ABOUT

For a quick look at my professional journey, please see the following features: 

ESPN

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NBC

My Story

Born and raised in Omaha, NE

  • 2005: NCAA DI softball player at the University of New Mexico

  • 2009: Strength and Conditioning Intern: API (Now EXOS)

  • 2010: Strength and Conditioning Graduate Assistant: LSU

  • 2012: Strength and Conditioning Intern: St. Louis Cardinals MiLB

  • 2012: Front Office Internship: Los Tigres Del Licey (La Republica Dominicana)

  • 2013: Strength and Conditioning Internship: Arizona State University

  • 2013: Strength and Conditioning Internship: Chicago White Sox

  • 2014: Minor League Strength & Conditioning Coord: St. Louis Cardinals

  • 2016: Latin American Strength and Conditioning Coordinator: Houston Astros

  • 2018: MiLB Strength and Conditioning Coach: AA Affiliate: Houston Astros

  • 2019: Returned to School for MSc in Biomechanics in Amsterdam

  • 2019: Apprentice Hitting Coach: Netherlands National Baseball & Softball programs

  • 2019: Research & Development Intern: Driveline Baseball: Eye Tracking for Hitters.

  • 2019: Hired by New York Yankees as an MiLB hitting coach

Rache Balkovec
Rachel Balkovec

Updated Sept 1, 2020: The worst possible thing that could happen is that I could look back at my life and say that the only thing I did for the world was to make a few athletes stronger in the gym or better at hitting a baseball.  By trade I'm a hitting coach, but in reality, I'm a student, athlete, minimalist, feminist and nomad.  Those are things that I resonated with long before my career and will be with me long after my career in sports is over.

 

Everyone has different methods of growth, but my drinks of choice are traveling and training.  More specifically, I've lived in 15 cities in the past 12 years, I visited 9 countries in the past year and I just moved to Tampa to start a new job with the Yankees as a minor league hitting coach. My training has ranged from being a college softball player, to a wannabe beach volleyball player to now exploring more organic strength with the Ido Portal method and Crossfit. 

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If you are seeking mentorship in career or educational pursuits or life in general, please see the mentorship options that I have available here. I started mentoring professionals early this year in a formal manner and find that this is the most beneficial way for people to get quality advice, get more confident in their path and feel supported in their journey. 

 

Media for Interviews

You can download my bio, head shots and other media to use for posts regarding interviews here. Everything on my social media is also fair game!

Speaking Requests

Please send an email to rachel@rachelbalkovec.com