Director Of Player Performance, Los Angeles Dodgers
Brandon McDaniel enters his 13th season in Professional Baseball. He currently is a Director of Player Performance for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He has been in the field of Strength & Conditioning for 15 years and has previously worked for the Pittsburgh Pirates at the Minor League level and EXOS (formerly Athletes Performance) in their Military Strength and Conditioning department with the Department of Defense.
Brandon holds a bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Wayne State College (NE) where he was a member of the baseball team. He holds a Masters’s Degree from A.T. Still University in Human Movement. He also holds many certifications including his Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach Certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, as well as FMS, SFMA, USAW, DNS, PRI and Strong First Kettlebell.
Brandon has been married to his wife Andrea, who is also a registered dietitian. They have three young sons and currently reside in Burbank, CA.
Director, Strength & Conditioning, Minnesota Twins
Ian Kadish is in his fifth season as the Twins Director, Strength and Conditioning after spending 2018 as the Twins Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator. Prior to joining the Twins, he was minor league strength coach for two seasons in the Miami Marlins organization. Before working for the Marlins, Kadish served as an intern for The Ohio State Football Strength and Conditioning program. The 2011 Marshall University graduate played four seasons of professional baseball, three of which were in the Toronto Blue Jays organization. Ian and his wife, Emily, and their two children reside in Estero, FL.
MA, CSCS, RSCC -TreasurerHead Major League Strength & Conditioning Coach – Toronto Blue Jays
Entering his 13th season in professional baseball, and 1st as the Head Major League Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Toronto Blue Jays. Previously held positions as Assistant Major League Strength and Conditioning Coach (2017-2018), Minor League Coordinator (2016), Assistant Minor League Coordinator (2014-2015), and Advanced-A affiliate Strength and Conditioning Coach (2012-2013) with the Toronto Blue Jays. Entered professional baseball with the Chicago Cubs strength and conditioning staff from 2007-2011 as the AAA Strength and Conditioning Coach and the Assistant to the Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator. Was the Strength and Conditioning Coach for Team Canada at the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Was the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator, Netherlands Region, with MLB International from 2012-2013. Facilitated a start up youth training academy, Athlete School (Waukee, IA) at SportsPlex West in 2011. Worked as a Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Morehead State University (Morehead, KY) from 2007-2008. Was a strength and conditioning intern at Drake University (Des Moines, IA) from 2006-2007.
Earned his Master of Arts Degree in Health, Physical Education and Sport Sciences from Morehead State University (Morehead, KY) in 2008, and his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Health Promotion – Fitness Management from Grand View University (Des Moines, IA) in 2007. Attended Porterville College (Porterville, CA) from 2003-2004. Played three (3) years of varsity baseball at Grand View College (Des Moines, IA), and was named team captain 2007. Presented with the 2007 Champion of Character Award – Baseball – Grand View College, a 2007 Academic All-Region VII Selection, and 2006/2007 Academic All-Conference (Midwest Classic Conference) Selection. Played one (1) year Varsity Baseball at Porterville College (Porterville, CA).
Is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach (RSCC) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Presented at the Blue Jays Baseball Academy National Coaches Clinic (2018), PBSCCS Winter Meetings (2016), European Coaches Clinic (2012) and Nova College CIOS (Haarlem, NL 2013). Currently the Treasurer of the Professional Baseball Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society (PBSCCS). Originally from Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada and currently resides in Dunedin, FL.
CSCS, RSCC*D – SecretaryHead Strength & Conditioning Coach – Boston Red Sox
Joined the Red Sox organization in 2016 and is entering his 4th season as the Red Sox Head Strength and Conditioning Coach. Prior to joining the Red Sox, spent 15 years (2001-2015) in the Pittsburgh Pirates Organization in a variety of roles, such as S&C Specialist, Assistant ML S&C coach, Latin American S&C coordinator, and Minor League S&C coach. Started his baseball career as a S&C intern in the Tampa Bay Rays minor league system. Earned his master’s degree in physical education and wellness from Central Florida and his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Nippon College of Physical Education. Is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), is a Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach with distinction (RSCC*D). Served as S&C coach for the team of MLB players that played in Japan All-Star Series in 2014. A native of Nagano, Japan, resides in Belmont, MA with his wife, Lucianna and sons, Tristan and Kiyan.
