Brendon Huttmann just completed his 18th year working in the field of strength and conditioning and his 16th year in professional baseball including the last five (2012-2016) with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Huttman served as the Pirates Head Strength and Conditioning Coach from 2012-2015 before being named the Buccos’ Sports Science Coordinator in 2016. Prior to joining the Pirates, Brendon spent four years (2008-2011) as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Los Angeles Dodgers. His first experience in professional baseball was as a minor league Strength and Conditioning Coach; first for Kansas City in 2001 and then for the Rockies in 2002. He also served as the Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for the Indians from 2003-2007.
A native of Yankton, SD, Brendon earned four letters in baseball at Olathe South HS in Olathe, KS before enrolling at Hutchinson Community College in 1997, 2000 where he earned two more letters in baseball. Hutt then enrolled in the Exercise Science and Kinesiology Program at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS where he earned a BS degree in 2002. While a student at Kansas, Brendon worked as a volunteer Strength Coach for the Jay Hawks baseball team and as an Intern at the USOC in Lake Placid, NY in 2002.
Huttmann is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction (CSCS*D) and Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach with Distinction (RSCC*D) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He is also FMS-1 and CPR certified. His Professional Honors and Awards include PBSCCS Secretary from 2012 to 2015, PBSCCS President from 2015 to current and 2014 PBSCCS Strength Coach of the Year.
He resides in Cranberry Township, PA, with his wife, Leigh and daughters, Madeline (7) and Taylor (5) and son Jackson (3). His hobbies include running, biking, coffee, reading, time with family.
His philosophy on strength and conditioning in professional baseball includes the following:
- In order to develop personalized strength and conditioning programs, there must be an effective assessment program, and appropriate assessment points must be chosen before effective conditioning programs can be designed.
- Baseball strength and conditioning programs should utilize ground based, multi-joint free weight movements that create extension at the ankles, knees, and hips in resistance training, corrective exercise and personalized activation programs.
- Training programs must include an appropriate volume of Energy System Development (ESD) consistent with that utilized in game situations in order to expand athletic tolerance, durability and performance.
- Training programs must include personalized recovery programs designed to maximize regeneration after training sessions and between competitions.