We’re a team of sport science geeks, endurance sport fanatics and lovers of all things outdoors!
Our client-centric team is comprised of a select group of highly skilled and talented individuals across multiple disciplines that in addition to their professional attributes, are also endurance sport athletes!
Rick holds a BS in Kinesiology from Springfield College and is a certified corrective exercise specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), as well as a certified UESCA running and triathlon coach. He is the founder of UESCA and has been in the endurance sports coaching and fitness industry for over 21 years.
Rick is a competitive runner and cyclist, having raced bikes nationally and internationally (Belgium/Holland) and ran collegiate track and cross-country. Rick competes in running races and loves spending time outdoors.
Faith Raymond Strafach
Director of Coach Development
Faith holds a B.S. in Marine Science, an M.S. in Oceanography and is a certified UESCA Running Coach. She began running in 2011 to train for a 5K which led to the natural progression of longer distance road races. Along the way, Faith discovered a love of trail running, and more specifically ultrarunning, which persists to this day. From distances of 50K to 100 miles and every one in between, Faith has raced them all and (almost) loved every minute of it!
As the Coaching Development Director, Faith works with UESCA candidates and coaches to enhance their learning experience and mentor them post certification.
A graduate of Texas A & M, Jason Koop is the Head Coach for CTS - Ultrarunning. He is the author of ‘Training Essentials for Ultrarunning’ which has become the benchmark book for ultramarathon training. During his coaching career, he has managed over 100 endurance coaches and several hundred athletes of all types, abilities and sports.
He is also a sought after speaker and presenter for all topics relating to ultramarathon performance. He is coach to many of today’s top ultramarathon athletes including Dylan Bowman, Kaci Lickteig, Timothy Olson, Stephanie Violet, Dakota Jones, Kelly Wolf and many others. An accomplished ultrarunner in his own right, he has finished some of the most difficult races on the planet including the Badwater 135, Hardrock 100, Leadville Trail 100, Wasatch 100, Bear 100 and Western States 100.
Advisors and Contributors
Jeremy Bruce, MD
Jeremy Bruce, MD is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon who treats musculoskeletal conditions resulting from injury, overuse, and arthritis.
Dr. Bruce was a member of The United States Bobsled and Skeleton Team, and first became interested in sports medicine from his time spent at the Lake Placid Olympic Training facilities.
Dr. Bruce earned his BS and MS in Physical Therapy at Springfield College, where he lettered in track.
After receiving his Doctor of Medicine from the Medical College of Georgia, Dr. Bruce went on to perform his orthopaedic residency. He then went on to complete a Sports Medicine fellowship at The Andrews Institute. As a fellow, Dr. Bruce worked side-by-side with renowned orthopaedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews.
Britton Brewer Ph.D
Dr. Brewer is professor of psychology at Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts where he served as the head men’s cross-country coach from 1993 to 2001. He is a Certified Consultant for Applied Sport Psychology and a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. Dr. Brewer earned his B.A., University of Washington, his M.A. from Arizona State University and his Ph.D. from Arizona State University.
Sean Begley CSCS
Triathlon - Strength
Sean is a New York City based multisport coach and personal trainer with over 20 years of experience. Sean holds a BS in exercise physiology from Ithaca College and is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (Strength and Conditioning Specialist) and a USA Triathlon (Level 1) coach. Sean has competed in numerous triathlons ranging from Sprint to Full Distance.
Jim Bolster MA
In 34 years as head coach of the Columbia University’s men’s swimming team, Jim Bolster has forged one of the Northeast’s most successful programs. His teams have captured one Eastern Swimming League (EISL) dual title and one runner-up place, while completely rewriting the Columbia record book.
More than 50 new school records have been set since Bolster came to Columbia.
Bolster is an avid cyclist and triathlete
Jeff Bruno DC
Dr. Bruno holds a BS in exercise science from Plymouth College and a DC from the Cleveland Chiropractic College. He has also served as the team chiropractor and strength/conditioning specialist for the WNBA team, Chicago Sky. Dr. Bruno began his career as a master trainer at the Reebok Sports Club/NY.
A competitive downhill skier in high school, Dr. Bruno has since turned his athletic focus to endurance sports-related endeavors such as road, mountain biking and off-road triathlons.
