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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'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!
Like most of the kids I grew up with in New England, I played a variety of sports and loved everything about the competition. I was fortunate to play for some great coaches, and learn the life lessons that only sports can teach you. The older you get, the more you realize there are fewer opportunities to compete in most of the sports you love, so it is essential to apply that competitive spirit in new and productive pursuits. After graduating from Middlebury College, I relocated to Scottsdale, Arizona to launch concepts in a variety of competitive industries, from restaurants to apparel, with projects in television and film along the way. I jumped at the chance to return to New England to work with CoachUp because I believe so strongly in the vision of the company, and couldn’t wait to compete every day with the tremendous team at CoachUp to make a difference in the lives of kids.
One of my most enduring life lessons has come from participating in organized sports: Not everyone can be the starting quarterback or captain of the basketball team. That’s the reality. However, even though I was unable to achieve those coveted positions in High School, I did not let that keep me down. I sought out alternative sports that were fun, challenging and allowed me to excel. Ultimately, I lettered in Golf and Track (where I was the #1 pole vaulter in my school).
Since that early experience, I have looked at life as a series of opportunities. By doing my best at whatever job I held, doors that were once closed opened up. Starting at Time Life in a marketing role, I was recruited to AOL to manage the fledgling TV advertising program. When AOL stopped marketing through TV, I led the first internet advertising campaigns. I was the marketing lead when AOL launched Instant Messenger - the original killer app. After the successful launch I became the product manager for AIM, growing it from 0 to 25 million registered users in two years. From AOL, I went to Monster.com to hold a number of Product, eCommerce and General Management roles. From Monster, there were a couple of start ups and eventually, I became the head of eCommerce at The Princeton Review.
I love CoachUp for its mission - bringing athletes and world class coaches together - and the people that make this marketplace possible.
Unlike most of my CoachUp colleagues, I didn't play sports as a kid. My brother was nurtured as the all-around athlete while I was pegged the family bookworm/creative spirit. Too bad CoachUp wasn’t around back then. I certainly could have benefited from some 1-on-1 sports coaching and personalized instruction during my formative years.
“Sports” these days translates to running around trying to keep up with my very active toddler, but I do try to work in a good spin class whenever possible. I recently became the proud owner of a Peloton bike which makes it easier to squeeze in rides. We’re also huge Boston Bruins and Red Sox fans and season ticketholders so you can often find my husband and I cheering them on.
I'm excited to once again be involved in the early stages of a company's development. I look forward to working with a bright marketing team to turn CoachUp into a household name that people not only know and love, but realize they want and need in order to improve their game in sports and life.
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"!
Growing up in France, I tried as many sports as I could (hockey, soccer, judo, handball, tennis) with limited success! If only CoachUp had been around then! Now a (slow but motivated) runner, and father of 2 very active little boys, I understand more than ever the positive impact that sports can play in one's life, and how every single milestone influences self confidence and happiness. I am very excited to be a part of the CoachUp team. Working with such an amazing group of talented and fun people, on helping athletes of all levels become happier, healthier and have more fun doing what they like - I couldn’t ask for more! When not at work, you can find me cooking, cheering for any Boston sports team or going on hikes, bike rides, rollerblade adventures with my family.
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.
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'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 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!
When I was younger, I played a bunch of different sports. Baseball, soccer, street hockey, pick-up football, a little basketball... pretty much whatever my older brother was playing, I'd probably be playing too. But the one that really stuck was soccer. I played for nearly 20 years, starting at 4 years old, all through high school, and onto rec leagues for a few years after that. While I was never destined for greatness, I was very fortunate to have some great coaches as I grew up who were constantly pushing me to improve and would never let me settle for 'good enough'.
Aside from soccer, I had a lot of interest in tearing things apart and putting them together again. Legos, computers, toasters... you know, the cliche childhood story of an engineer. This ultimately lead to my degree in computer science and career as a developer. It's nice being able to build things and figure out how they work without the risk of electrocution.
I joined CoachUp because I wanted to work on a team to not only help improve my own skills as a developer but to also help other people improve their skills and achieve their goals in sports or whatever fitness goals they may have.
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!
I have been a volleyball player my entire life. I had a volleyball as a crib toy when I was a baby. I played club volleyball all through high school and since my school did not have a boys team and when I went to school in Florida I transitioned to playing beach volleyball. I am also very into outdoor adventure whether it be rock or ice climbing, hiking, backpacking or just general mountaineering.
