Mass Challenge 2012 Finalist, Gold Prize Winner, and Most Likely to Succeed Winner
I was a very mediocre high school basketball player who, through sheer luck, stumbled across a private coach who taught me how to really play the game. I improved tremendously through his coaching, was recruited to play at one of the best colleges in the country, and after graduating, earned an opportunity to play professional basketball overseas. I later became a private coach, which has allowed me to stay involved in the sport I love, and to pay it forward to young athletes in Boston, where I grew up.
My experience in basketball - the life lessons I've learned on and off the court, the friends I've made, the academic and professional doors that the game opened - helped define me as a person, and has been a continuous source of joy in my life.
I founded CoachUp from my heart, with the simple idea that the world would be a better place if every person who has an athletic dream could receive the help they need to achieve their full potential. At CoachUp, we are working hard every day to make that vision a reality. I hope you join us!
I'm an avid skier and sailor. I began sailing when I was eight years old and it quickly became more than a hobby. When I started racing competitively, my parents (who knew nothing about the sport) were at a loss for how to help me improve. They did their best by trying to find qualified private coaches to help me excel, but were only moderately successful without a service such as CoachUp. It wasn't until I began sailing in college at Boston University that I received regular coaching and realized how valuable coaching is for an athlete's development. While in college, I worked for four years as a Sailing Instructor and Racing Coach giving group lessons as well as private lessons. This experience allowed me to pass on the lessons and skills I had learned to others who were trying to make their way in the sport just as I had.
Before CoachUp, I worked as a Software Engineer for EMC Corporation as well as for Lime Brokerage, where I was responsible for overseeing the architecture design, implementation, and launch of Lime Brokerage's control channel for its Citrius Trading Platform (the fastest automated trading system on the planet). I jumped at the chance to build CoachUp's technology platform, where I can make a difference in people's lives by solving a pain point I have experienced myself.
Even though I'm a stereotypical 'nerd' with a double major from MIT, sports have been a big part of my life. Did you know that MIT has a thriving intramural sports program allowing academic departments, clubs, and living groups to play against each other in over 20 sports? I captained and played on teams in sports including Badminton, Dodgeball, Football, Soccer, Basketball, Ice Hockey, Ultimate, Volleyball, and more, because sports are a great way to have fun and get some exercise. Here at CoachUp, I'm excited about creating an experience which helps others enjoy the benefits of sports, too. If something on the site is not working properly, it's probably my fault, so please let me know!
I love the fast-paced work environment of startups. Prior to joining CoachUp, I was an SVP of Product Development at KAYAK, where I led KAYAK's development team. Before that, I worked at a number of exciting startups: at VideoIQ, I was developing an intelligent security video camera; at Open Ratings, which has been acquired by Dun&Bradstreet, I ran the Business Intelligence team; and at DataSage, which is now owned by OpenText, I built data mining applications.
I'm excited to be a part of CoachUp because it empowers people. It helps amateur athletes get better at the sport that they love, and even more importantly, it enables coaches to do what they enjoy doing the most: coaching and helping athletes to get to the next level.
I joined CoachUp because participating in sports fundamentally changes kids lives. Thru sports kids develop focus, leadership, and social skills. When I'm out on a multi-pitch climb I find my Zen and it's where I'm happiest. My hope is that CoachUp will help everyone find their own lifelong passion for sport and fitness.
Prior to CoachUp I worked at Upromise, Care.com and Wahanda.com helping to create some of the best marketplaces in the world. I love to live in the middle of the big bang where technology, data and creativity come together.
When I'm not geeking out on marketing you can find me climbing a rock, dancing, traveling around the world, and just generally having a good time.
When I was a kid I would memorize the stats for an entire year's set of baseball cards. I would also obsess over the colors and fonts used by each card company each year and rant about what I did and didn't like about each design. Then I would figure out creative ways to get my friends to trade me the cards that I wanted, so I guess I've always appreciated the intersection between design, metrics, marketing and sports - now, with Coachup I get to call it "work"!
I grew up playing baseball and other sports on a regular basis until an injury forced me to move on to computers and music. For the past ten years I have been the lead singer and guitarist of a metal band here in Boston. Although sports aren't my main focus, I surely know the benefits of a good coach. Before using a coach for vocals, I would lose my voice all the time. I was damaging my vocal chords due to singing incorrectly. After I got the training, everything changed for me.
