Cardinals promote Olsen to head athletic trainer

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals have promoted from within to fill their open head athletic trainer position, announcing on Wednesday that they have given the job to Adam Olsen.

Olsen, 38, spent the past six seasons as an assistant athletic trainer/physical therapist for the Cardinals and has been a part of the club's medical staff for the past 10 seasons. In this role, left vacant by Greg Hauck last month, Olsen will oversee the Cards training staff's day-to-day operations.

In searching for Hauck's successor, general manager John Mozeliak said he considered external candidates before ultimately narrowing the list down to two internal options -- Olsen and Chris Conroy, also an assistant trainer for the big league club. Mozeliak said that he felt Olsen fit best in the role.

"I just felt like the timing for him to take this step forward made sense," Mozeliak explained. "From a relationship standpoint, he has worked with everyone on our staff. He understands the administrative side of this job. We were fortunate because between Chris Conroy and Adam Olsen, we had two talented people to choose from, and ultimately I think the paperwork side of the job was something that Adam was fine with, and Chris, not so much."

Conroy will remain on staff in his same position. Olsen is expected to make other changes and/or additions.

Olsen is a native of Green Bay, Wis., who graduated from Auburn University. He received his Athletic Training Certification at Auburn and also earned a Master's degree in physical therapy from the University of Wisconsin. He completed a post-professional sports physical therapy fellowship at the American Sports Medicine Institute, working with Dr. James Andrews and Kevin Wilk in Birmingham, Ala.

Hauck spent four seasons as the Cardinals' head athletic trainer and 10 years with the club overall. Like Olsen, he spent six seasons as an assistant athletic trainer for St. Louis before being promoted. Hauck resigned from his position in November, citing the desire to spend more time with his family.

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