 through 1973. Cooper, Dallas Green, Brandy
Davis and Ruly Carpenter are the only Delawareans with World Series rings from the Phillies’ 1980 championship season. Cooper has received many other professional awards, including the Professional
Baseball Athletic Trainers Society’s Training Staff of the Year citation in 1994 and the University of Delaware Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement in 1993. He has written numerous
articles on athletic training techniques and theories published in professional journals. Cooper is a founding member and past president of the Baseball Athletic Trainers Society and was inducted
into the U.S. National Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame in 2012.



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