Ed Yong, MS, CSCS, RYT
Ed Yong is a “Rock Star” among baseball strength and conditioning coaches. He has been in the field for 17 years and has been named Northwest League Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year six times by the Professional Baseball Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society (PBSCCS). His six Coach of the Year Awards (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2019) were all with the Spokane Indians, an affiliate of the Texas Rangers, and are the most in professional baseball at any level.
Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Ed and his family moved to Phoenix, AZ when he was just 2 months old. After graduating from Camelback HS in Phoenix where he participated in track and field, cross-country and soccer, Ed earned a BS degree in Geography with a minor in Exercise Science from Arizona State University in 2000 and later earned a MS in Kinesiology from A. T. Still University at Arizona School of Health Sciences in 2008.
His first job in professional baseball was as a spring training intern for the Chicago Cubs in 2003. From 2004-2007, he was a minor league strength and conditioning coach in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. He coached Low A in South Bend, IN in 2004, AA in Knoxville, TN in 2005 and 2006 and AAA in Tucson, AZ in 2007. He joined the Texas Rangers organization in 2009 and has been with the Short-Season Spokane Indians for 11 seasons.
Ed was the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for the Chinese Olympic Baseball Team in 2008. While preparing for the 2008 Olympics, Ed’s team trained in Guangzhou and Beijing, China, participated in extended spring training in Arizona, played games in the Golden Baseball League and the New England Collegiate Baseball League.
He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT), NASM-PES, CPT, CES and Balanced Body Pilates Instructor.
His philosophy on strength and conditioning in professional baseball is…To be a complete athlete, you need to be disciplined in all facets of physical activity. You cannot just lift weights and expect good results. You need to put the time and effort into your strength, conditioning, mobility and mental preparation in order to have the career that you desire.
Ed and his wife of 16 years, Tammie, have two children, Braydon age 8 and Kyra age 6. His hobbies are spending time with family, lifting weights, practicing and teaching yoga, running, hiking and improving mediation practice. Ed and his wife have visited all 7 continents. He traveled during college, spending a semester in Spain and a summer in Ireland. His travels have taken him and his wife to China, South Korea, Paris, Athens, Rome, Australia, New Zealand, Africa and Antarctica.
Ed’s comments to his peers and those thinking of entering the field are: “I am thankful to be in this field for as long as I have. I am even more grateful for my loving family that has supported me from day 1 and the countless individuals from whom I have learned. The experience and the people you meet in this game are indescribable and should never be taken for granted.