Mark is entering his first season as the Athletic Trainer for the Thunderbirds. Mark is also an Athletic Trainer for the Baltimore Orioles, working for their AAA minor league affiliate Norfolk Tides (2007). Prior to the Tides, Shires worked with Bowie Baysox (2004-2006), Frederick Keys (2001-03), the 2000 SAL champion Delmarva Shorebirds, and the Gulf Coast League Orioles (1999). At the end of the 2007 minor league season, Mark was asked to complete the Major League season assisting the Athletic Training Staff for the Orioles. Mark was twice named Athletic Trainer of the Year for the Carolina League (2001 and 2003). Mark earned his Bachelor's Degree from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 1998 and his Master's Degree in Exercise Science from California University of Pennsylvania in 2004. Mark is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers Association. Shires and his wife Alison currently live in Albuquerque, NM. Mark’s Hobbies include reading and playing golf.