Alumnus Finds Niche as Strength and Conditioning Coach for Minnesota Twins

head shot (2)David Snedden of Homewood, Ill., is currently employed as a minor league strength and conditioning coach with the Minnesota Twins A-ball affiliate in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. His duties include leading the team through pregame warmup, taking the players through individualized workouts and assisting with player nutrition.

“My favorite memory is winning our first game of the season in the bottom of the 10th with a walk off home run,” he says of working with the ball club.

Before joining the Minnesota Twins, he worked with the Colorado Rockies as minor league strength and conditioning coach for their short season affiliate in Pasco, Wash.

There, he says, he had the opportunity to lift with player Todd Helton and watch one of his team’s pitchers throw a no hitter.

“The people I met and the influences they had on me will stick with me forever,” David said.

He earned a Master of Science in Nutrition and Exercise Science from Southeast Missouri State University in 2012.

“Working with high-level athletes who are highly motivated to make it to the next level in their sport is great,” David says.

While attending graduate school at Southeast, he served as a graduate assistant with the Department of Athletics as a strength and conditioning coach for two years.

“I chose Southeast because I was awarded the opportunity of a lifetime to become a graduate assistant (GA) strength and conditioning coach. My experience as the GA strength coach greatly aided in my development as a coach since it allowed me to develop my own distinct coaching style and helped me get my current job,” he says.

As a graduate assistant at the University, he enjoyed “watching my athletes develop as students, people and players during my brief time as their coach.”

David says he enjoyed his professors and exercise science classes the most while at Southeast.

“My professors, particularly Dr. Jason Wagganer, at Southeast aided me in developing the ability to critically think about research in my field and how to apply the science into the weight room. The coaches I worked with, Jeff Lee and Ryan Johnson, afforded me the ability to make mistakes as a coach and then learn from them,” he said.

In addition to training others, he also powerlifts.

“I spend my free time training to get stronger for my meets. My current bests are 260 in bench press, 320 on squats and 415 in deadlift. I’ve trained using multiple styles of training, mostly Wendler’s 5/3/1, but more recently, I have used a Westside Style Conjugate system to great success,” he says.

He has some advice for students.

“Network, network, network and network some more,” he says. “Also, use your professors as resources, and do not be afraid to ask them questions about how to get into the field you want to get into. I love what I do, and it does not feel like work even though the hours are long.”