Rachel Balkovec – Organizational Hitting Coach for the Yankees
The Yankees just announced that they have hired Rachel Balkovic to be a full time hitting coach in the organization. Balkovec is one of the first women hired to be a full time hitting coach by any big league team. Previously Rachel Balkovec was the first woman to hold a full-time strength and conditioning position in all of professional baseball. She is breaking down barriers because of her great skills, knowledge, and abilities.
The Yankees just hired themselves a visionary and a true winner.
Let’s take a look at the impressive professional resume of Rachel Balkovec:
2012 – Hired as a strength and conditioning coach (St. Louis Cardinals)
2014-15 – Promoted to Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator (St. Louis Cardinals)
2016 – Latin American Strength and Conditioning Coach (Houston Astros)
2018 – Strength and Conditioning Coach (Corpus Christi Hooks – Astros AA affiliate)
2019 – Hitting & Pitching Mechanics Coach (Driveline Baseball)
Rachel has also worked with the Chicago White Sox, the Dutch National Baseball and Softball teams, and various colleges and universities including LSU.
Please take the time to read and listen to the material linked below. Rachel Balkovec is an expert in body science and movement. She will be an asset to the Yankees organization.
(Much of the information for this post came from Bryan Hoch’s excellent MLB.com article and the Inform Performance interview – both linked below.)
InformPerformance – Interview
AthletesEdge – MOVE LIKE THE PROS BEFORE YOU TRAIN LIKE THE PROS