Dodgers hire former Giants trainer Stan Conte

LOS ANGELES -- Former San Francisco Giants trainer Stan Conte was hired Friday by the Los Angeles Dodgers as director of medical services and head athletic trainer.

Stan Johnston, who spent the last seven seasons as the Dodgers' head athletic trainer, will remain with the organization's training staff and work directly with Conte on all club medical issues.

"Stan is an expert in physical therapy and conditioning in professional sports and when he became available, we jumped at the chance to add him to our team," Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said. "He is a progressive thinker and a leader in this field."

The Giants announced Oct. 16 that Conte was leaving the organization, where he spent 15 years and was the head trainer the past seven seasons. He dealt with several of Barry Bonds' health problems, including the slugger's three operations on his right knee in 2005.

"I have the utmost respect for the Dodger organization and am here to make a program that is very good even better," Conte said.

One of the few athletic trainers to hold an additional credential in physical therapy as well as athletic training, Conte helped redesign the Giants' strength and conditioning program in 1997. Before his promotion to head trainer in 2000, he served as the team's assistant athletic trainer and coordinator of strength and rehabilitation for eight seasons.

"Stan and I have known each other professionally for years and as the club continues to invest in its health and conditioning programs he will be a valuable addition to the team," Johnston said.

In his new role, Conte will oversee all of the Dodgers' medical programs, including athletic training, physical therapy, rehabilitation, strength and conditioning and the club's relationship with Athlete Performance Institute (API), which began last season.

He will also oversee the training, strength and conditioning of the Dodgers' minor-league players.

Conte graduated from Cal State Northridge in 1978 and is currently enrolled at Boston University in the doctorate of physical therapy program.