Nationals name strength coaches

Nationals name strength coaches

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals named John Philbin their strength and conditioning coach and Elizabeth Wheeler as physical therapist on Thursday.

Philbin has 29 years of fitness experience, including eight (1992-2000) as a strength coach with the Washington Redskins. Since his days with the Redskins, Philbin has served as the Olympics head coach and director of sports science and conditioning for the U.S. bobsled team (1988-92), director of strength and conditioning at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y., and conditioning coach for two-time world-champion boxer Fernando Vargas.

Wheeler earned her doctorate of physical therapy from The College of St. Catherine in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn., and she currently serves as an outpatient orthopedist rehabilitation specialist at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Chevy Chase, Md.

Wheeler also has experience working for USA Track & Field, specifically as a personal physical therapist for the 2008 Olympic mid-distance running team.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.