I was raised in the Chicago area and played baseball my entire life. I attended Augusta State University on a full baseball scholarship where I also studied Exercise Science. During that time I lifted weights periodically, but did very little sport specific exercise. After college I signed with a professional team, the Normal Cornbelters (normalbaseball.com), where I continued playing baseball until I suffered a career ending torn rotator cuff diving headfirst into home plate.
With my baseball career over, I found my way to Superior Athletic Advantage, a strength & conditioning facility in Barrington IL. I started as an intern studying under former Olympic weightlifters and Division 1 strength and conditioning coaches. Superior Athletic Advantage incorporates Olympic weightlifting as a tool to help athletes develop explosive strength. I really liked the fact that weightlifting, unlike baseball, is an individual sport where you have much more control over your success. The more I learned, the more interested I became in Olympic lifting.