I am excited to work for CoachUp because I believe that everyone can excel in their field if they have the right person to show them the way. CoachUp does this in a big way with their large selection of sports and professionals who can teach not only how a person can get better at their craft, but also how to do it correctly.
Growing up, I was an average athlete with big dreams! During the summer of 2002, I attended the World Cup in South Korea. The opportunity to watch the best soccer players compete against each other was inspiring. While watching the championship match, I made a goal to play soccer for an elite NCAA D-1 program. I enlisted the help of a private coach, Coach Tim, who instilled the athletic ability, mental fortitude, and overall confidence necessary to achieve my dream. With Tim's help, I went on to play college soccer at the University of Notre Dame.
Before joining CoachUp, I worked at Johnson & Johnson in sales and marketing for three years. I joined CoachUp because I believe in our vision - every athlete should have access to a great private sports coach. We hear stories from our athletes everyday about how private coaching has transformed their lives for the better. The opportunity to play a role in that story is special and makes work not seem like "work"!
I am a big sports fan. I casually play basketball, badminton and ping pong with friends and family during my spare time. Playing sports not only provided me with the much needed physical exercise, but has also taught me about teamwork, self-confidence, persistence and emotion management. After graduating college with a CS/Engineering degree I went on to work for startups and well rounded companies, building both desktop and web applications. I enjoy solving complex software problems. CoachUp provides me the perfect common ground to combine my interests in sports and expertise in software development to build communities with upcoming star athletes and dedicated and driven coaches.
I've enjoyed following and playing sports all my life. When I was younger, I had a great time playing team sports like baseball, basketball and lacrosse. These days I enjoy more individual sports; one of my favorite places to spend time is out on the golf course, and on a daily basis you can find me dominating the office ping-pong table.
I graduated from the University of Richmond in 2010, and after testing the waters as an intern in several industries, I've finally found a great place to settle in. Working at CoachUp lets me have a hand in a wide array of projects and also gives me a chance to exercise my creative license. Moreover, there's never a shortage of new projects to take on, so my work never gets boring. I truly believe in Jordan's vision, and I'm excited about helping to take CoachUp to Another Level!
I have always been competitive by nature, and so growing up I played just about every sport imaginable — including a few of my own creation. Over time I began gravitating towards lacrosse and through the help of a great private coach I was recruited to play at Wesleyan University. There I served as a captain during my senior season and was selected as an NCAA All-American. Being from the Boston area, I'm excited to be home and pumped to volunteer as an assistant lacrosse coach for my high school alma mater, BB&N. I am extremely passionate about two things: sports and technology. Here at CoachUp I get to work with both of them daily.
It took me a few years to find a love for sports. I joined the cross-country team at school because I thought it'd look good for colleges. That's when my passion for running began. In running when you work hard, you run fast - it made sense. Until I got seriously injured. I struggled to overcome exertion compartment syndrome that required surgical correction and caused me to miss out on token college recruiting years. As a result I couldn't join the XC/Track teams at Boston University. I was devastated.
I gave rowing a try and experienced what it was like to be a DI athlete, but eventually returned back to running. A few years later I'm still running and competing at the national level. I've had great team coaches over the years but have always wondered if a private coach could have helped me with my unique challenges and training needs. When I heard about CoachUp and its mission, I knew I had to be a part of the company.
Outside of running and fitness activities, I love to travel, read, write, cook/eat, play piano and sing. I come to CoachUp from PUMA and hope to bring some of my experiences, in sport and in business, to help develop the CoachUp brand and spread the word about this incredible company.
I grew up in the Boston area and was born at the start of the iconic '85-86 season when the Celtics won their 16th championship. I collected baseball cards back when Mike Greenwell was destined to be the Rookie of the Year. So needless to say I've always had sports in my blood. In high school when I wasn't making websites or video games, I was playing track and lacrosse. I went to Brown University (go Bears) for my BS and MS in computer science and spent 5 years making more website and video games, and playing even more lacrosse. After school I worked at Microsoft and Vistaprint for a few years and realized I missed sports so I headed up product over at StarStreet, another Boston sports company. Now that I'm at CoachUp, I'm continuing my love of sports and technology with my passions in user experience and human computer interaction, making the lives of our customers as easy and painless as possible.
