Mass Challenge 2012 Gold Prize Winner and Most Likely to Succeed Winner
2014 Boston Business Journal "40 under 40" - Jordan Fliegel
2014 Forbes "30 under 30" (sports) - Arian Radmand
2014 Boston Business Journal's Healthiest Employer
2014 Best Mobile App User Interface - Health & Fitness (Best Mobile App Awards)
2013 & 2014 Boston Innovation "50 on Fire" Nominee
Unfortunately, with the exception of golf it seems my competitive sports days are behind me (and most of the people I golf with would quickly say "competitive" is a stretch...). I've been a lifelong runner and to this day remember my HS cross-country coach shouting encouragement and threats from a bullhorn atop the steep hills of Southern California -- something we all hated until we won the CA state championship that year. We never would have done it without an outstanding coach.
The past decade has involved viewing sports as my children grew. I wish CoachUp had existed back then as I'm sure I was not particularly helpful along the way...
I graduated from Harvard with a degree in Russian and Soviet Studies, something that I can rarely use except for small talk with Gene and Vasili. After 30 years in companies large and small, I'm ecstatic to be part of CoachUp -- a hard-working and fun team dedicated to helping kids and adults alike build their skills, confidence and self-esteem.
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.
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"!
After six months of thorough searching for goalkeepers to train, I was woefully unsuccessful. Yet, after just two weeks with CoachUp, I already had booked three clients and my summer was booked! From that moment on, I knew that CoachUp had a unique and special mission that I wanted to be a part of.
I believe that the recipe for happiness is helping people and making a living doing it. At CoachUp, that's exactly what I get to do every day with some pretty amazing people. As an individual coach, the impact I have on players can be profound, but ultimately limited to only those I coach directly. As part of the CoachUp team, I'm helping exponentially increase that impact through a service that connects motivated athletes with great coaches for countless seasons to come.
I have a master's degree in Creative Brand Management, I'm a USSF-D licensed soccer coach, a former Division I and semi-professional goalkeeper, and I'm proud to say that I'm a CoachUp coach.
From an early age I have never been able to sit still. Sports have always been my outlet for all that energy and desire to be outside as much as possible. Growing up my coaches focus my energy and defined.
After graduating college, it was important for me to continue to be active and give back to the sports communities I loved. For the past eight years, I have volunteered as a youth lacrosse coach in the Boston area as well as served to grow the game through non-profit organizations like MetroLacrosse. Both these opportunities have helped me stay balanced and give back while I was earning my MBA from The Olin School of Management at Babson College and establishing a career in marketing.
Being able to direct my passion for coaching into a career at CoachUp is truly a dream. As the Marketing Manager for Local Programs, it is my mission to connect our coaches with clubs, youth sports, and communities to impact this next generation of athletes.
I grew up playing many sports, and I was sure I would play second base for the Red Sox someday. That didn't quite work out, but I still maintain a passion for sports. I currently coach at the youth level, and I play as much golf and ice hockey as possible. I'm a firm believer that playing sports not only provides enjoyment and a great physical workout, but also develops focus, discipline and social skills. These are skills that are useful in all walks of life.
Prior to joining CoachUp, I held senior finance positions at Vetcor and Computershare. I am a CPA with 20 years of experience in companies of all sizes. I joined CoachUp because I believe in the vision, and I love the hands-on, fast-paced environment that CoachUp provides.
Growing up, I would eat, sleep, and drink basketball, it was my life! Anywhere the basketball was bouncing, you could find me there, but I was still only an average talent. My life and basketball career changed in the 10th grade. I was fortunate to meet Coach Tom, an alum of my high school. Coach Tom played at Michigan State University, where he was able to make it to the NCAA Final Four, and after college he continued his career playing professionally overseas. He took me under his wing and showed me how to elevate my basketball skills. More importantly, I also learned the value of faith, hard work, and dedication through overcoming adversity and building relationships. I still abide by these qualities everyday and in everything I do. In fact, I always strive to instill the same lessons and qualities with the kids that I mentor and train today!
After high school, I played basketball at the collegiate level for Michigan Tech University, where I earned my degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. I continued my playing career professionally across the U.S., also traveled to play in Puerto Rico, Canada and China. Before joining the CoachUp team, I worked as a Realtor for Century 21 Cityside and I was (and still am) the most decorated CoachUp coach, training and mentoring young basketball players in my spare time. Joining CoachUp was a no-brainer, as I personally know the impact of a private coach. Now, through CoachUp I'm excited to be able to pay it forward, by connecting young aspiring athletes with great private coaches.
Sports have always been a huge part of my life. Whether it be coaches or professional athletes, I always had role models who I learned from in the field of athletics. Growing up I played soccer, basketball and lacrosse, so I had an appreciation for team sports from a young age and have translated many of those same values to my management style. CoachUp is the perfect fit because I get to combine my love of sports with my passion for business. I wish there had been a service like CoachUp when I was a kid!
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.
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 gravitated toward lacrosse and through the help of a great private coach, Coach Cash, I was recruited to play at Wesleyan University. There I served as a captain and was selected as an NCAA All-American.
I was drawn to CoachUp because of my personal experience with private coaching and my strong belief that sports play an important role in childhood development. I'm excited to further our mission of helping kids change the trajectory of their lives through sports.
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.
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.
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.
I have always maintained that there is a significant parallel between sport and life in that sport has the ability to teach lessons on the field that are significantly impactful off of it. My early years were defined by learning to put the team before self, understanding how to deal with adversity, and what it meant to compete. The most important thing that I have ever learned is that if you are not getting better, you are getting worse. In other words, no matter who you are, where you are, or what you are doing, you can and should always strive to be the very best version of yourself. This is a philosophy that I have lived by and instilled in my players as a baseball coach, most recently at TC Roberson High School in Asheville, North Carolina and with Needham’s (MA) Post 14 American Legion team. I jumped at the opportunity to come work for CoachUp for two reasons. First, the leadership structure and work environment here are conducive to success; and it’s always more fun to play for a winning team. Secondly, I believe with all of my heart in CoachUp’s product. I was able to, and continue to be able to, take my life to the next level because of my great coaches, instructors and role models. I want to help anyone and everyone – young or old – be better today than they were yesterday!