Nat Ballenberg loved his first half season with the Twins and enjoyed his first true off-season in years. He was fired up for the 2020 season, but instead has returned home to shelter in place after a truncated Spring Training. He is hopeful that baseball will be back soon.
He has used the extra time at home well, continuing to learn and grow as a coach, but also as a human. He feels really bad about what is happening in the world and is committed to becoming a better citizen. He has begun to invest reading time into learning more about anti-racism.
Previously, Nat spent the fall helping to transition a new coach into his old role as the Pitching Coach at Haverford College, a job which he held from 2010-2019. (He was also the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Haverford from 2014-2019.)
Nat helped guide the Fords to 3 Centennial Conference Championships and saw 2 pitchers selected in the MLB draft. He oversaw 9 Strength & Conditioning All-Americans. Nat realizes that he didn't throw any of the pitches or lift any of the weights that led to these accomplishments, and he finds it weird to write in the third person.
Although no longer overseeing day to day operations, Nat is still involved and in love with DiverseCITY Baseball, an organization that seeks to use baseball as a platform to create global citizens. The camp brings together kids from all walks of life and uses the lessons of the game to help players learn about being a good person, a good teammate, and a good citizen. While 2020 summer programming is likely canceled, online programming is coming soon.
In 2017, Nat served as the Pitching Coach for the Milwaukee Brewers AZL club. Tasked with teaching the young, talented staff about the daily growth mindset needed for long-term success, the club won the Central Division’s first half championship.
Nat is a proud alumnus of Haverford College, holding his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. He also has a Master’s Degree in Sports Leadership from Northeastern University. Nat is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and is getting really into PRI and the constraints-led approach to training. He is proud to announce that he recently finished the Anatomy Trains book. It was a doozy.
He lives in Bryn Mawr, PA with a small but thriving vegetable garden and a wonderful lady.