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Matt Krause, '99, who earned a master's degree in sport and fitness at UCF, was Major League Baseball's 2013 Strength Coach of the Year.

After a string of injuries hindered the team's performance in 2013, the Yankees hired Krause to work with their stable of top athletes, including shortstop Derek Jeter.

“Matt’s great at helping you build a program,” says Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Bronson Arroyo, who worked closely with Krause during his tenure with the Cincinnati Reds. “It’s his ability to apply what he knows on an individual basis."

“We feel like we hired one of the best in the business,” says Brian Cashman, Yankees senior vice president and general manager. “Matt is detail oriented, a great communicator and really knows his business inside and out.”