Professional Baseball Strength & Conditioning

JD Howell, CSCS, RSCC – Oakland Athletics

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JD Howell, the 2015 and 2017 Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year, just completed his 9th year in the strength and conditioning field and his 5th in professional baseball. JD earned his first MiLB Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year Award while working with Oakland’s Midwest League Class A Beloit Snappers in Beloit, WI and the second while working with Oakland’s New York Penn League Short-Season Vermont Lake Monsters in Burlington, VT.

Prior to joining the A’s in 2013, he gained valuable experience while serving as a strength and conditioning intern for the Leigh University Football Team from 2008-2010 and then as a volunteer strength and conditioning coach for East Stroudsburg University from 2010-2012. JD also worked at Stanford University in 2012 as intern in Sports Performance and Olympic Sports and then as an intern and assistant strength and conditioning coach at Albright College (2012-2013). In 2016, he joined the Exercise Science faculty at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ as an Adjunct Professor.

A native of Northampton, PA, JD graduated from Northampton High School in Northampton, PA where he earned letters in football and track and field. After high school, JD attended East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, PA where played football and earned a BS degree in Exercise Physiology in 2011 and a MS degree in Exercise Science in 2014.

JD is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach (RSCC) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He also holds CES, PES, FMS-1 and First Aid certifications.

JD resides in Phoenix, AZ during the off-season with his fiancé, Emily. His hobbies include bowling, hiking, golf and reading non-fiction books.

His philosophy of strength and conditioning in professional baseball is as follows:

“First and foremost, I believe in the principle of overload to achieve progress. There are many different philosophies in which different forms of overload can be achieved. I believe the most important factor is structural balance. A pyramid will only be as tall and stable as its base. So, building a program that is structured around a quality, controlled movement foundation, will open up a great range of possibilities to help young men become incredible athletes.”  


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