Jeff most recently served as the Director of Athletic and Sport Performance for The United States Performance Center. This postion’s responsibilities included Director of Strength and Conditioning, Head Strength Coach, and Head Programmer. In the 5 years with them he single handedly redesigned, recreated and implemented an entirely new strength, power, plyometric, and recovery program; which was used by over 500 athletes participating in all sports in a population ranging from 9 year-old youth athletes to collegiate, NFL, MLB, MLS, and Olympic athletes. Jeff also created, managed, and instructed the first grassroots Youth Olympic weightlifting club, along with the planning, organizing, creating, and hosting the first USAW sanctioned Olympic weightlifting meet at the facility. He was also in charge of opening an expansion of a facility acting in the same role where he built the program in its entirety. At this facility Jeff also aided in the development of relationships, training, and infrastructure that helped make it successful.
While in Graduate School Jeff served as the App State Women’s Rugby Head Strength Coach, and in his time with them App State finished in the elite 8 and ranked 7th in the nation. A year later, App made a final four appearance with rank of 4th in the nation, followed by back-to-back Rucktoberfest champs; breeding 2 US All-Americans and one US National player. As a former collegiate and semi-professional rugby player, he applied his experience as Head Strength Coach, and Assistant Backs coach to UNCW men’s rugby team. Under Jeff’s first year UNCW took runner up in the SoCon and 18th in the nation, followed by SoCon champs the following season. One season later, UNCW moved to 9th in the nation, breeding 3 All-Americans. That summer they went to nationals and finished 6th in the nation. Most importantly, under his tenure, UNCW experienced zero non-contact injuries, and observed a 73% decrease in overall injury rates per player, per position over a 2.5 year stint (7 separate playing seasons).
Jeff has considerable experience competing in powerlifting and Olympic weightlifting. He has posted powerlifting totals of 1550lbs at 220lbs, and 252kg weightlifting at 96kg. As a technique practitioner, Jeff reinforces to all athletes under his care, the same technical cues instilled in him by his coaches and in his experience. Jeff’s Masters degree in Exercise Science, CSCS and USAW certifications have provided him with an understanding of the theory and thought process that goes into developing successful strength and conditioning programs, the physiological responses of the body pertaining to all forms of exercise induced stress and the biomechanics associated with these modalities of exercise. Jeff also spent over two years teaching collegiate academia and strength and conditioning. In that time he developed the ability to effectively convey ideas and establish a rapport that promotes learning whether it be for students, athletes, parents, or athletic organizational figureheads. In the weight room he prides himself in being a highly technical coach in all forms of exercise and protocol. When asked what he believes in most, Jeff always responses that he “firmly believes in instructing correct technique to achieve strength goals and, most importantly, accomplishing our number 1 goal: to prevent injury”. Jeff’s dedication and work ethic is displayed in the quality of his work, where he values the challenge of leading athletes to their peak physical and mental capabilities.
Jeff was born in St. Louis, Missouri, but grew up in Nashville, North Carolina. He stayed in North Carolina for his undergrad at UNC-Wilmington followed by a move to Boone, North Carolina for his Masters degree. He then relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina where he has been for the last 5 years before joining the NJ FASSST team. He now lives in Freehold with his wife, Shannon.