Professional Baseball Strength & Conditioning

Chris Messina, MS, RSCC, Boston Red Sox

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Chris Messina, MS, RSCC, Boston Red Sox

Chris Messina just completed his 5th year in professional baseball. A native of Charleston, SC Chris graduated from Dunkirk High School in Dunkirk, NY where he earned two letters in baseball and ice hockey and one letter in soccer. After high school, he earned a BS in Exercise Science from S.U.N.Y. Fredonia in 2013. He then enrolled in the graduate program at Salisbury University in Salisbury, MD where he earned a Master of Science degree in Applied Health Physiology in 2015. While enrolled at Salisbury, he gained valuable experience working as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach in baseball, softball and women’s soccer. He also served as an intern in Strength and Conditioning in football, baseball and women’s soccer at TCU in the summer of 2014.

In 2015, he entered the field of strength and conditioning in professional baseball as a minor league strength and conditioning coach with the Pittsburgh Pirates Appalachian League Bristol Pirates. In 2016, he joined the Boston Red Sox organization as the minor league strength and conditioning coach for the Eastern League Portland Sea Dogs, a position he held for three seasons. In fall of 2016, he also worked for the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League. In 2019, the Red Sox promoted him to their AAA International League team, the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Chris is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach (RSCC) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).  He is also a First Aid certified by the American Red Cross and was the PBSCCS Eastern League Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year in 2018,

He resides in Phoenix, AZ during the off-season with his wife of 2 years, Kerrin. His hobbies include spending time with wife, spending time with his dog, Luna, reading, and hosting the PBSCCS Podcast.

His philosophy of strength and conditioning in professional baseball is as follows: “Coaches should help put each athlete in the best possible position to succeed on the field of play. Combining a strong work ethic with a consistent and disciplined approach to all facets of preparation – strength training, conditioning, nutrition, hydration, recovery, etc., – will provide athletes the best opportunity to achieve success.”



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