Mark Smith, named the Ravens’ head certified athletic trainer in May 2011, is in his 28th season with the franchise. One of the NFL’s longest-tenured trainers, Smith was appointed to his current position following the retirement of Bill Tessendorf, who worked with the club for 38 years.
1996-2012: (with Baltimore) 2011: Named the Ravens’ head certified athletic trainer in May. 1996: Was one of 28 employees invited to join the team during the franchise’s move to Baltimore.
1985-95: (with Cleveland) 1989: Smith served on a crew that was honored as the “NFL’s Athletic Training Staff of the Year” by the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society...The group was recognized at the annual Ed Block Courage Awards banquet held each March in Baltimore. 1985: Joined the Browns as an assistant trainer...Also worked for the Browns’ training staff during their 1979-85 training camps while he was employed full-time at Kent State.
1978-85: (with Kent State) Joined the training staff at Kent State, where he initially served as a graduate assistant in 1978 but was hired on a full-time basis shortly thereafter...Also worked for the Browns’ training staff during their 1979-85 training camps.
COLLEGE/PERSONAL: Graduated from Ball State with a B.S. in health education and a minor in athletic training (1978)...Mark and his wife, Peggy, have a daughter, Lyndsey, and son, Mark...A graduate student studying art history, Lyndsey attends York University in England and is a member of its PhD program...As an undergrad, she was a four-year letter-winner on the swim team at Penn State...Mark is a senior pitcher on the Bridgewater College baseball team...He was named the Carroll County Player of the Year as a senior at Westminster (MD) HS in 2009.