Brandon McDaniel just completed his 10th year working in the field of strength and conditioning and his 8th year in professional baseball including the last three as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Prior to joining the Dodgers, he worked as a Performance Specialist for EXOS in the Department of Defense out of the Fort Meade Army Base near Baltimore, MD from 2010 to 2011. His primary responsibility was to design a comprehensive strength and conditioning program for each member of the Unit that he worked with that would better prepare them for their duties within the Army. Each soldier was thoroughly screened and then given a personalized program based on their strengths, limitations and job requirements.
Before working for EXOS, Brandon was a minor league Strength and Conditioning coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates working with the Gulf Coast League in 2007 and AA Altoona Curve in 2008 and 2009. During the 2007-2010 off-seasons he was a personal trainer for athletes and various other populations at Lifetime Fitness in Omaha Nebraska. In addition to his duties with the Dodgers, Brandon has served as a consult for TRIUS, a performance education group in Seoul, Korea from 2014 to the present. Brandon aids in building continuing education for Strength Coaches in other countries, specifically for the baseball population. He has spent time in Seoul, Korea and Okinawa, Japan with strength coaches, athletic trainers, physical therapists and surgeons, educating them on the importance of strength and conditioning for the prevention of injury.
A native of Council Bluffs, IA, Brandon earned three letters in football, 3 letters in baseball, 4 letters in track and field (shot put and discus) and 2 letters in power lifting at Thomas Jefferson High School in Council Bluffs, IA. After graduating high school in 2002, He enrolled at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD where he was a member of the baseball team for two years until the University discontinued the program due to Title IX. Following his time at the University of South Dakota, he transferred to Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska where he earned two letters in baseball and received a BS degree in Exercise Science in 2007. In 2009 he enrolled in the Master’s Program at A. T. Still University in Mesa, AZ and earned a Master’s Degree in Human Movement in 2010.
He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach (RSCC) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He also holds USAW, SFG Level 1, FMS, NASM PES and NASM CES certifications.
Brandon resides in Glendale, CA during the off-season with his wife of 6 years, Andrea with their two sons, Caleb age 2 and Turner age 1. His philosophy of strength and conditioning in professional baseball is a ground-based structure that includes efficient and quality movement while being able to express stability, mobility, strength, power and work capacity beyond the needs of an athlete based on their physical and mental profile. The Dodgers philosophy and methods are meant to enhance each athlete’s ability to express his talented skills on a nightly basis through the course of the season and player’s career. He believes that it is a privilege to lead the Dodgers organization of talented coaches and athletes in the field of strength and conditioning and that it is his duty to set a professional example thorough his actions, education and commitment to everyone who is a Dodger.
His hobbies include personal strength and conditioning, spending time with his wife and young children and attending sporting events in the Los Angeles area.