Lee Tressel, the two-time Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year, just completed his 11th year in the strength and conditioning field all in professional baseball, and all with the Yankees. Lee earned his first MiLB Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year Award in 2012 while working with Yankees’ International League AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees in Scranton, PA and the second in 2017 while working with the Yankees’ Rookie Ball Gulf Coast League Team in Tampa, FL.
His career in professional baseball started in Baseball Operations. From 2003-2006, he worked as a Baseball Operations Assistant for the Yankees. Lee’s career in strength and conditioning began in 2007 when he was named Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coordinator. He then moved on to AA Trenton in 2008 and AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2009. After seven years in AAA, he was asked to become the strength and conditioning coach for the Rookie Ball Team in Tampa in 2016.
A native of Berea, Ohio Lee graduated from Berea High School where he earned letters in football, basketball and track. After high school, Lee attended Baldwin Wallace University where he played football and earned a BA degree in both Sports Management and Business Administration in 2003.
Lee 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 also holds CES (NASM) and First Aid certifications.
Lee resides in Tampa, FL during the off-season with his wife, Jenna. His hobbies include a good cup of coffee, watching sports, working out and spending time with friends and family.
His philosophy of strength and conditioning in professional baseball is as follows:
“I believe that a strength and conditioning program must enhance baseball performance and skill by increasing total body strength and power while improving weaknesses. Players need to be able to move in multiple planes and consistently exhibit mobility, stability and flexibility. There must be good relationships between the strength and conditioning coach, players, manager and position coaches to build trust and achieve optimal results.”