Sports have always been a big part of my family ever since my grandparents met each other on their college basketball teams. As a kid, I would return to school every fall with a dark tan and a couple new T-shirts from either basketball, tennis, or swimming camps. After I walked on to the University of Rochester swimming and diving team, quality coaching kept me from being the worst swimmer in Division III (although I remained in contention). In 2012, I developed a stopwatch app for Android called Race Watch, which is specifically designed to enable coaches to take full advantage of big touchscreens. I'm excited to give coaches all the mobile tools they need as we bring the full CoachUp experience to Android and iOS.
I am a lifelong geek from the North Shore of Massachusetts. I have been working as a web developer since I was a sophomore in high school in the late 90s. Almost a decade later, when the iPhone was first announced, I knew I had to start programming for the platform. I was jailbreaking and writing my own apps before it was allowed by Apple, and ever since the developer program has been available, I've been creating in-house apps for various companies. I also have a few of my own apps in the App Store. I run, bike, and climb, and each time I try to go faster, go farther, or do better than the last time I went out. Working at CoachUp lets me combine the things I am passionate about and has given me the opportunity to work with a great team.
I am a fan of many sports and still fondly remember the days spent playing on my high school's Badminton and Softball teams. I have also always been a techie. Even going into college, I knew I wanted do web development and CoachUp gave me the opportunity I desired. I am excited and privileged to be part of a team that is dedicated to making a difference!
For as long as I can remember, I've been fascinated with design and sports. Apart from my beloved Arsenal, I would root for soccer clubs based on their kit design and corporate sponsor when I was a young lad. I had dreams of playing in the World Cup and the NBA Finals. Unfortunately, my soccer and basketball skills weren't up to par with the Beckhams and Bryants of the world. These days I spend my time playing tennis, running, and designing at CoachUp. I'm excited to be a part of this amazing team and I look forward to creating a better user experience for today's rising stars. Prior to CoachUp, I spent several years as a creative director and designer at advertising agencies in Austin and Dallas, TX. I focused on branding and marketing small businesses and startups from different industries throughout the nation.
I grew up playing almost every sport imaginable. From water polo to snowboarding, cross country to tennis (and beyond), I was almost always on a field, on a court, or in a pool. In addition to playing quidditch in college (yes, that's a thing!), I played a year of tennis and ran cross country for (almost) a year at Emerson College. The amount of coaching I received at that level completely changed the way I thought about private athletic instruction. I went from barely making the tennis team to being a regular starter and never thinking I could run more than 10 miles to completing the 2012 Boston Marathon (in 90 degree heat!). Before joining CoachUp, I worked at SmartBear Software as a digital marketing producer. Additionally, I am the Creative Director and Co-Founder of an athletic apparel startup for alternative sports called Quiyk. I joined CoachUp because I believe in the power sports has to impact lives. Athletics shaped my life and values and I want to be able to contribute to a team that believes in that mission.
Like most young basketball players, I had lofty dreams of playing in the NBA. By the time I was in 6th grade I realized that the NBA was probably not a very realistic goal. I continued to play basketball through college, at Emerson in Boston, but unsurprisingly was not good enough to play professionally. My freshman year at Emerson I started a quidditch apparel company with a classmate, and got involved in the entrepreneurship minor at Emerson. In the spring of 2013 I read about CoachUp. It was the perfect intersection of my love for sports and my interest in business development.
I am thrilled to be joining the CoachUp team, and can't wait to have a hand in CoachUp's imminent success!
I grew up in a household that loves sports. I played soccer throughout high school and also love baseball and basketball. Sports have always been a huge part of my life, and they're something I'm passionate about. Coming out of college, I didn't know exactly what I wanted to do, but I knew I wanted to be doing something I love. I found that at CoachUp. Now, I have the opportunity to speak with CoachUp coaches and clients on a daily basis which allows me to get a deeper understanding of our product and how we can always be striving to improve it. There's never a boring day in the CoachUp office. I also get to work with some incredibly talented people who are fun to be around.
My role at CoachUp gives me the opportunity to combine two of my favorite things: Organization and sport business. Sports and athletics have been a large part of my life. As an athlete, I played ice hockey and ran track. As a coach, I have participated in youth basketball and high school ice hockey. However, at an early age, I took a real interest in the business and sociological aspects of the sports world. I studied sport business at UMass Amherst and went right to work at a sport marketing agency. From there I went on to run Acton-Boxborough's youth basketball program where my goal was to make the game accessible to as many children as possible. What I have learned is I get the most satisfaction enabling others to find the joy in athletics that I have had my entire life. Now that my athletic hey days are over, I enjoy Yoga, skiing, and the rollerblading around Cambridge!