Yoeri Pegel on Physical Prep, Player Development, and Creating Connections

Yoeri Pegel didn’t come to the world of physical preparation with an exercise science background.

He went to Universiteit van Amsterdam in the Netherlands, where he studied business economics. But that didn’t stop him from following his passion for sports.

He took his first steps in coaching by going to a local public gym, where he was accepted for a strength & conditioning internship. Today, Yoeri spends his time as the Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Dutch Men’s National Basketball Team, a Lecturer for MILO Performance & Education, and the Performance Coach for AFC Ajax.

Yoeri joins me today to share his thoughts and approaches on player development. He describes how he was led to the world of physical preparation and shares the lessons he learned from his days as a strength & conditioning intern.

He underscores the impact of cultivating connections between coaches and athletes and illustrates the role of communication in training players. He also shares his dream of working for the NBA as well as his favorite part of being a coach.


Before getting on to sports-specifics, train a human, then train an athlete, then train for the sport. – Yoeri Pegel


This week on the Physical Preparation Podcast:

  • Yoeri’s background and journey from business school to a strength & conditioning internship to being a performance coach for AFC Ajax
  • What Yoeri learned from his experience as a strength & conditioning intern and working with the general population
  • The value of learning from other specialists and reviewing your own performance as a strength coach
  • Yoeri’s training and coaching philosophy and what made him successful in multiple sports
  • The role of communication and creating connections in developing athletes
  • What player development means for Yoeri and what his process looks like in a team setting
  • Yoeri’s advice to his younger self and his career highlights
  • Why Yoeri wants to work for the NBA and his favorite aspect of being a strength and conditioning coach


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