Rob Fumagalli, CSCS, RSCC
Rob Fumagalli just completed his 13th year in strength and conditioning and 11th in professional baseball. While the 2020 season is his first as the Assistant Major League Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Texas Rangers, he has over a decade of experience in professional and collegiate baseball in the USA, Latin America and Europe.
A native of Joliet, IL, Rob graduated from Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, IL where he lettered in both football and baseball. After high school, he enrolled in Elgin Community College in Elgin, IL where he helped lead the Spartans baseball team to trips to the NCJAA Division II World Series in 2006 and 2007 before moving to Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, where he earned a BS degree in Kinesiology in 2009.
After serving as pitching coach for Elgin Community College (2008-2009) and strength and conditioning intern at Northern Illinois University (2009), Rob got his first job in professional baseball as a minor league strength and conditioning coach for the Seattle Mariners High Desert Mavericks (High-A) in Adelanto, CA in 2010. From there, he spent two seasons (2011 and 2012) with the Jackson Generals, the Mariners AA affiliate, in Jackson, TN where he was named the PBSCCS 2012 Southern League Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year.
In the winter of 2011 and 2012, Fumagalli traveled to Barquisimeto, Venezuela where he helped the Cardenales de Lara baseball team make it to game 7 of the Venezuelan Winter League Championship. In 2013, he was first promoted to the Mariners AAA affiliate, Tacoma Rainiers (Tacoma, WA) and later asked by MLB to travel to Europe to help establish strength and conditioning programs in Regensburg, Germany. He was promoted to the Mariners Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator in 2014, a position he held for six seasons before accepting a position with the Texas Rangers as the Major League Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach in 2020.
Rob splits his off-season between Arlington, TX and Peoria, AZ with his fiancé, Nicole, and horse Maddie. His hobbies are spending time with family, hunting, fishing and carpentry.
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 is also FMS Level II, FRCms, Kinstretch and OBU Pitching Level I certified.
As a strength and conditioning professional, Rob supports individualized, sport- and position-specific programming. He also believes that it is important to load appropriately, incorporate plyometrics and sprint consistently. He believes that you can’t expect players to maintain strength, speed and power in-season if they don’t train appropriately and the best way to ensure optimal performance and reduce the risk of injury is by preparing players to meet and accept the demands of the game.
“I am very fortunate to have been surrounded by coaches with years of experience who have helped me along the way including James Clifford, Jose Vazquez and Carl Kochan. No one gets to where they want to be without the help of others. It is important to return the favor to those in the game and profession, especially young coaches who are just entering or trying to enter our sport.” – Rob Fumagalli