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Matt Waddell

Matt Waddell

Strength & Conditioning Coach | Coordinator, HockeySTRONG

Matt Waddell joins Fortius Sport & Health after completing an 18-month world tour as the Strength & Conditioning Coach for China’s National Women’s Curling team, which took him around the globe and to the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics. Prior to his work in China, Matt dedicated 7 years to training elite level hockey players, having managed an on-ice development program for many of Vancouver’s NHL, AHL and European league players. While achieving a BSc from The Ohio State University, Matt played NCAA Div I Hockey as a proud Buckeye, and went on to enjoy a 10-year career as a professional hockey player himself. While Matt is passionate about hockey, golf, and basketball, he has enjoyed working with athletes of all ages and levels in a wide range of sports, from speed skating to snowboarding.


  • Bachelors of Science, The Ohio State University


  • Professional Hockey (AHL, ECHL, DEL2, NCAA)
  • Golf

Client CV

  • Various NHL Hockey Players
  • Chinese National Women’s Curling Team
  • Provincial Speed Skating
  • National Hockey Team

Professional Highlights

  • Pyeongchang Olympic Games
  • Strength & Conditioning Coach – Chinese Olympic Curling Team
  • Strength & Conditioning Coach – NHL athletes (off-season)
  • On-Ice Development – NHL athletes (off-season)

Professional Affiliations

  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA)
  • Functional Movement Screen (Level 1)



In this one-minute Hot Seat video, Matt Waddell talks about his Division 1 hockey career at Ohio State and his move into strength & conditioning coaching. He also explains how his own hockey career impacts his work today with hockey players and athletes of all levels.