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Morgan Gregory just completed his 8th year in the strength and conditioning field and his 6th in professional baseball. Prior to joining the Reds in 2013, he gained valuable experience working with both collegiate and professional athletes. From 2011 to 2012, he worked at D1 Sports Training in Cincinnati as facility coordinator / head strength and speed coach. He was a volunteer strength and conditioning intern during the Cincinnati Bengals 2012 training camp. He also served as a strength and conditioning coach for Indian Hill High School in 2102, strength and conditioning coach for the East Coast Hockey League Cincinnati Cyclones in 2012 and volunteer strength and conditioning intern at the University of Central Florida in 2013.

A native of Nashville, TN, Morgan graduated from Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville where he earned letters in football and baseball. After high school, he attended Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, TN where earned 4 letters in baseball and a B.S. degree in Exercise Science in 2011. He later attended California University of Pennsylvania earning a M.S. in Human Performance and Injury Prevention in 2014.

Morgan joined the Reds in 2013 as a part-time strength & conditioning coach in class Low-A in Dayton, Ohio. After two season in Dayton (2013-2014), Morgan spent one year with class High-A Daytona Beach, Florida. Immediately following the 2015 season, he was named the Assistant Minor League Strength & Conditioning Coordinator in charge of both Rehab and Latin American Strength & Conditioning. His current position with the Reds is Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator, a position that he has held since 2017 (First Year).

He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach (RSCC) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He also holds NASM, USA Weightlifting Level 1 and First Aid certifications.

Morgan is not married and resides in Goodyear, AZ during the off-season. His hobbies include traveling, reading/watching/learning about various philosophies, competition and moving.

His philosophy of strength and conditioning in professional baseball is as follows:

“I believe that the individual relationships cultivated between coach and player are paramount to a successful program. While the demands of baseball may not seem to be exclusive to the individual, the adaptation of each movement is deeply personal and unique for each player. The better understanding the coach has of the individual both physically and personally will enhance his ability to work effectively with the player at any level during all phases of the season. While each player has his unique personality, this is a team sport and the team will take on one identity shaped by the organizational and departmental standards. Defining these expectations and standards across the levels, matched with consistent reaction to all actions will foster stability throughout a program. Consistent rewards and consequences can ground the players while other facets of their lives (baseball, personal lives, etc.) may seem shaky and wavering. Players and coaches are each individually unique. For the good of the team, standards and expectations should be defined, rigid and unmovable. It is, however, the onus of the player and coach to find a way that best suits each individual to fit within the organizational direction so that the opportunity for ‘success’ is improved.”

 

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