Leafs hire director of sports science from NBA’s Nets

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The Toronto Maple Leafs announced that they have added Dr. Jeremy Bettle to their front office to serve as the Director of Sports Science & Performance.

Bettle has a Ph.D in human performance, M.S. in exercise science, and a B.S. in sport and exercise science. He was formerly with the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets where he spent four seasons serving as the team’s director of nutrition as well as their strength and conditioning coach. He also worked for the 2012 United States’ Olympic Men’s Basketball team as the strength and conditioning coach.

Before that he was with the University of California Santa Barbara where he helped manage over 450 Division I athletes that played in a variety of different sports.

“In hiring Dr. Bettle, our sole objective is to be able to have our players know that as a program, we are doing everything we can in all aspects to optimize their performance and maximize their potential as a hockey player, regardless of what stage of their career they’re at,” said Leafs assistant GM Kyle Dubas.