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PJ Vande RydtPJ Van de Rydt
AR Level III Certified

Certified IYCA (International Youth Conditioning Assoc.) PJ Van de Rydt’s passion for sports is lifelong. His experience as both athlete and coach, as well as his commitment to sports excellence, proper athletic mechanics and training are the driving forces behind his career and Athletic Republic Norwood.

As a young athlete PJ excelled in baseball and football, and played in the Tom Yawkey ­Baseball league for three years. As a coach, he has guided many teams to the championship ­level and encouraged numerous young athletes to excel both on and off the field.

In 2008, Van de Rydt opened Precision Speed & Strength, a training facility for athletes. PJ’s desire for a premium program led him to Athletic Republic because of their ­science-based research, protocols and proprietary equipment. Precision Speed & Strength became Athletic Republic Norwood in 2009, and is now the premier sports training facility in Eastern Massachusetts, training ­hundreds of athletes each year.

PJ has been Head Football Coach at Westwood Middle School since 2008. He is also Head Coach of his son’s Youth Baseball and Flag Football teams.

Van de Rydt’s enthusiasm for football was the catalyst for him becoming an active participant in Football University (FBU), the top youth and high school football camp in the US. In 2010, PJ became FBU’s State Director and was instrumental in bringing the FBU camp from Western Massachusetts to Westwood High School. He started the first 7th and 8th grade FBU National Championship teams. The 8th grade team made it to the Final Four in San Antonio, Texas in the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons.

Dave MonahanDave Monahan
Sports Performance Coach & ARX Trainer
AR Level III Certified

David was a multi sport athlete in high school excelling in hockey and football. In 2002 David received a B.S. in Exercise Physiology from UMASS/Lowell. Having minored in Nutrition and Clinical Lab Science, he also worked as a Student Athletic Trainer at the University rehabilitating and conditioning collegiate athletes. Working at the Dexter Hockey Camp for 9 years he coached athletes from the ages of 6 to thirteen years old as an On-ice Coach and the Off-ice Director until 2003. David is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and has been an Assistant Ice Hockey Coach and the Strength and Conditioning Coach for Brookline High School from 2001-2003 and Walpole High School from 2005-2009. David also has worked at the Boston Sports Club as a Personal Trainer from 2003-2009.

Jason SylvesterJason Sylvester
Sports Performance Coordinator

Jason excelled in various sports throughout his high school career in Connecticut with an emphasis in baseball and football. He attended Ithaca College with a degree in Clinical Exercise Science focusing on training athletes form and function in all sports. After graduating at Ithaca in 09', Jason had an internship at one the well known Athletes' Performance in Gulf Breeze, FL. Not only did Jason get to work with various professional strength/conditioning coaches, he also worked with NFL, MLB, Semi-Pro Basketball, Tactical and top Division 1 college athletes. He was also gained knowledge through the rehabbing process of training as the facility was connected to the renowned Dr. Andrews institute.

After finishing up his internship, Jason played an integral role over at BlueStreak Sports Training, an Athletic Republic affiliate in Stamford, Connecticut. He worked with all athletes especially the Fairfield Country girls lacrosse teams, focusing on improving their running form/technique, speed skills, and had a huge emphasis in ACL prevention within the athletes.

Karianne KelleyKarianne Kelley
Mini-Athletes Director / Trainer

Karianne was a tri sport varsity athlete in high school excelling in field hockey, swimming and softball.  In 2005, she received a B.S in Recreation Management from the University of New Hampshire.   Since then, Karianne has worked with two different Recreation Departments planning and implementing early childhood and youth programs.  Her love for sports and passion for teaching makes her excel with our Mini Athletes and Junior programs.  Karianne is an ACE certified personal trainer and has done personal training with adults for the past four years.  Karianne continues to compete in triathlons and marathons

Gregg BouchardGregg Bouchard
Sports Performance Trainer

Gregg was a multisport athlete in high school and college. He played football and baseball at Bridgewater State and graduated with a B.S in Exercise Physiology in 2001. In 2001 he became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and interned at Harvard University. At Harvard he helped implement strength and conditioning programs for all athletes ranging from football to hockey. In 2009 Gregg also volunteered at the University of Texas Basketball facility where he worked with many division one and professional athletes.

In 2007 Gregg attended the Gray Institute in Adrian Michigan and completed their GIFT program. The GIFT program taught him the nuances of biomechanics to help his athletes stay healthy and on the playing field. Gregg has over 10 years of experience training athletes and adults and has been with Athletic Republic since October 2010.

Michael ScheideratMichael Schneiderat
Sports Performance Trainer

Michael has a degree from the University of New Hampshire in Kinesiology. He is certified through the NSCA as a Certified Strength and Conditioning specialist (CSCS). He played various sports during high school and was on the UNH Varsity Track and Field team.

Mike has been working as a Strength and Conditioning coach for more than 20 years and has been designing and facilitating strength and conditioning programs for semi-pro, college and high school teams throughout Massachusetts, New Jersey and New Hampshire.

Mike also has an expertise with athletes with diabetes. Being a diabetic himself, Mike works with athletes and teaches them how to manage the effects exercise can have on diabetics.

Stephanie Van Ness, CSCS
Sports Performance Coach & ARX Trainer

Stephanie brings a passion for fitness to her work at Athletic Republic, always looking for interesting ways to help clients move beyond their perceived limitations to reach their true potential. An experienced certified strength and conditioning specialist, Stephanie also is a skating instructor at Babson College. Prior to joining Athletic Republic, she worked with both school-aged athletes and adults as a personal trainer and strength coach at Boston Sports Clubs and SPORT-Rx Athletic Training Systems. As an athlete herself, she competed in gymnastics and springboard diving as a youth and today participates in a variety of sports, including ice hockey, boxing, figure skating and gymnastics. She holds a B.S. from Boston University and completed her graduate work in communications at Syracuse University. When not in the gym or at the rink she provides copywriting and editing services to corporate clients as owner of marcom firm Van Ness Communications.

Mike DuranMike Duran
Sports Performance Trainer & AR Level 3 Trainer

Mike graduated from Bridgewater State University in May 2014 with a degree in Exercise Science. Mike interned at Athletic Republic in the summer 2014 and was hired after proving his hard work and passion to train athletes. As a four year football player at Bridgewater he received two awards; 1st Team All-conference Offensive Lineman for Division 3, and 2nd Team Division 3 North All-Star for offensive line. Mike has worked football and speed and agility camps since 2011.

Rob FlorentinoRob Florentino
Hockey Trainer

Rob played hockey at Catholic Memorial for 3 years before transferring to BB&N. He then played college hockey at American International College and Umass Boston, where he was named to the ECAC All-Rookie team and became All-American his senior year.  Following college, Rob signed with the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL. He spent the 2013-14 season with the ECHL's Reading Royals, and the 2014-15 season with the Tampa Bay Lightning ECHL affiliate, Florida Everblades. Rob has been training at Athletic Republic for the last 3 years and has great knowledge of our training and the hockey treadmill working on stride and mechanics.

College/Junior Career
2007-2008 AIC (NCAA Div 1)
2009-2010 South Shore Kings
2010-2013UMass Boston
2011 ECAC East All-Rookie Team
2013 ECAC East First Team Selection
2013 NCAA Div 3 All-American
Pro Career
2013-2014 Las Vegas Wranglers
2013-2014 Reading Royals
2014-2015 Elmira Jackals/Florida Everblades (Fwd/Def)

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