Josh Seligman just completed his 10th year working in the field of strength and conditioning and his 13th year in professional baseball including the last seven as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Milwaukee Brewers. His career in professional baseball began in 2004 as the athletic trainer for the Jupiter Hammerheads in the Florida Marlins organization. Because the Marlins did not have minor league strength coaches in 2004, Josh served as both the athletic trainer and strength coach for three years (2004-2007). In 2007, the Marlins promoted him to Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator, a position that he held for three years (2007-2010) prior to becoming the Major League Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Brewers.
Before becoming involved in professional baseball, Josh did a variety of jobs to supplement his income while putting himself through college. He worked as a gas station attendant, pizza delivery man, busboy, nutrition counselor and personal trainer. He also worked as a student athletic trainer as an undergraduate and a graduate assistant.
A native of Santa Barbara, California, Josh played a variety of sports as a child before earning First Team All-League and Team MVP at Santa Barbara High School in 1994 for baseball. After graduating high school in 1994, he enrolled in Willamette University in Salem, OR where he earned a BA in Exercise Science with a minor in Chemistry and Spanish in 1998. In 2000, he enrolled in the Master’s Program at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu where he earned a MS Degree in Kinesiology in 2003 and a MS Degree in Sports Nutrition in 2004.
Josh 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 a Licensed Athletic Trainer through the National Athletic Trainers Association. Josh is FMS certified and is a certified CPR Professional Rescuer Instructor.
He resides in Pewaukee, WI during the off-season and travels with a bike during the season which allows him to get out of the cities and explore the surrounding areas. Having spent a large portion of his life on or near an ocean, he enjoys surfing, SUP, bodysurfing, and wakeboarding. He enjoys being outdoors and reads a lot of spiritual philosophy. Josh has earned numerous professional awards starting with the 2005 Marlins’ Athletic Trainer of the Year Award. He was also the strength coach for the 2011 National League Central Champion Milwaukee Brewers and a member of the Brewers medical staff that won back-to-back Martin-Monahan Awards in 2014 and 2015 as the Best Medical Staff in Baseball.
His philosophy of strength and conditioning in professional baseball is that the true measure of coaching effectiveness is the improvement, learning, and success of athletes in four types of outcome: competence, confidence, connection and character. Each of these areas requires a unique skillset and the ability to adjust your approach. In professional baseball, strength and conditioning is a process based profession in a results orientated industry. Once the athlete knows that you care, they will care how much you know, and be more willing to trust you in the process.