Fournier and Castellano, All-Star Game Strength and Conditioning Coaches

Paul Fournier and Perry Castellano were selected by MLB to serve as National and American League strength and conditioning coaches, respectively for the 2014 All-Star Game at Target Field in Minneapolis. Fournier is only the third NL strength and conditioning coach to be invited to participate in the MLB All-Star Game. He has 17 years of experience in the field including stints with the Phillies, Marlins and Expos. Paul became the Phillies Major (more…)

2013 Nolan Ryan Award

The Professional Baseball Strength and Conditioning Society has named Matt C. Krause of the Cincinnati Reds as the 2013 recipient of the Nolan Ryan Award. The Award, named after Hall of Fame pitcher, Nolan Ryan, is the most prestigious award that the PBSCCS gives. The award honors the “outstanding Strength and Conditioning Coach in professional baseball” whose accomplishments reflect an exemplary dedication to strength training and conditioning. The award also recognizes the recipient’s professional and personal accomplishments as well as his integrity as a Strength and Conditioning Coach.

Krause, who just completed his ninth season in the Reds organization, spent his first 2 seasons as the organization’s minor league strength and conditioning coordinator. Prior to joining the Reds, Matt spent 3 years in the Pittsburgh system, where he served as the strength coach at Class A Hickory (2000) and then as minor league strength and conditioning coordinator (2001-02). From 1997-00, he was the assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Central Florida. He also worked as an intern with the Chicago Cubs’ Class A affiliate at Daytona in 1999 and as a volunteer intern with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during their training camp in 1998.

Krause earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science from East Carolina University in 1997 and his master’s degree in physical education and wellness from Central Florida in 1999. He is a Certified and Registered (CSCS-R) Strength and Conditioning coach from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and a NATA Certified Athletic Trainer. He also holds a certification from the USWF Club Coach level, is a member of the NSCA Performance Committee, a speaker for the NSCA Coaches Conferences and the Vice President of the Professional Baseball Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society.

A former member of the U.S. Marine Corps, Matt lives in South Venice, FL with his wife Luz Maria, daughter Olivia and son Matthew.

Malone and Barr, All-Star Game Strength and Conditioning Coaches

Jim Malone and Kevin Barr were selected by MLB to serve as National and American League strength and conditioning coaches, respectively for the 2013 All-Star Game at City Field in New York. Malone, who is the President of the Professional Baseball Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society (PBSCCS) and a member of the MLB Strength and Conditioning Advisory Committee, MLB Medical Advisory Committee and MLB Electronic Medical Records Advisory Committee, is only the second NL strength and conditioning coach to be invited to participate in the MLB All-Star Game. Jim has 18 years of experience in the field including stints with the Indians, Royals, Mets and Padres. He received the Nolan Ryan MLB Strength Coach of the Year Award in 2012 and re-joined the Mets in 2013 after serving seven years as strength and conditioning coach for the Padres.


Pittsburgh Pirates ATLAS & ATHENA Schools

The Professional Baseball Strength & Conditioning Coaches Society (PBSCCS) and the Pittsburgh Pirates are providing an exciting opportunity for two local high schools in the Pittsburgh area to become Pittsburgh Pirates ATLAS & ATHENA Schools. Through this program, sport teams will receive the nationally acclaimed ATLAS and ATHENA programs. ATLAS and ATHENA are award-winning, evidence-based health promotion and drug prevention programs for high school athletes.

Schools will receive:

  • Curriculum materials to implement the ATLAS and ATHENA Programs with all of their school sports teams
  • Program training for all participating coaches and select student-athlete leaders, hosted by the PBSCCS and Pirates (includes transportation, breakfast snack and boxed lunch)
  • Stipends for coaches to implement the programs with their sport teams ($100)
  • Local and national recognition from the PBSCCS and Pirates
  • A school banner and t-shirts for all participants

Coach Expectations:

  • Coaches must be able to attend a half-day training at the Pirates stadium to learn how to implement ATLAS and/or ATHENA. Transportation, breakfast snack and boxed lunch will be provided.
  • Coaches agree to schedule and complete 10 ATLAS or 8 ATHENA program sessions during the 2011-2012 academic year.
  • Coaches agree to participate in the training only if they are committed to implementing ATLAS and ATHENA within their teams for the program.
  • Coaches will receive a $100 stipend at the completion of the program.
For more information, please contact:

Michelle Otis
Director of Implementation and Distribution
Oregon Health & Science University
Direct: 503-494-3683
Fax: 503-494-1310



Download the PDF here


ATLAS and ATHENA are copyrighted programs of the Center for Health Promotion Research at Oregon Health & Science University. More program information is available at

Join the The WiL Power Challenge!

The WiL Power Challenge was developed to help combat the growing incidence of childhood obesity. By educating children and their parents on the variety of ways to live healthier and more active lifestyles and providing the necessary tools to execute change, we are able to positively impact individuals struggling with weight and health issues and decrease the prevalence of depression, low self-esteem and inactivity.

Since its inception, the WiL Power Challenge has benefited over 350 families and has shown tremendous body composition changes, increases in self-esteem and increases in nutrition and fitness knowledge of our participants and parents. Our program has demonstrated the benefits of leading a fit and healthy life style.

Participants are identified by physicians across the valley and referred into this free twenty week program. During the twenty weeks of their participation they work out with our strength coaches, take nutrition education classes from our dietitians and get the opportunity to attend doctor presentations, cooking classes and weekend workouts.

