Matt Eiden just completed his 11th year working in professional baseball, all with the Washington Nationals. Eiden’s career in professional baseball started in 2009 as an intern with the Nationals (2009-2010). In 2011, Washington hired him to work part-time when the team was home and to direct rehab workouts when the team was on the road. He became a full-time employee in 2012, working both home and road games. In 2016, he was promoted to Head MLB Strength and Conditioning Coach.
A native of Silver Springs, MD, Matt played three years of varsity baseball at St. John’s College High School in Washington, DC. After graduation, he went on to play four seasons of Division I baseball at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD. He played every position at St. Mary’s except pitcher and first base and twice earned Northeast Conference (NEC) All-Conference awards. Matt received a BS degree in Sports Management from St. Mary’s in 2008. After college, he played two professional seasons of independent baseball (2008-2009) for the Texas City, Tx Bay Area Toros in the Continental Baseball League. In 2010, he founded Messtraining.com, a website designed to provide video-based, interactive workouts that players could follow on a phone, iPad or computer.
Matt 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 Functional Range Conditioning (FRC) and First-Aid certified.
He resides in Hilton Head, SC during the off-season with his wife of three years, Ashley. His hobbies include golf, basketball, reading and spending time with his wife and family.
Matt believes that moving well is essential. Players must be able to open up, turn muscles on, access range of motion and own that range. Baseball has a lot of down time, and when called upon to move, players must know how to do so properly without thinking about. They must be able to instinctively react, accelerate, achieve top speed, start, stop and change directions quickly and under control. Coaches must be able to find ways to connect with all athletes and help them work toward the greater goals of the player and team. Coaches can’t go wrong when they help athletes get stronger.