Name: Perry Castellano
Organization: Minnesota Twins
Title: Director – Strength and Conditioning
Years working in professional baseball strength and conditioning: Fifteen seasons including seven seasons in Minor League Baseball. Five seasons as Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for the Twins (2001-2006).
Total years in strength and condition: Twenty plus seasons starting at Pepperdine University as Head student trainer for women’s volleyball, then 10 years preparing candidates for fire department physical agility testing.
Education: LA Valley College, Associate of Arts in Fire Science (1985); Pepperdine University, BS in Kinesiology and Physical Education (1983); and National University, MA in Management (1987).
Certifications: RSCC*D, CSCS*D, ACSM-HFS, USAW-CC.
Perry’s professional career did not start in strength and conditioning. His first full-time job was as a fireman at Hughes Aircraft in El Segundo, CA in 1985 and then switching to the Pasadena Fire Department in 1987. Prior to his eleven years with the Pasadena Fire Department, Perry enrolled in college and earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree. He left the Fire Department after a series of job-related knee operations forced him to retire in 1998.
Perry is in his 20th year as a strength coach and his 15th year in professional baseball. He worked for two years as minor league strength and conditioning coach with the Texas Rangers (2000-2001) and 5 years with the Twins (2002-2006). He was promoted to the Twins’ Major League staff as the Director of Strength and Conditioning in 2007.
Perry has been recognized by the NSCA as a registered and certified strength and conditioning coach with distinction. He was also recognized by his peers (Professional Baseball Strength and Conditioning Society) in 2010 with the awarding of the Nolan Ryan Award as MLB Strength Coach of the Year and in 2014 by being named American League Strength Coach for the 2014 MLB All-Star Game.
Because he believes that excessive volume of training leads to fatigue and fatigue leads to injury, Perry divides the Twins training program into three season: 1) April and May; 2) June and July and 3) August and September. He monitors the total volume of work performed each day and recommends personalized daily workouts on more than sets and reps. He also looks at the number of swings and throws that a player makes each day and modifies or cancels workouts when the volume of extra work is excessive.
Perry and his wife of 25 years, Lori, reside in Cape Coral, FL during the off-season where they spend time watching their sons Cory (age 18) and Brady (age 15) play baseball and tennis, respectively. While Perry was a three-sport letterman in high school, he says that the boys got most of their athleticism from Lori, a First Team All American Shortstop at Cal State University Northridge, and D1 softball coach for 13 years at Cal State University Northridge, Oklahoma University, Long Beach State and the University of Tulsa.
His advice to anyone contemplating a career in this profession is to remember that professional baseball is more than a job. It’s a lifestyle. Don’t try it if you want weekends, nights or summers off. Make sure that you and your significant other are on the same page concerning the amount of time required of the position.