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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 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 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 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!
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.
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!
Growing up I tried to play on as many sports teams as possible, one year I was on 5 different basketball teams at the same time. I couldn't get enough of it. After playing basketball and tennis for four years in high school I was lucky enough to continue playing both at Principia College. It wasn't until college I learned the value of training and putting in the work during the off season. The summer before my senior basketball season I trained at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL as well as in Boston with a private coach. My game improved dramatically and I had my best season.
After graduating from Principia I was asked to come back and be the assistant coach for the basketball program. Following the 2014-15 season I realized that solely being a coach was not what I wanted to do. I made the decision to move back home to the Boston area and that's where I found CoachUp. From my experience both as a coach and receiving private coaching I am so grateful I get to be a part of a company I truly see value in.