I live and breath Android. In school I discovered the Android platform and fell in love with it. Now I actively work in Android and have even contributed to the Android source code.
Growing up, when people would ask "What is your dream job?" I would answer "Defenseman for the Boston Bruins." Since NHLer D-wing was (surprisingly) not in the cards for me, I had to resort to plan B - sports business. My career in sports business began at my alma mater, Brown University, and was furthered during graduate school at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. After various internships, coaching positions, and most recently a few seasons with the New England Patriots where I worked in Corporate Partnerships, I landed at CoachUp.
As a soccer goalkeeper, hockey defenseman (intramural), and lacrosse attacker, I've always loved the competition, grit, and heart that is inherent in sport. My most recent athletic venture has been in the world of yoga, earning my RYT-200 certification in 2014 to teach power Vinyasa classes. CoachUp provides the perfect intersection where my evolution from an athlete to a coach to a sports business professional can live.
As a Boston native, I grew up consuming all things sports and like many people here at CoachUp, I grew up playing a number of sports as well. Not matter the season I was always on a field or court. After graduating from Needham High School in 2010, I went on study at UMass Amherst where I received a B.A. in Communication. Although I did not play on a team in college, I’ve never lost my competitive nature. This lead me to moved to Los Angeles to work at a talent agency. After a year there, I decided to move back to Boston where I jumped at the opportunity to work on the CX team at CoachUp. I’m really excited to be working in a team environment again and to be helping CoachUp get to the next level!
When not working at CoachUp I’m watching the Pats, Red Sox, Celtics, or Bruins play, working on my golf game, catching up on several books that I am reading, and exploring different restaurants around Boston!
Claude (Mookie) Nelson
Sports – baseball mainly – have been an important part of my life for as long as I can remember. Sure I had endless dreams of playing centerfield for the Red Sox, but I realized that the only thing I had in common with Mookie Betts was the first name. However, I love and respect baseball way too much to ever feel cheated by not going pro. For me, sports have always been about the journey than the destination. The thrill of my first walk-off home run faded over time, but the friendships that I built and the lessons that I learned between the fouls poles have stayed with me.
Working closely with some of my coaches, I learned the true value about professionalism and preparation on and off the field. Unconsciously, I was also being taught critical life lessons of how to overcome adversity, through sports. Lessons that influenced me to strive to become more than just a better player, but a better person.
My love of sports will always come second to my love of friends and family. I am nothing without them. To remind me of this, I tattooed a quote on my arm. It reads, “Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everyone I’ve ever known.” Now, part of the CoachUp family, I get to dedicate my time to help further our service and ensure that athletes all over the U.S. achieve their full potential. Play on!
Sports have been a huge part of my life ever since I started competing against my older brother, Matt, on the driveway basketball hoop. This love for sports evolved into playing baseball, soccer, basketball, and football throughout my childhood. Summer trips to watch Pedro at Fenway Park steered me in the direction of baseball and I went on to compete collegiately at Columbia University in New York City. My experience in athletics has helped me develop some excellent relationships with past coaches and I am grateful for the opportunity to facilitate similar experiences through CoachUp.
Now that my playing days are over, I am not only looking to help other coaches meet athletes on CoachUp’s Coach Engagement Team, but I have also started to coach myself, giving pitching lessons on the weekends. A native of North Andover, MA, I have also helped out with North Andover High’s fall ball baseball league. When not helping athletes achieve their goals on the field, you find find me with friends and family exploring Boston, or making the occasional trip back to NYC to watch my former teammates compete.
Growing up, I dreamt of winning a World Series alongside Nomar Garciaparra at second base even though it was painfully obvious by 2004 that I would never hit a ball as well. Taking the passion and patience I learned supporting the Red Sox through many heartbreaks and blown games, I found a serious desire to write about sports. And while I dabbled in nearly every sport at the high school level, from baseball and hockey to basketball and Ultimate, I’ve learned so much about the games I love from simply watching and analyzing them.
So, when I started at CoachUp in June of 2015, I came on as a Content Intern tasked with making our Training Center bigger and better than ever. But since my desire to learn and grow never ends, I accepted a new role as a Customer Experience Associate in November. Now, I’m getting a first-hand look at our Athletes and Coaches in a way I never did before. If you’re looking for me, you can always find me posting on the CoachUp blog, posting on Social Media, or cheering for my favorite soccer team, Arsenal.