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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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
Hockey was the first sport I was ever truly passionate about, even though I never did actually get my coordination together enough to be anything more than a fan. Nonetheless, the culture proved to be a pivotal part of my life that ultimately inspired my passion for music which in turn opened up the opportunity for me to appropriate my artistic tendencies into a design career. While pushing pixels and finessing product minutia tends to firmly cement my status as an “indoor kid”, I still manage to keep a up bit of athletic activity through my regimented American Jiu Jitsu training.
The biggest thing I love about being a designer is empowering others with the visual tools and fundamental user experience to elevate their own businesses and brands, and that’s inherently similar to what CoachUp is doing for so many coaches and athletes across the country. It’s an honor to be part of such a passionate team that works tirelessly every day to help these folks reach their goals in sports and business to truly better themselves.
I’ve been all about sports since day one. Spending most of my adolescence on the soccer field and with a private coach, I understand the incredible impact that personalized coaching can have on someone—both on and off the field. Playing college soccer was an amazing experience and difficult challenge, but it proved to me what I already knew—that I wanted/needed to work in the sports world in some way. Though my days spent dreaming of becoming the next Mia Hamm are over, I’m stoked to use my professional skills as a marketer to help other people fulfill their sports dreams and goals.
I am a father of 4, with two in college and and two in high school, all who have been involved in sports at one time or another. Using the CoachUp service for them has been a big plus!
I have always been involved in customer service at all points in my life beginning with 5 years in the credit card collections business, then graduating from the renowned Le Cordon Bleu culinary institute, having a 10 year career as an executive chef, and continuing on into a clothing company running the customer experience and marketing team. You could say that the customer experience is something I am passionate about and excited to bring to the CoachUp team!
I am a huge fan of sports, in particular soccer and cycling. I am an avid bike racer, and that is where I spend my spare time, training to race a bunch of other weekend warriors!