Lead Performance Scientist
Kohei Tamagawa is in his first season with the Phoenix Suns as a sports scientist/assistant strength coach after finishing this past season as a sports performance assistant for the men’s basketball program at Stanford University. With the Suns, Tamagawa’s role is to assist the performance staff in implementing sports science strategies and assisting with strength and conditioning training sessions with the goal of enhancing athlete performance and recovery. Prior to his time at Stanford, he worked the second half of 2018 as a member of the strength and conditioning staff for the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee in Colorado Springs. Tamagawa previously spent two years at the University of Georgia as a strength and conditioning intern for Olympic sports from 2016-2018 as he completed Bachelor’s degrees in Athletic Training and Exercise and Sport Science from Georgia. He is currently pursuing a Master of Exercise Science in Strength and Conditioning from Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia. A native of Matsue, Japan, Tamagawa played college basketball from 2009-2011 at Tokai University in Kanagawa, Japan where he earned a Bachelor’s in Physical Education. In 2011-12, he served as a seasonal assistant strength and conditioning coach with the men’s basketball team at Tokai and helped the team to a national title. Tamagawa moved to the United States in 2013 to pursue his ambition of being a strength and conditioning coach. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS), certified athletic trainer (ATC) and a performance enhancement specialist (PES). Tamagawa resides in Phoenix and enjoys running, reading, coffee and food.