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Javair Gillett – Detroit Tigers – Head Strength Coach

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Javair tiger headshot bio (1)Name: Javair Gillett

Or­ga­ni­za­tion: Detroit Tigers

Title: Head S&C Co­ach

Years work­ing in pro­fes­sional base­ball S&C: 12

Years in S&C total: 14

Ed­u­ca­tion: M.S. Human Movement, A.T. Still University; BA Exercise Science DePauw University

Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion: Reg­is­tered S&C Coach through NSCA

This is Javair Gillett’s twelfth year with the Detroit Tigers organization and his ninth season as the director of the Tigers’ strength and conditioning department.  He is a NSCA Certified (CSCS) and Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach (RSCC).

Javair earned a BS degree in Health and Human Performance with an emphasis in Exercise Science from DePauw University and a MS degree in Human Movement from A. T. Still University.  He was a four-year letterman in baseball at DePauw where he earned All-Conference honors twice and All-American Honorable Mention his final season. Prior to joining the Tigers, Javair served as an intern for the Orlando Magic, Indiana University, and The Pennsylvania State University.

Philosophy on S&C –His major goals as a S&C coach are to help players 1) reduce the risk of injury, 2) maximize performance, and 3) endure the stresses encountered during the competitive season.  He believes that conditioning for sport is a science that requires a strategic blend of agility, balance, strength, speed and power in order to achieve optimal results.

In his free time, Javair shares his knowledge with parents, coaches and participants in youth sports programs, and develops educational tools to help children and adults improve fitness and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. Javair also speaks at community and professional meetings, writes articles and develops educational videos to improve health and performance.

During the off-season, Javair resides in Lakeland, FL with his fiancé Erin Counts.


One Response to “Javair Gillett – Detroit Tigers – Head Strength Coach”

  1. Joshua Simonis says:

    I’m not sure who will receive this at the PBSCCS organization but I hope that you can assist me. I am trying to get in touch with Mr. Gillett of the Detroit Tigers, if there is any way you can forward this message to him I would greatly appreciate it.

    Mr. Gillett,

    I am a strength and conditioning coach who lives in Rochester Michigan. More than anything else in the world coaching and baseball are my passions. My time coaching at the high school and college level has been very successful and fulfilling. Being able to make an impact on the lives of your players while being fully immersed in a game that you love is absolutely amazing. I am currently a senior and concluding my final semester at Rochester College. I played baseball there for a few seasons but after my sophomore year decided to pursue my dream to coach. I started out at the high school level coaching football and strength and conditioning at Stoney Creek High school. I then earned my USAW Level One Sport Performance Coach certification as well as my CPR and AED cert. I have completed an extensive internship at Oakland University where I worked as a strength and conditioning coach for their sports teams, my focus being on baseball. All the while I have been paying my way through school, working as a manager at Whole Foods Market. Working at Whole Foods has been more than just a job though. I have received so much training on nutrition over the years while working there its unreal.

    The reason I am attempting to contact you is to ask for the opportunity to intern with you this season. I spoke with Sarah Thompson at the internship department with Tigers and she said they did not currently have a formal intern position like this set up yet. I am a very hard worker sir, and have letters of recommendation I can provide to you from my baseball coach at Rochester College, the head football coach at Stony Creek High, the strength and conditioning coach at Oakland University, as well as my team leader at Whole Foods.

    Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to help me with this and I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

    Sincerely, Joshua Simonis


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