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.