Shala Davis Ph.D
Dr. Shala E. Davis is a professor and department chair in the Department of Exercise Science at East Stroudsburg University.
A former NCAA Division I track & field athlete at the University of Delaware, Dr. Davis brings a wealth of experience and perspective to her position. She received her BS in Health and Physical Education from Delaware, MS in Health and Sport Science from Wake Forest University and Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Virginia. Dr. Davis continues her lifetime commitment to sport and activity by regularly competing in marathons.
Scott Dresden MD
Dr. Dresden is currently a Medical Director for Aurora Occupational Health and Wellness in Milwaukee, WI. Dr. Dresden received his MD from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and is Board Certified in Family Medicine. He earned his Master of Public Health at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Previously, Dr. Dresden served as the Medical Director at Goldman Sachs in New York City.
Dr. Dresden is an avid triathlete having competed in many triathlons including the Ironman world championships.
Mikael is a USA Triathlon, USA Cycling and USA Track and Field certified coach. He is a nationally ranked duathlete and the consummate endurance racer, having represented Team USA at the 2007 and 2009 World Duathlon Championships.
Hanson has worked with athletes of all ages and abilities. He holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business.
Karen Litzy DPT
Karen graduated from Misericordia University with a masters and doctorate degree in Physical Therapy. Karen currently runs her own concierge physical therapy practice in NYC and is the founder of the podcast, Healthy Wealthy and Smart.
She has received certificates from Dr. David Butler, Dr. Lorimer Moseley, Dr. Paul Hodges, The Institute of Physical Art, The American Physical Therapy Association, Hospital for Special Surgery, and many more.
Jimmy Santiago Moreno USAT
Jimmy is the founder of Santiago Multisport Coaching, based in La Jolla, CA. He holds a B.S in Health Sciences and is a graduate of the Institute of Integrated Nutrition.
Jimmy was one of the first USA Triathlon coaches certified at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
Currently, he holds a Level II USAT certification. As a coach with over 30 years of international racing experience Jimmy has mastered the art and science of triathlon coaching. As an athlete, Jimmy has competed in over 250 multisport events including 2 Ironman World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
Andrea Schwartz RD
Andrea “Andie” Schwartz is a registered dietitian and certified personal trainer. Andie started her athletic career as a runner in high school and college as a hepthathlete. After college Andie transitioned to triathlons and has competed and podiumed in dozens of races. In 2009, she represented Team USA in the International Triathlon Union’s (ITU) World Championships in Australia and took 4th place at USAT Sprint Nationals.
Andie holds a MS in Education from Temple University, a BS in Psychology from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from Metropolitan State University of Denver. She’s also a certified strength coach and personal trainer through NSCA.
Jessica Underhill MS
Jessica is a running coach and certified personal trainer. Additionally, Jessica is also a certified health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Jessica holds an MS in Exercise Science and Health Promotion.
In addition to coaching running clients privately through her coaching practice, Race Pace Wellness, Jessica is also a Girls On The Run© running coach as well as an ambassador for Brooks Running®. Jessica has competed in countless running events and has completed many half and full marathons, including the Boston Marathon.
Alex Baldaccini PT, LMT
Running - Physical Therapy
Alex is passionate about all endurance sports, having been part of the Italian national team in mountain running and cross-country, winning international medals and competitions. Alex has a degree in physiotherapy and a diploma as a massage therapist. Currently, Alex manages his private practice where he offers physiotherapy and coaching services.
Katherine Farrell, RD, CDN
Katherine Farrell Harris is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Dietitian/Nutritionist in the state of New York and Certified Diabetes Educator. She has been in practice since 2001. Katherine is also certified in Adult Weight Management and is a certified personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise. Currently, she is the Director of Integrative Nutrition at Advantagecare Physicians.
Katherine has developed and led successful nutrition programs for Goldman Sachs and Citigroup employees and has established herself in NYC as the “green” RD with a passion for nutritious food. She has completed two NYC marathons and several half marathons and many shorter distance road races.
James Jankiewicz MS, CSCS
Running - Strength Training
James has been an avid runner since he first started in local races at 16 years of age, he then went on to compete in 6 marathons and has coached runners for the last couple decades.
James holds a BS in Nutrition / Dietetics from Montclair State University and a MS in Exercise Science. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association as well as Kettle bell and UESCA certified coach. James is the founder of Inner Athlete Training.