Al Sandoval, the 2010 and 2012 Texas League Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year, just completed his 12th year in the strength and conditioning field and his 11th season in professional baseball. Al is currently the AAA Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Round Rock Express, the Texas Rangers Texas League affiliate. Prior to joining the Rangers as the High A S&C Coach in 2017, he worked for the Los Angeles Angels for 5 years. First as the AA coach from 2012-13 and later as the Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator from 2014-16. His first job in pro baseball was as a Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Colorado Rockies. Al was the Rockies Rookie Ball coach in 2007 and the AA coach from 2008-11.
A native of Colorado, Al graduated from Pueblo East High School in 2004, where he earned 4 letters in baseball. After high school, he attended Baton Rouge Community College in Baton Rouge, LA where he lettered in baseball before enrolling at Colorado State University – Pueblo when he earned a BS degree in Exercise Science in 2008 and 3 varsity letters in baseball. While at CSU – Pueblo, Al gained valuable experience by working at graduate assistant in baseball 2007.
He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach with Distinction (RSCC*D) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He also holds CPR/AED and First Aid certifications through the American Red Cross.
Al resides in Centennial, CO during the off-season with his wife, Kristine and his 13-year old son Landon and 16-year old son Carter. His hobbies include spending quality time with his family, reading, and golf.
His philosophy of strength and conditioning in professional baseball is to help athletes develop as much strength as possible then teach them to use that strength to put force into the ground in a quick, timely matter. Al believes that when teaching and coaching athletes, coaches should simplify drills, exercises and lifts so that they can work in proper biomechanical positions that will transfer to the sport of baseball. Coaches should not underestimate the importance of the basic principles of exercise science and use technology as a tool to validate the training process and not allow it to dictate the process.