College: Syracuse University
Focus Areas: Football, Basketball, Baseball
After an outstanding high school and college football career at Reading Memorial High School and Syracuse University, Erik focused his career on improving athletic performance and health and wellness for people of all ages and abilities. Erik has personally trained over 35 local athletes whom he has helped receive Division 1 scholarships in football, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, and baseball. Recently Erik had a local athlete sign a professional contract in each of the 4 major professional sports (NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL) including Chris Shaw who was drafted in the 1st Round of the MLB draft.
Erik was selected in the past as one of 7 strength coaches to travel with NIKE and SPARQ to perform various speed and agility camps across the country. Erik is viewed as one of the nation’s leading NIKE SPARQ trainers. He was recently asked to travel across the country and speak at Keiser Power Summits on their behalf due to the work he has done using their products.
Over the past 4 years Erik has started and grown both an NFL and NBA combine training program; giving New England athletes an alternative to programs down south and out west. Erik takes great pride and modeling his craft after his time with world respected speed coach Tom Shaw. During the past 4 years Erik has been behind 14 signed NFL contracts and 2nd Round NBA draft pick, Pat Connaughton, who recorded the 2ndhighest max touch ever recorded at the NBA combine. Erik is a certified by the NSCA as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist.
College: University of Massachusetts – Amherst
Credentials: CSCS, USAW-L1SP, CPR/AED Certified
Focus Areas: Football, Hockey, Baseball, Athlete Rehab
Prior to joining Athletic Evolution, Scott led the Assumption College Football summer strength and conditioning program after completing three diverse internships. His internships included a private training facility, his Alma Mater, UMass, working with the basketball, hockey, lacrosse and football teams, and time at Sports and Physical Therapy Associates. A former captain of Hudson High School’s football and ice hockey teams, Scott graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a degree in Kinesiology. During his college years, Scott was a member of the UMass Amherst football team and earned the UMass special teams “Player of the Year” in 2010 while starting at fullback.
Scott’s passion for strength and conditioning stems from years of pushing himself to attain his own athletic goals. He is dedicated to helping young, driven athletes accomplish their own athletic goals. Scott has worked with every type of athlete from Youth to the Pros, as well as adults. He prides himself on being able to adapt each workout to the individual needs and goals of each client. Scott also assists Erik with the NFL and NBA combine programs each winter and spring after multiple seasons interning with him. Together they have helped over 20 athletes sign NFL contracts and 2 athletes get drafted.
Scott has recently become heavily involved with injury prevention and rehab. He takes pride in helping athletes come back from major injuries stronger and better than before their injury. In 2014 he formed a partnership between AE and the Micheli Center for Injury Prevention (division of Children’s hospital). Over the past 5 years Scott has helped over 50 athletes return to their sport following ACL surgery. Scott is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA and is a Level 1 Sports Performance Coach through USA Weightlifting.
College: Merrimack College
Credentials: MS, CSCS, USAW-L1, CPR/AED
Focus Areas: Olympic Lifting, Bodybuilding, Rowing, Hockey, Softball
Kaitlyn has been with Athletic Evolution since 2013 starting with 2 consecutive seasons as an intern, which turned into a full time coaching position in the winter. After graduating from Merrimack College with her Bachelors Degree in Sports Medicine, Kaitlyn worked with various teams, ages, sports, and individuals looking for 1 on 1 training.
College: UMass-Amherst (BS), Northeastern University (DPT)
Credentials: PT, DPT, BS, CSCS, RYT
Focus Areas: Physical Therapy, Rehab, Prehab, Massage Therapy
Stefanie completed her Bachelor of Science (BS) in Kinesiology at The University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2007. After 4 more years in Graduate school, she then received a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) at Northeastern University in 2012.
Stefanie brings an intimate knowledge of health & fitness to her treatment style, with 10 years of Physical Therapy & Personal Training experience. She also practices what she preaches and is an athlete herself. Stefanie was involved in competitive gymnastics her entire life and has grown to love running after completing 13 Marathons.
Stefanie’s passion for healthy living and first-hand knowledge allows her to specialize in rehabilitation of athletic injuries. She enjoys treating a wide variety of patients, but her clinical interests include evidence-based treatment approaches, hands-on manual therapy, emphasis on posture, and ergonomics. Stefanie ensures to develop an individualized exercise program that incorporates each patient’s individualized needs and personal goals.
