Brad Andress was a major league coach for 19 years. His specialty was working as a strength and conditioning coach, but unlike most persons who hold that job description, he was listed as an official member of his teams' coaching staffs for all of those years.
He was with the Detroit Tigers from 1990 to 1999, starting out under Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson, and then continuing on under his successors. In 2000, he moved to the Colorado Rockies and remained on their staff until 2008. Before joining the Tigers, he was strength and conditioning coordinator at the University of Michigan, from which he obtained his master's degree, and after leaving the Rockies, he joined the New York Mets organization in 2011, although he was not listed as a coach there.
A pioneer in his line of work, he served as President of the Professional Baseball Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society. The Society aims at defining the role of coaches, who are often confused with athletics trainers and personal trainers, whose qualifications and mandates are different.
He attended Penn State University where he played football under coach Joe Paterno, playing in the 1982 Sugar Bowl with the team that won the national championship.