Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
NATIONAL STRENGTH & CONDITIONING ASSOCIATION
· Former Strength Coach at Wagner College and Norwich University
· Former Head Strength Coach at University of Rochester
· Coached College Football from 1993 to 2014 – coached at Wagner College, Norwich University, The University of Rochester, and Union College
· Certified Personal Trainer at Gold’s Gym on Staten Island, NY 1993-1995
· ASPA judge
· 1993 NPC Mr. Upstate New York Light Heavyweight
· 1994 NPC Regional Qualifier Niagara Falls Light Heavyweight
· 1997 ADFPA March Madness Push/Pull – 1st Place- 220
· 1998 USAPL March Madness Push/Pull- 2nd Place- 220
· 1999 USAPL Bench Press/Deadlift Wars- 1st Place- 220
· 2000 USAPL State Championships- 2nd Place- 242
· 2001 USAPL State Championships- 1st Place- 242
· 2001 USAPL Iron Island Iron Man – 2nd Place- 242
· 2002 USAPL March Madness Push/Pull- 1st Place – 242
· 2012 ASPA Summer Classic Push/Pull- 1st Place- Masters
· USAPL Numbers- 585 Squat, 630 Deadlift, 445 Bench
FOCUSES & SPECIALTIES
5x5, 3x3 and heavy singles
with emphasis on movement to ensure proper positioning and range of motion.
Utilization in the training of heavy box squats, board presses, chains, block deads and rack pulls.
12–14 week cycles revolving around the lifter’s ability to add weight weekly, get stronger and become ready for a meet.
Increasing strength in deadlift
By full commitment to heavy rack work and speed off the block.
Increasing strength in the bench
By focusing on speed work with the bands, chains and heavy board work.
Increasing strength in the squat
By heavy walk outs, box squats and speed work from the hole.
BIO & Experience
I have been lifting since I was 11, when I started in my room with sand weights from JC Penney and Arnold’s Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding. I wanted to lift to be able to play football, which was my passion. I started actively powerlifting in the bench, squat and deadlift when I was 14 then transitioned into bodybuilding when I was 16. I stopped bodybuilding when I went to Union, where I played football and was part of the 1989 Stagg Bowl Team, where I continued to focus on the bench, squat and power clean. Upon graduation, I continued to learn about bodybuilding and entered my first show in 1993, where I won Mr. Upstate New York. I qualified for a regional qualifier in 1994 where I finished second and missed nationals. During this time, I became a certified trainer at Gold’s Gym and received my CSCS while running the strength program for football at Wagner College; I was also was their running back coach. At this time I began to truly appreciate powerlifting and began to train my teams with the bench, squat and deadlift.
I moved to Norwich University and was the head strength coach there for all University teams from 1995- 1996; I was also the defensive line coach. In 1996, I moved to the University of Rochester and was the defensive line coach and head strength coach, running strength programs for all 21 sports programs. In 1996 I decided to begin competing actively in the ADFPA and finished first in the March Madness meet in 1997, starting as a 220 lifter. In 1999 I left Rochester and started to coach at Union College, and continued to compete in powerlifting. I placed in a number of USAPL meets and won states in 2001.
In 2003 I began a family and stepped back, then began to have a number of injuries that prevented me from competing. I continued, however, to train others as well as working on my technique and form to continue to lift. At age 40 I attempted a comeback and injured myself while training. It was severe enough that I was out the all whole year. I came back the following year and won the 2012 ASPA Summer Classic. Since then I have focused on functional training with my former athletes and myself and have tried to help others where I can. I believe powerlifting can be a functional way of life and can help with confidence and mobility.
"Win meets, get stronger."