Name: Napoleon Pichardo
Organization: Texas Rangers
Title: Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator
Years working in professional baseball strength and conditioning: Thirteen seasons including one spring with the Yankees, one year with the Blue Jays and eleven years with the Rangers.
Total years in strength and conditioning: Fourteen starting as a conditioning coach / intern at the University of South Florida.
Education: University of South Florida, B.S. in Exercise Science (2004).
Sports experience (e.g., years of HS and/or college baseball, letters, awards, etc.):
Played high school baseball and wanted to stay involved in baseball while helping people, which led me to the field of strength and conditioning.
Certifications: CSCS, RSCC, USAW
Napoleon has always worked in baseball, starting as a graduate assistant at the University of South Florida and then as an intern with the Yankees in 2003. His experience with the Yankees led to a position, AA strength and Conditioning Coach, with the Blue Jays in 2004 and the Rangers in 2005 where he has been the Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for eleven years.
He holds certifications from the NSCA (CSCS and RSCC) and USAW, and is a co-author of “Effect of Age on Anthropometric and Performance Measures in Professional Baseball Players”, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 27(2): 375-381, 2013 and Anthropometric and performance comparisons in professional baseball players, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 23(8):2173-2178, 2009.
Napoleon believes that strength is the foundation for all of physical qualities required to be successful in baseball and that it would be difficult for an athlete to run, throw, and hit without first developing a sound, basic level of strength. His key exercises for developing total body strength for sport and function are the squat and dead lift. His training programs focus on developing muscle symmetry, improving mobility, increasing stability and improving strength and power.
Napoleon and his wife, Jennifer, have been married for three years and have a 2-year old daughter, Abigail. He believes that being a father is the best job he has ever had. He is supporter of Second Amendment rights and the men and women in the US military. He is an avid bow hunter and fisherman, enjoys being outdoors, pushing his body and searching for his physical and psychological limits.
Napoleon and his family reside in Surprise, AZ where he has an off-season personal training business and works tactical athletes. He believes that no amount of success at work can make up for failures at home and that making sure that he is right with the Lord and his family on a daily basis has helped him in his career.
His advice to anyone contemplating a career in this field is to remember that being in professional baseball is very taxing on you, your family and your personal life. Be sure you are committed and have a good support system before entering the field.