Head Strength & Conditioning Trainer
2 Years Coaching Experience
5 Years Training Experience
- Robinson High School, 2009
- B.S. in Kinesiology from George Mason University, 2013
- NASM Certified Personal Trainer
- Intern with George Mason Center for Sports Performance
- Intern with StrongerTeam in Rockville, MD
- 1 Year with Evolution Basketball
As a youth I participated in many sports — baseball, soccer and swimming — but basketball was my true passion. In middle school I choose to specialize in basketball when I had the opportunity to play AAU ball. I also began working with Alex Harris at this time and continued to work closely with Alex throughout MS and HS. During that time, I played basketball throughout the year, had the opportunity to travel throughout the United States for tournaments and basketball camps, play against elite competition from the US, Canada, and Latin America, and my teams won many tournaments, and I garnered many individual honors. An All Concorde District player for Robinson HS, I was one of the leading 3 point shooters in the Northern Region my senior year. In 2009, I was inducted into the Fairfax Stars AAU Hall of Fame as an individual player as well as a member of the 2008 U17 Team.
After graduation, I planned to continue my ball career at Lynchburg College but unfortunately things did not work out that way and I ended up coming back home to attend George Mason University. At first without basketball I felt lost but I soon found my next passion in Strength and Conditioning. My kinesiology professors and classes at GMU were extremely engaging and I quickly found myself hungry to learn as much as possible about human physiology and how it is affected by exercise. During my education at GMU I learned about anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, exercise physiology, as well as how to apply this to Strength and Conditioning. I got to do labs in Mason’s million dollar S.M.A.R.T. lab as well as intern in their weight room for athletes. I also got to do an internship through Mason for StrongerTeam in Rockville, MD, where I learned something new almost every day and really started to develop my training philosophy. All of this fueled my thirst for knowledge about exercise. It amazes me how limitless the potential of the human body is. Learning all the training tools out there and how to apply them to reach individual goals is now my passion.
This new found knowledge also gave me my desire to become a coach. As a youth I was plagued by injuries throughout my basketball career. I was constantly spraining my ankles, straining muscles, having pain in all my joints, and I even had a doctor tell me once that I would have to give up playing basketball because my lower back! My body was beat up from all the hard work put into my game but then instead of training to feel better I was making it worse by loading up back squats to heavy, refusing to work on mobility, thinking bicep curls helped my performance, etc. I truly believe that many of my injuries could have been prevented through a proper Strength and Conditioning program. Also, who knows how much my performance would have increased if I wasn’t playing with all those aches and pains all the time. Injury prevention IS sports performance! A joint by joint approach to training is key in my mind to keeping our athletes healthy and strong. I focus on functional movements so that I can assess asymmetries and weaknesses in the athlete and develop individualized training programs to maximize every athlete’s potential. It is truly my pleasure to have the opportunity to pass my knowledge on to our athletes at Evolution and reduce their risk of injury as well as increase their performance on the court. It is just the icing on the cake that it is also at the same organization that helped develop me into the player and the young man I am today. Thank you for this opportunity.