Professional Baseball Strength & Conditioning


The National Strength and Conditioning Association recently announced that Matthew Krause, Director of Strength and Conditioning for the New York Yankees, was selected as the NSCA’s Professional Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year for 2018. Coach Krause is the fifth recipient of this award, which has been given out since 2014. Award winners were selected by a volunteer committee, the NSCA’s Coaching Task Force, who determine the winner based on their contributions to the NSCA, the community and the coaching profession.

Krause enters his fifth season with the Yankees. Prior to joining the Yankees, he spent 11 seasons with the Cincinnati Reds (2003 – 2013), including nine as their Major League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator (2005 – 2013) and two as the Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator (2003 – 2004). Krause was named the 2013 “Nolan Ryan – Hammer Strength” Professional Baseball Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society Coach of the Year, which honors the “outstanding strength and conditioning coach in professional baseball” whose accomplishments, in the opinion of peers, reflect an exemplary dedication to strength and conditioning.

Prior to joining the Reds, Krause spent three years in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, serving as the Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator from 2001 – 2002 and the Single-A Hickory Strength Coach in 2000. He has also worked with the Chicago Cubs as an intern with Single-A Daytona in 1999. Krause earned his Master’s degree in Physical Education and Wellness from Central Florida in 1999 and his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science from East Carolina University in 1997. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) and is a Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach with Distinction (RSCC*D) through the NSCA, as well as a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) through the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). He is a national speaker for the NSCA, was the Vice President of the PBSCCS for six years, and former member of the United States Marine Corps.

“Congratulations to Coach Krause for being named the recipient for this esteemed award,” said Scott Caulfield, NSCA’s Head Strength and Conditioning Coach. “Being named NSCA’s Professional Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year is a milestone in one’s career and Coach Krause has earned this by his hard work to positively impact his athletes and his diligent efforts to advance the profession. We are excited to have Coach Krause win this award.”

Coach Krause will receive his award at the NSCA’s Coaches Conference which will be held in Charlotte, NC from January 3-5, 2018. The conference brings together the best of the best from all reaches of the strength and conditioning industry to provide an educational experience unlike any other. From cutting-edge presentations to dynamic hands-on sessions by renowned professors, researchers, and strength coaches, attendees receive the tools to help expand their knowledge and further their careers.

The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is an international nonprofit professional association founded in 1978 and is dedicated to advancing the strength and conditioning profession around the world. The NSCA advances the profession by supporting strength and conditioning professionals devoted to helping others discover and maximize their strengths. The organization disseminates research-based knowledge and its practical application by offering industry-leading certifications, research journals, career development services, and continuing education opportunities. The NSCA community is composed of more than 45,000 members and certified professionals who further industry standards as researchers, educators, strength coaches, personal trainers, and other roles in related fields.

Headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO, the NSCA serves as a valuable resource for its members, the fitness industry, general public, and the media. The association provides a wide variety of resources and opportunities designed to strengthen, build, advance, and unify.




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