ATC, CSCS*D, RSCC*E – Administrative Director
Director Of Strength & Conditioning – New York Yankees
Enters his sixth season as the Yankees’ Director of Strength and Conditioning… spent 11 seasons with Cincinnati (2003-13), including nine as their Major League strength and conditioning coordinator (2005-13)…was named the 2013 “Nolan Ryan – Hammer Strength” Strength Coach of the Year… the award 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… was the Reds organization’s minor league strength and conditioning coordinator from 2003-04… prior to joining the Reds, spent three years in the Pirates organization, serving as the minor league strength and conditioning coordinator from 2001-02 and Single-A Hickory strength coach in 2000… also worked with the Chicago Cubs as an intern with Single-
A Daytona in 1999… 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…is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) with distinction from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), is a Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach Emeritus (RSCC*D) and a certified athletic trainer (ATC) for the National Athletic Trainers’ Association…sits on the Performance Committee and is a national speaker for the NSCA, 2018 NCSA Strength Coach of the Year. He was the vice president of the Professional Baseball Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society (PBSCCS)for 6 years and currently is the President of the PBSCCS…was the American League Strength representative for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game in Cincinnati…the Lynbrook, N.Y., native is a former member of the U.S. Marine Corps, and resides in Tampa, Fla., with his wife, LuzMaria, daughter, Olivia and son, Matthew.
Major League Representative (AL)Major League Strength And Conditioning Coach – Cleveland Indians
Joe is in his 12th season as the Major League Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Cleveland Indians. Joe was named MLB Strength Coach of the Year by his MLB peers at the 2018 Winter Meetings and served as the Strength Coach at the 2019 All-Star Game in Cleveland. Kessler’s previous experience includes two years as the Director of Athletic Development for OAK Athletic Development in Bourbonnais, IL and spent two seasons as a Strength and Conditioning Assistant with the Indianapolis Colts from 2005-07 and the Chicago Bears in 2004. Joe is CSCS with a RSCC*D through the NSCA, having graduated from Illinois State University where he majored in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science and he also hold a Masters Degree in Leadership and Organizational Development.
Major League Representative (NL)Director, Strength & Head Performance Coach- Atlanta Braves
Brad Scott – Head Performance Coach for the Atlanta Braves, is heading into his 20th year as a strength and conditioning coach and 6th season in professional baseball. Prior to his current position, Brad was involved extensively in collegiate sports. After graduating from University of Massachusetts – Boston in 2001, he gained experience in strength and conditioning first as an intern at Northeastern University and then as a graduate assistant at the University of Arizona from 2002-2004. He worked as the Assistant Director of Strength & Conditioning at Velocity Sports Performance in Irvine, California (2004-2005) before becoming the Director of Strength and Conditioning at California State University Northridge in 2005. In 2006, he became the Director of Strength and Conditioning for Men’s & Women’s Basketball and Volleyball at the University of Southern California. In 2007, he became the Associate Athletics Director / Director of Athletic Performance at the University of Portland, a position he held for 9 years before joining the Braves in 2016.
A native of Westwood, Mass, Brad graduated from Xaverian Brothers High School where he played football, wrestling and lacrosse and was a member of the powerlifting team. After high school, he earned both a BS in Exercise Physiology from the University of Massachusetts – Boston in 2001 and M Ed. in Teacher and Teacher Education from the University of Arizona in 2003. In 2012, he earned his license in Massage Therapy from East West College of Healing Arts in Portland.
He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach (RSCC) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
Minor League REP (AL)
Joe Hudson BOS
Joe just completed his 8th season in professional baseball, spending the last 6 as a MiLB S&C Coach within the Boston Red Sox Organization. Prior to him joining the Red Sox MiLB staff in 2018, he was a seasonal S&C Coach with both the Chicago Cubs (2014) and Philadelphia Phillies (2013) while completing his master’s degree in Exercise Science from Springfield College. He received his B.S from Plymouth Statue University, ‘12. Joe is certified as a Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Registered Strength & Conditioning Coach (RSCC) through the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) while also holding certifications and training in the Functional Movement Screen (FMS), Reflexive Performance Reset (RPR) as well as OnBaseU Pitching & Hitting. He and his wife Meghan reside in Wilbraham, Ma with their 3 children Callan, Griffin, and Maeve.