Currently, she enjoys running, yoga, cooking, spending time with her puppy/family/friends, and living a happy & healthy lifestyle
Whether you are looking to rehab from a major injury or you just need some maintenance work to keep your training running smoothly make sure you contact Stefanie at AE Physical Therapy (located inside of Athletic Evolution) or via email ([email protected]).
College: Worcester State College
Credentials: CFSC, CPR/AED Certified
Focus Areas: Football, Basketball, Soccer, Lacrosse, Baseball
Before AE, Dana attended Worcester State University where he helped train the football and lacrosse Teams. In the Spring of 2015 he started his internship with AE and continued through the summer before being brought on full time. He was a 3-year starter for Worcester’s football team before attending the 2015 NFL Regional Combine. He specializes in linear speed development, footwork, and athletic development in football and basketball. For the past 3 years Dana has also worked with AE’s successful NFL Combine Prep Program. Throughout the spring and summer he transfers his Combine skills to his high school athletes as he helps them prepare for their combines and camps.
Dana is the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Skate 3 in Tyngsboro and the Islanders Hockey Club Teams based there. He also is the Director of AE’s upcoming Football Academy and works with North Reading, Burlington, Austin Prep, and Wakefield football teams. Dana is a Certified Functional Strength Coach and is CPR/AED certified
College: Merrimack College
Credentials: M.S., B.S., CPR/AED Certified
Focus Areas: Hockey, Baseball, Football
Dan Thiesing joined the AE coaching staff as a Strength and Conditioning Coach in the summer of 2018. Dan was hired after first coming to AE as an intern in the fall of 2016, after the internship he was welcomed back for a fellowship in the Fall of 2017. Dan grew up in Sandwich, MA. While attending Sandwich High School Dan played baseball and basketball all four years. Dan attended Merrimack College and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science in 2017. In 2017 Dan returned to Merrimack College for his Master’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science, earning his degree in 2018.
Dan is currently the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Reading High School Boy’s and Girl’s hockey teams. He is also the Strength Coach for the U14 Islanders Hockey Program, training out of Merrimack College. Dan is also a Personal Trainer for Football, Hockey and Baseball athletes of all ages. Dan is currently studying for the CSCS through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
College: Endicott College
Credentials: BS, CPR/AED Certified
Focus Areas: Football, Basketball
Daquan Sampson joined AE as a full time Strength and Conditioning Coach in the summer of 2017 after working as an intern in the summer of 2014 and fall of 2016, and as a part-time coach through the spring and summer seasons of 2015 and 2016. Daquan graduated from Endicott College in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Psychology. During his college days, Daquan was a member of Endicott Men’s Basketball team where he scored over 1,000 career points.
Daquan has been working with the North Reading Football Team and Evolution Basketball AAU program for the past 3 years as their Strength and Conditioning Coach. He’s dedicated to helping athletes of all levels to improve their athletic performance, accomplished their athletic goals, and build their character. Daquan is currently studying for the CSCS through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and he plans on continuing his education and pursuing a master’s degree in Sport Psychology.
College: Springfield College
Credentials: B.S., CPR/AED Certified
Focus Areas: Football, Hockey, Lacrosse
Reece Ayers joined the AE coaching staff as a Strength and Conditioning coach in the fall of 2017 after completing the summer internship program. Reece was a standout Football and Lacrosse player at the Academy of the New Church in Bryn Athyn, PA. He went on to play Lacrosse at Springfield College, and graduated from the Applied Exercise Science program cum laude in the Spring of 2015.
Reece is currently the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Boston Shamrocks Elite Women’s Hockey Club in Wilmington, MA and the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Islanders Club Hockey program in Tyngsborough, MA. He is also a Personal Trainer for Football, Hockey and Lacrosse athletes of all ages. Reece is currently studying for the CSCS through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
College: Sacred Heart University
Credentials: CPR/AED Certified
Focus Areas: Adult Fitness
Jessica has been a fitness enthusiast as long as she can remember as a former athlete and an avid sports fan. She’s been at AE as a member since the days the doors opened. Last year she decided to further her passion for health, fitness and helping others by becoming a certified instructor. She now coaches in multiple AE adult fitness programs. When not at the gym, Jess works full time as a labor and delivery nurse.