With experience at the college and professional level, Blaine Kinsley was named the strength and conditioning coach for the Razorback baseball team in the summer of 2017.
Kinsley joined the Razorbacks after spending nine months working as the head strength and conditioning coach with the St. Louis Cardinals Double-A affiliate Springfield. He also worked at the Cardinals spring training site in Jupiter, Fla.
Prior to the Cardinals, Kinsley was the assistant strength and conditioning coach at East Carolina University, working primarily with the baseball, soccer, and men’s tennis teams. He also assisted with the football program that was the Conference USA Eastern Division Co-Champions in 2011 and 2012.
Kinsley’s baseball teams at ECU advanced to the NCAA Regionals in 2014 and 2016, advancing to the Super Regionals in 2016. He’s also coached 25 major leaguers in their offseason, including Mike Wright, Shawn Armstrong, and Chris Heston.
Before ECU, he spent 16 months working in the Chicago Cubs organization as the head strength coach for the Peoria Chiefs, the Cubs Low Class A affiliate. While in Peoria, Ill., he was responsible for implementing the strength and conditioning program and injury prevention program, which earned him 2012 Midwest League Strength Coach-of-the-Year honors.
Prior to his time in the Cubs organization, Kinsley interned at Hendricks Motor Sports where he was responsible for assisting with workouts for the pit crew in the summer of 2010.
Kinsley, who also has three years of coaching experience, served as an assistant Babe Ruth coach at the Greenville Parks and Recreation (2008-09), has worked baseball camps at the University of Virginia (2009) and was an assistant development JV Coach at Lenoir-Rhyne (2010) where he worked with the pitching staff and coached third base.
A native of Greenville, N.C., Kinsley earned his bachelor’s degree in sports management with a minor in health and exercise science from Lenoir-Rhyne, where he was a four-year letterwinner in baseball and two-year letterman in football for the Bears.
He is engaged to Emily Hartley.