Name: Jose Vazquez
Organization: Texas Rangers
Title: Major League Strength and Conditioning Coach
Years working in professional baseball strength and conditioning: Entering his fourteenth year. Jose spent four years with the New York Mets serving first as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coordinator (2002-2004) and later as the Director of Rehabilitation (2005). This season will mark Jose’s 10th year as the Texas Rangers Major League Strength and Conditioning Coach.
Total years in strength and condition: Jose has 17 years of experience beginning as a Sports Physical Therapist for The Therapy Center in Knoxville, TN and Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge, TN from 1998-2001. He was also a co-founder of TNT Sports Specific Training in Knoxville, TN in 1998.
Education: University of Tennessee, BS Education (1994), Nova Southeastern University, Masters of Physical Therapy (1998).
Jose Vazquez is entering his 10th season as the Texas Rangers Major League Strength and Conditioning Coach. He spent four seasons with the New York Mets serving first as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coordinator (2002-2004) and later as the Director of Rehabilitation (2005).
Prior to joining the Mets, Jose was the Sports Physical Therapist for The Therapy Center in Knoxville, TN and Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge, TN from 1998-2001. He was also a co-founder of TNT Sports Specific Training in Knoxville in 1998.
A two-sport athlete, Jose was All Dade County in baseball and football in 1988 and All State at Central Florida Community College in 1989-90. After earning second team All-American honors at the University of Tennessee in 1992, Jose was selected by St. Louis in the 42nd round of the 1992 June draft. He played professionally for three seasons (1992-1994) as an outfielder in the Cardinals organization and for the Northern League’s Duluth club.
Jose graduated from Tennessee with a BS degree in education in 1994 and received his Masters of Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL in 1998.
He co-authored “Total Fitness for Baseball” with Jay Hoffman (Coaches Choice, 2008) and was a co-author of “Effect of Age on Anthropometric and Performance Measures in Professional Baseball Players” (Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 27(2);375-381, 2013).
Jose is Certified and Registered (CSCS-R) Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and was the treasurer for the PBSCCS for the past 8 years (2007-2014). He was recently recognized by his peers (Professional Baseball Strength and Conditioning Society) with the Nolan Ryan Award as MLB Strength Coach of the Year in 2014.
During his tenure with Texas, the Rangers have made three playoff appearances (2010-2012) including back-to-back trips to the World Series in 2010 and 2011.
Jose and his wife of 21 years, Anne, reside in Mansfield, TX year –around where they spend time watching their children Josannah (16), Helena (12), and Kian (4) play sports. Jose’s recreational interests include Brazilian jiu-jitsu, yoga, snowboarding, surfing and lifting weights.
His advice to athletes in all sports, males and females, recreational and professional is to “be coachable, be a good teammate and above all else, give it everything you have.”
His advice to anyone contemplating a career in professional baseball is to “read everything, but don’t believe everything. Every coach must have a strong set of values so that you are not swept away by the ever changing fitness world.”
His philosophy on training is “strength is the foundation for the development of the rest of all physical qualities.”
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