- Bachelor’s of Science – Movement Studies Exercise Science – East Stroudsburg University – ’00
- Master’s of Arts – Kinesiology from San Jose State University – ’03
- Acquisition Editor; Higher Education and Professional Division at Human Kinetics – ’13 – present
- Sports Medicine Program Manager at the National Academy of Sports Medicine – ’10-’12
- Director of Kinesiology and Functional Ergonomics at Medical Functional Assessments – ’08- ’10
- Assistant Athletic Trainer at Long Beach State University – ’05- ’08
- Associate Head Athletic Trainer at San Jose State University – ’03-’05
- Presenter at several sports medicine, health, and wellness conferences
- Performance enhancement and injury prevention consultant for elite level athletes
- Guest lecturer of kinesiology, athletic training, and health / wellness courses
- Board of Directors Union City, CA Chamber of Commerce
- NATA-BOC: Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC)
- NASM: Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES)
- NASM: Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES)
- NASM: Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
- NASM: Fitness Nutrition Specialist (FNS)
- NASM: Senior Fitness Specialist (SFS)
- NASM: Youth Exercise Specialist (YES)
- NASM: Women’s Fitness Specialist (WFS)
- NASM: Golf Fitness Specialist (GFS)
- NASM: Mixed Martial Arts Conditioning Specialist (MMACS)
- Graston® Technique: M1 Certified
I was born and raised in a small town (Tunkhannock) in Northeastern Pennsylvania. I grew up loving everything about athletics. My dad put me on a dirt bike at the age of 3 and I began racing dirt bikes at age 6. I was the typical farm-boy finding every way possible to get dirty and play sports. My passion for sports was present at a very young age and today remains the same – those closest think intervention is required.
My passion for athletics was identified by my counselor during my freshman year at Penn State. She took my loves for sport and directed me to Athletic Training. 4 years later I graduated from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania; a fantastic program by the way.
After college I took a big leap by moving from small town to Staten Island, NY – for a brief stop – before moving to the San Jose, California for graduate school. I knew nobody, found a roommate online, and had just enough money to pay for gas and food for the cross country drive. I was so broke that if my car broke down in Ames, Iowa – I might still be there today. I am thankful my parents were able to give what money they could – this allowed me to grow professionally.
Looking back I have no clue how I survived. I worked as a graduate assistant athletic trainer, which came with the bountiful $1,000/ month stipend. Somehow I managed to pay my $800 rent, food, gas and beer money with a $1,000/month stipend.
It was in San Jose, CA where I met my wife. We married on the coast of Southern California in 2008. We had -err adopted – our first son Rudy, in 2009, a 90 pound lab/pit-bull baby. In December of 2011 we had our first “real” son – Holden. Currently we reside in Champaign, Il and we really like it here.