Bill Foran accepts the NSCA 2018 Professional Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year award

Matthew C. Krause, MA, ATC, CSCS, RSCC*D was named the NSCA’s 2017 Professional Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year. Coach Krause is the fifth recipient of the award, which has been handed out since 2014.

Coach Krause enters his fifth season with Major League Baseball’s (MLB) New York Yankees as their Director of Strength and Conditioning.

He spent 11 seasons with the Cincinnati Reds (2003 – 2013), including nine as their Major League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator (2005 – 2013) and two as the Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator (2003 – 2004).

Krause was named the 2013 “Nolan Ryan – Hammer Strength” Professional Baseball Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society (PBSCCS) Coach of the Year, which honors the “outstanding strength and conditioning coach in professional baseball” whose accomplishments, in the opinion of peers, reflect an exemplary dedication to strength and conditioning.

In 2015, Krause represented the American League as the Strength Coach for the MLB All-Star Game.

Prior to joining the Reds, Coach Krause spent three years in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, serving as the Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator from 2001 – 2002 and the Single-A Hickory Strength Coach in 2000. He has also worked with the Chicago Cubs as an intern with Single-A Daytona in 1999.

Coach Krause earned his Master’s degree in Physical Education and Wellness from Central Florida in 1999 and his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science from East Carolina University in 1997. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) and is a Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach with Distinction (RSCC*D) through the NSCA, as well as a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) through the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). He is a national speaker for the NSCA, was the Vice President of the PBSCCS for six years, and former member of the United States Marine Corps.

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