Sport Science & Research Advisor
Ted is a graduate of The Ohio State University where he did his undergraduate studies in Business Marketing and his graduate and post-graduate studies in Physical Education and Exercise Physiology, respectively. He currently produces the monthly Pro Football Sports Science Research Update for the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society, Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, and the Professional Football Registered Dietitian Society. In addition, he provides the Professional Baseball Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society (PBSCCS) and the National Basketball Strength Coaches Association (NBSCA) with sports research updates.
He also owns and operates Sports Performance Consulting providing consulting services on such topics as sports science technology and its implementation, sports nutrition, as well as ergogenic aids/PED use and abuse. Ted’s clients have included numerous NFL, NBA, MLB, and major college programs, as well as, the United States Secret Service. Ted coordinated the Exercise Science program at Thomas More University from 1991 to 2011. He has served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at The Ohio State University and the University of Kentucky. During this time, Ted trained 23 NBA Draft Picks of which 13 were 1st Round Draft picks and 41 NFL draft picks of which 4 were 1st Round Draft picks.
Major League Strength & Conditioning Coach
- Spent six seasons as Triple-A Iowa’s strength and conditioning coach (2014-19) …. held the same position with Double-A Tennessee in 2013 and Short-A Boise in 2012.
- Earned his masters degree from Australian Catholic University in High Performance Sport in 2023. Obtained bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science in 2011 from Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa.
- Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach and Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach through National Strength and Conditioning Association.
- Likes to spend his free time with his wife, Meghan, and their dog, Gryffindor another for leadership person
PBSCCS – Board Advisor
Frank Velasquez, Jr., ATC, CSCS, is the Director of Sports Performance for the Allegheny Health Network (AHN). AHN Sports Performance has locations; at Cool Springs in Bethel Park (South Hills of Pittsburgh), Coraopolis (Montour Run) and at the Wexford Plaza in Wexford, PA (North Hills of Pittsburgh). Frank is a Certified Athletic Trainer and a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist who has 30 years of experience working with youth, high school, college, and professional athletes, including 16 years in professional baseball and nine years with the Pittsburgh Pirates as their Head Strength & Conditioning Coach.
Frank was born and raised in the state of Michigan and is a graduate of Three Rivers High School (’89) where he played football, baseball, and basketball. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Michigan where he served as a student athletic trainer in several sports, including Big 10 Championship teams in football and women’s swimming and diving. Frank founded and co-owned VESLA 360 Sports Performance & Physical Therapy in Cranberry, PA from April 2012 to Sept 2015.
In addition to his role at AHN, Frank is currently a Senior Advisor for the Professional Baseball Strength & Conditioning Coaches Society where he plays an active role in planning the continuing education for the strength coaches in professional baseball at the Baseball Winter Meetings. Frank also works special events for Major League Baseball (MLB). He was the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the gold medal winning TEAM USA for the 2017 World Baseball Classic. He worked with TEAM Nicaragua as well as a site coordinator in Miami, FL during the 2023 World Baseball Classic. Frank has also worked the MLB Combines in 2021, 2022 and 2023.
With AHN Frank has built a High-Performance TEAM that includes physical therapists, athletic trainers, strength and conditioning specialists, massage therapists, sport psychologists, and registered sports dieticians who work with developing youth, performing athletes, and active adults in the areas of high-performance, health, nutrition, stress management, and overall wellness.
CPA – TrusteeSenior Audit Manager – Wipfli, LLP
Dennis Pitts is a senior manager within the audit department of Wipfli, LLP a national accounting firm. With over 20 years of experience, he has provided consulting and tax services to organizations within Major League Baseball, the National Football League and the National Basketball Association.
Pitts is a graduate of Philadelphia University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He is a certified public accountant in Pennsylvania and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants as well as the Pennsylvania Institute of Public Accountants. Additionally, he is a board member of the Philadelphia Catholic Charities Appeal and West Norriton Little League.
Dennis resides outside of Philadelphia, PA with wife Lynne, their twin sons, Denny and Ray, and daughter Charlotte.
PBSCCS – Website Education Manager
Gene Coleman, Ed. D., RSCC*E, FACSM; Professor Emeritus, Exercise and Health Science, University of Houston – Clear Lake, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Astros (1978-2012), Consultant, Texas Rangers (2013-2020); Website Education Manager baseballstrength.org, and Senior Contributor for SportEdTV