Steve Chase just completed his 17th year in the strength and conditioning field and his 14th in professional baseball. Prior to joining the Tigers in 2005, he gained valuable experience working in the private fitness field, first as a personal trainer for Powerhouse Gym in Wyoming, MI and then for a fitness center in Holland, MI. Steve also helped work his way through college by working in disaster restoration from 1995 to 2000.
A native of Hudsonville, MI Steve graduated from Hudsonville High School in 1995, while there he played two years of football and four in baseball. After high school, Steve attended Grand Valley State University in Allandale, MI where he earned a BS degree in Physical Education in 2000.
Steve joined the Tigers in 2005 as a seasonal strength coach for the Lakeland Tigers. Over the next 3 years Steve work with the AA team in Erie, PA for two seasons and one season with AAA Toledo. After the 2008 season he became the Tigers’ Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coordinator. His current position with the Tigers is Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator, a position that he has held since 2014. In 2016, the Tigers recognized him with the Dwight Lowry Minor League Staff Member of the Year Award.
Steve 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 FMS, USA Weightlifting Level 1 and First Aid certifications.
Steve resides in Lakeland, FL during the off-season with his partner of 9 years, Stephanie Simpson. His hobbies include live music, watching sports, being active and experiencing lift.
His philosophy of strength and conditioning in professional baseball is as follows:
“As a strength and conditioning coach in professional baseball, I believe that it is critical to understand all of the variables that players deal with before making informed decisions on programming needs. The one size fits all philosophy does not apply to the strength and conditioning coaching profession. Coaches must also create good connections with players, coaches and front office personnel in order to ensure personal and professional success.”