Nathan Shaw has not only been involved in motivating the kids and parents for the weekend workouts, he has been an intragal part in obtaining donations and support across the community.  Nathan has also served as our keynote speaker on a number of occasions and his involvement is vital to the continued success of the program.

Thank you Nathan for your continued support and involvement in the WiL Power Challenge.

Logan’s Freedom Ride fund



We are writing you on behalf of Logan’s Freedom Ride.  Our annual event began in 2007 to assist Logan Severance, an eleven-year-old boy with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA).  This year, our motto is “Helping Children and Families in Need,” and we have multiple beneficiaries.


On Wednesday, August 31st  the Logan’s Freedom Ride committee and members of the World Champion San Francisco Giants will be hosting our 5th annual Logan’s Freedom Ride benefit event at Broadway Studios in San Francisco.  The event will include a silent auction and raffle and live music with proceeds benefiting the Logan’s Freedom Ride fund.  Tips and door charges will also be donated to the cause.  Last year, the event raised over $40,000, and with the help of our generous supporters, we are aiming to surpass that amount this year.


Any donation of goods or services, gift certificates, and/or cash contribution is greatly appreciated.

The LFR committee sincerely appreciates your consideration and generosity.  We have teamed up with Champion Charities this year and for your records, the Champion Charities non-profit tax ID number is 65-1252760

For more information, or to purchase VIP and/or Regular Admission tickets for the event, please visit:  If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact Devon Fox (415-760-0472) or Justin Fox (916-296-7399) with any questions.

Many thanks,

Logan’s Freedom Ride Committee


I would like to donate ___________________________ valued at $ ____________.

Your Name/Organization:       ______________________________________

Address:                                                   ______________________________________

City/State/Zip:                                   ______________________________________

Phone/Email (optional):            ______________________________________



Please send donations and this portion of the letter to:

Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, c/o Logan’s Freedom Ride, 370 Third Street, Suite 200, SF, Ca 94107

Dodgers Youth Baseball Camp presented by Kaiser Permanente


Tomorrow is the first day of Dodgers Youth Baseball Camp presented by Kaiser Permanente. One hundred thirty-seven campers will attend and all proceeds will benefit the Dodgers Dream Foundation. Twenty campers from El Centro Del Pueblo, a community service agency that provides social services to the youth and families of Echo Park, Silver Lake and other central-city communities, will attend camp on scholarships provided by Kaiser Permanente.



Campers will receive instruction from Dodgers Major League staff, including coaches Dave Hansen, Rick Honeycutt, Trey Hillman, Ken Howell and Manny Mota, Dodger Strength and Conditioning Coach Brendon Huttmann, Bullpen Catchers Mike Borzello and Rob Flippo and Dodger alumni Billy Ashley, Bobby Castillo, Tommy Davis, Al Ferrara, Lee Lacy, Kenny Landreaux, Rudy Law and Todd Zeile.



Tuesday, July 5 – Friday, July 8

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Tomorrow, approximately 1:40 p.m. – Jamey Carroll speaks to campers

James Loney and Chad Billingsley are expected to speak to campers at 1:40 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.



Dodger Stadium
Outfield grass



The second session of Dodgers Youth Baseball Camp this summer will take place the week of July 25.

Founded in 1998, the Dodgers Dream Foundation (DDF) was created to provide educational, athletic and recreational opportunities for the youth of the Greater Los Angeles community. The Foundation places special emphasis on helping traditionally under-served youth. More information can be found

2nd Annual Holiday “Hike For Heroes” Says ‘Thanks’ To Heroes And Brings Joy To Their Families This Season


PEORIA, Ariz. (December 1, 2010) – The  annual holiday “Hike for Heroes” hiking event will be hosted at Sunrise Mountain Trail in the community of West Wing on Saturday, December 11th from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

“Hike for Heroes” invites families, friends and supporters of our serving military to an inspirational hike on the 4.2 mile loop up Sunrise Mountain and will conduct a toy drive for their children and families. Hikers are encouraged to bring at least one unwrapped toy to participate in the hike.

“This hike was inspired in honor of all of the families and children who have serving family members and friends in our military,” said James Clifford, hike coordinator and Coordinator, Sports Science and Performance for the Seattle Mariners Baseball Club. “We hope to once again bring joy to families in need during the holiday season and to thank our heroes for their courage and sacrifice. Last year, we donated over 150 toys to families and hikers had a great time.”

Sunrise Mountain is located in the community of West Wing. Hikers will meet at the Sunrise Mountain Trail entrance at the Southwest corner of the West Wing Elementary School parking lot – 26716 North High Desert Drive SW, Peoria, AZ  85383. “We encourage supporters of our troops and families from all over the Valley to join us,” said Clifford. “It is a great way to show your support, with an added bonus of a great workout with a spectacular view of the Valley.”

The hike routes on Sunrise Mountain Trail range from beginner to advanced – with the most difficult trails designed for individuals in good physical condition. The intermediate and advanced hiking paths offer elevation inclines and undulation as well as birds-eye views of Peoria, Glendale and Phoenix. Proper hiking shoes and water bottles are strongly encouraged for hikers.

All of the toy donations will be delivered to the Luke Air Force Base Adopt-A-Family program, specifically to children of Airmen in need. For more information about the Luke Air Force Adopt-A-Family program, contact Sgt Christopher Huard at or via phone at 623.856.5919 (office), 623.512.8889 (cell).