Luis Perez just completed his 10th year working in professional baseball, all with the Kansas City Royals. Perez’s career in professional baseball started in 2010 as The Arizona League Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Royals (2010-2011). In 2011, Kansas City promoted him to Latin American Strength and Conditioning Coordinator. In 2016, the Royals assigned him the dual role of Assistant MLB Strength and Conditioning Coach and Latin American Strength and Conditioning Coordinator.
A native of Valencia, Venezuela, Luis graduated from Colegio Padre Seijas High School in Valencia. Because there were no high school sports in Venezuela, Luis participated on local baseball teams between the ages of 7 and 17. He was selected to represent the State Team four times between 2000 and 2004. As a result of his performance on the State Team, Luis attracted the attention of the baseball coach at Western Nebraska Community College. He enrolled at Western Nebraska Community College in 2005 where he earned All-Conference and All Region honors in 2005 and was selected as Male Athlete of the Year in 2006. In 2007, he enrolled at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO where he earned All-Conference Honors in 2007 and appeared in the 2008 World Series.
After graduating from the University of Central Missouri in 2008 with a BS in Exercise Science and Kinesiology, Luis served as a graduate assistant in strength and conditioning for the University baseball, softball, football and track and field teams from 2008 and 2009.
Luis is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach (RSCC) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He is also First-Aid certified.
A two-time recipient of the Arizona League Strength and Conditioning Coach of the year (2010 and 2011), Luis resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife of 10 years Megan and their children, Ellie (6) and Kenley (4). His hobbies include mountain biking, golfing, range shooting and Olympic weightlifting.
Luis’ goals as a Strength and Conditioning Professional is to help push players to the next level in their athletic development. Because longevity plays a significant role in professional baseball, keeping players healthy and performing to the best of their abilities is a main priority. Providing a well-rounded, collaborative and science-based program addressing weaknesses while driving up their strengths is imperative for effective progress.