Chad Uihlein is beginning his 11th year working in professional baseball. An internship at Athlete’s Performance (now EXOS) in Phoenix, AZ while a student in 2006 led to him joining the Seattle Mariners as a strength and conditioning coach. After joining the Mariners in 2007, he has served the organization in several capacities. His first assignment was AA – West Tennessee in 2007, AAA – Tacoma in 2008 and returned to AA – West Tennessee in 2009. Following the 2009 season, he joined the Pittsburgh Pirates organization where he served as the strength and conditioning coach from 2010-2012 at the AA, AAA, and A+ levels. Chad returned to the Seattle Mariners in 2013 as the Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for one season before taking on his current role as the Major League Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach. His responsibilities include working directly with the Major League rehab trainer with injured players, scouting prospective technologies to aid in sports science, and assisting with player training programs.
A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Chad participated in baseball, football and soccer at Nicolet High School in Glendale, WI where he earned 3 letters in baseball, 2 in football and 1 in soccer. While in high school, he was twice named to the All-Conference Baseball Team and was the Conference player of the year in 1995. Upon graduation, Chad enrolled at Cardinal Strich University in Milwaukee, WI where he earned 2 letters in baseball and a BS in International Business in 2000. Upon graduation, he developed and operated a cleaning company in Milwaukee and worked as a personal trainer at a local YMCA before enrolling in the Kinesiology Program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he earned a second BS in Kinesiology in 2006. While working with the Pittsburgh Pirates Chad added a MS in Human Movement from A.T. Still University in Mesa, AZ in 2012.
Uihlein is a Registered and Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach with Distinction (RSSC*D) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He is also First-Aid and CPR certified and holds certifications from NASM, PES & CES and FMS Level 2.
Chad resides in Seattle, WA with his wife, Renee and 11-month old daughter, Raine. His hobbies include traveling, golf and following the stock market.
His philosophy on strength and conditioning in professional baseball includes the following elements: Test, Track, Train.
Chad believes that strength and conditioning in baseball is about maximizing the player’s potential to perform at his peak while minimizing the risks of injury.
- Test a player’s movement and fitness. Know what physical limitations will need to improve in order for the player to meet the demands of the sport and his position. This needs to be done consistently in order to maximize performance.
- Track the player’s training program. Know that what you are doing is working and the player is progressing. Don’t just give opinions, show the evidence and quantify the results.
- Train the player’s needs. Movement quality is the top priority. Consistently change personalized programs based upon the testing and tracking.