Joe Kessler just completed his 14th year working in the field of strength and conditioning and his 9th year in professional baseball including the last seven (2010-2016) as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Cleveland Indians. Prior to being named the Tribes’ Head of Strength and Conditioning in 2010, Joe spent the 2009 season as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Indians in Goodyear, AZ where he worked with players based out of the Goodyear complex and assisted players who were rehabilitating from previous injuries. His experience prior to becoming involved with professional baseball includes two years (2007-2009) as the Director of Athletic Development for OAK Athletic Development in Bourbonnais, IL, two seasons as a Strength and Conditioning Assistant with the Indianapolis Colts (2005-07) and an intern with the Chicago Bears (2004).
A native of Coal City, IL Joe earned four letters in football at Coal City HS where he was twice named to the All-Conference and All-Area football teams and received Honorable Mention All-State during his senior year (2000). He also lettered four times in baseball and powerlifting and was the Illinois HS State Powerlifting Champion in 2000.
After high school, he earned one letter in football at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI before transferring to Illinois State University in Normal, IL where he earned a BS in Exercise Science in 2004.
Joe is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach with Distinction (RSCC*D) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He is also FMS and CPR certified.
He resides in Fairview Park, OH during the off-season with his wife of 7 years, Amy and two children Isabelle (age 6) and Louden (age 2). His hobbies include movies, bow hunting and working out.
His philosophy on strength and conditioning in professional baseball includes the following:
To help each athlete reach their full individual potential and minimize the risk of injury through physical development practices that focus on the foundation of movement quality, developing meaningful consistent routines, through committed processes performed with intent.