I grew up playing soccer and surfing. Playing in high school and indoor leagues in the off-season was routine and I was told that I would never make it in soccer because of my size. This drove to strive hard and train with even more intensity. I started working out at a local gym owned IFBB Rich Gaspari and one of his partners Mr. NJ, Eddie Albert. They taught me the importance of form and nutrition which I picked up fast, but being genetically disadvantaged I didn't see results as fast as I wanted. I excelled in my knowledge and started training clients when I was 16.
I choose to go to college to pursue my education in sports and exercise. I was a starting center mid-fielder at Mount Ida College as a walk on. My coach, Steve D’Arcy said he liked the fire and total enjoyment in my eyes when I played. He said it reminded him of the love he had for soccer. I also volunteered to assist the Head Women's Soccer coach that was in its first year as the assistant coach and athletic trainer. Coach D’Arcy said I had a great knowledge of the game and that I should approach the Women’s coach and put that skill to use. During my time at Mount Ida College, I was also serving and one of the assistant strength and conditioning coaches with the Boston Bruins which also served as my internship for my college degree in the Fitness Management Program.
After returning home to NJ, I was invited to try out for the 1990 US U-20 National Team and made the reserve squad while playing for the Penn-Jersey Spirit a USL A-League Team. I was also employed as a Fitness Specialist/Cardiac Rehab Specialist at the Jersey Shore Medical Center. I continued training athletes and was approached by a local standout who was graduating from Purdue University, Scott Conover, to assist him in preparing for the 1991 NFL Combine. Scottie was eventually drafted by the Detroit Lions whom were extremely impressed by his transformation, which then led to me receiving an invitation to become an Assistant Strength and Conditioning coach for the Detroit Lions during the pre-seasons of their 91-95 season under World renowned strength coach Bert Hill.
When I finished my term with the Lions I came home and found that they were having open tryouts for the NY Fever, one of the local USL Pro teams in the NY/NJ area. I was fortunate to make the reserve squad but because of ongoing knee injuries from prior sports and competing in mixed martial arts( Muay Thai), I never made the first squad. I continued training local amateur, semi-pro, and professional athletes during this time and then had a calling to serve in law enforcement.
After a hiatus from sports and going to law enforcement, I started coaching for the local recreation department in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, for their recreational and developmental teams that my young boys are playing on. During this time I learned about and received my F & E coaching licenses from the US Soccer Federation and my Level 1 coaching certificate for the United States Sports Academy. My goal is to continue to prepare for my further licenses from the USSF until I achieve my A License while obtaining a position within the MLS. Until that time I will continue to enjoy helping individuals meet their fitness goals and train Figure Competitors with my extensive background.
Areas of Expertise
- Strength Training
- Sports Performance Training
NCCA Accredited Certifications
ACSM Health Fitness Specialist, ISSA Exercise Therapy Specialist, ISSA Sports Nutrition Specialist
BS in Exercise Science, AS in Fitness Management
Who I Especially Like Working With
Bodybuilders, Law Enforcement, Rehab, Student-athletes
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