Brendon Huttmann was named the Pirates Major League Strength and Conditioning Coach on October 24, 2011. He spent the previous four seasons (2008-2011) in the same capacity with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Prior to joining the Dodgers, Huttmann spent five seasons (2003-07) in the Cleveland organization. From 2003 to 2006 he served as a minor league strength coach (AA / AAA). Then, in 2007, was promoted to Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator / Major League Assistant strength coach where he served two seasons. Additionally, in 2002, he worked for the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) prior to the 2002 Olympics with athletes preparing for the Winter Olympic Games. He also worked as a minor league strength coach in the Colorado organization in 2002.
Huttmann is a 2002 graduate of the University of Kansas, where he worked with the Jayhawks baseball team and earned a degree in exercise science and kinesiology. He was also a member of the Hutchinson Community College baseball team where he earned his associates degree.
Brendon has served as the PBSCCS Secretary and is a Certified and Registered (CSCS-R) Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Additionally, he has been attending the annual Strength Coach meetings since he became a strength coach in 2006.
Matthew C. Krause just completed his first season as head strength and conditioning coach for the New York Yankees after serving in the same capacity for the Reds organization for 11 years. He spent his first 2 seasons as the organization’s minor league strength and conditioning coordinator. Prior to joining the Reds, Krause spent 3 years in the Pittsburgh system, where he served as the strength coach at Class A Hickory (2000) and then as minor league strength and conditioning coordinator (2001-02). From 1997-00, Krause was the assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Central Florida. He also worked as an intern with the Chicago Cubs’ Class A affiliate at Daytona in 1999 and as a volunteer intern with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during their training camp in 1998.
Krause earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science from East Carolina University in 1997 and his master’s degree in physical education and wellness from Central Florida in 1999. He is a Certified and Registered (CSCS-R) Strength and Conditioning coach from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and a NATA Certified Athletic Trainer. He also holds a certification from the USWF Club Coach level. Matt is a member of the NSCA Performance Committee and a speaker for the NSCA Coaches Conferences.
Matthew is the Vice President of the Professional Baseball Strength & Conditioning Coaches Society (PBSCCS). He has been a speaker and a participant of the PBSCCS since 2002.
He is a former member of the U.S. Marine Corps. Krause lives in South Venice, FL with his wife Luz Maria, daughter Olivia and son Matthew.
Jake Beiting was named Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Houston Astros in November of 2012. He spent the previous 5 seasons (2008-2012) working as the Minor League S&C Coordinator for the Cleveland Indians. Prior to that Jake also worked as a Minor League S&C Coach (2007) and intern (2004-05) for the Indians. He spent one year (2006-07) working as a Graduate Assistant S&C Coach for the University of South Florida, primarily working with the football and cross country programs. This is Jake’s first year serving as Secretary for the PBSCCS. He was previously the AL Minor League rep for the PBSCCS in 2012. Jake is a NSCA registered strength and conditioning coach (CSCS-R) and USA Weightlifting certified club coach. He has a BA from John Carroll University (2006) and a MA from the University of South Florida (2008).
Joe Kessler is in his sixth season as the Major League Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Cleveland Indians after being named to the position on January 8, 2010. Kessler, 33, originally joined the Indians organization in March of 2009. He spent the 2009 season as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach in Goodyear, Arizona, where he worked with players based out of the Goodyear complex and assisted those who were rehabilitating from previous injuries.
Kessler’s previous experience includes two years as the Director of Athletic Development for OAK Athletic Development in Bourbonnais, IL and also spent two seasons as a Strength and Conditioning Assistant with the Indianapolis Colts from 2005-07 after interning with the Chicago Bears in 2004.
Joe is a 2004 graduate of Illinois State University where he majored in kinesiology with a concentration in exercise science. He is a Certified and Registered (CSCS-R) Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Additionally, he has been attending the annual Strength Coach meetings since he became a major league strength coach in 2010.