Name: Paul Fournier
Organization: Philadelphia Phillies
Title: Major League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator
Years working in professional baseball S&C: Seventeen plus. Started with Montreal Expos in 1995-1996 as minor league athletic trainer. Served as the rehabilitation and strength and conditioning coordinator for Expos from 1997-2001. Joined the Miami Marlins in 2002 as the Rehabilitation and Strength and Conditioning Coordinator. Was promoted to Major League Strength and Conditioning Director in 2003 and served in that capacity through 2011. Joined the Phillies as Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator in 2012 and was promoted to Major League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator in 2014.
Years in S&C total: Nineteen plus, starting as an athletic trainer with the Montreal Expos in 1995.
Work experience, grad assistant, etc. outside of professional baseball: My first job after graduating from college in 1993 was as an athletic trainer in a physical therapy clinic with an outreach to a local private school, Ransom Everglades, in Miami, Florida.
Education (University, degrees and years): Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, BS in Athletic Training and Exercise Science (1993).
Certifications: ATC, CSCS, RSCC*D, USAW
Sports experience (e.g., years of HS and/or college baseball, letters, awards, etc.): Played HS baseball, basketball and soccer. Also played amateur baseball during collegiate years.
Family: (wife, children and their ages, years married, etc. Paul and his wife, Elsie, have been married for 20 years and have three daughters, Hannah (age 17), Jayna (age 15) and Gracia age 10.
Home (where you live in the off-season): Originally from Nova Scotia, Canada, Paul and his family reside in Palm Harbor, Florida.
Brief outline of your philosophy of S&C in MLB: My goal as a strength coach is to vary intense functional movement based on a hierarchy of athletic development.
Honors/Awards: John McHale Award for Outstanding Player Development, Montreal Expos (1999). NL Strength Coach 2014 MLB All-Star Game.
Hobbies: Riding my Harley Davidson every chance I get.