Mark has been a highly respected strength and conditioning coach for over 10 years. He has worked with athletes in every sport, and has developed his own unique philosophy on how to achieve peak performance while reducing the risk of overuse injuries. Over the past decade, he has worked with soccer athletes at all levels of the game from club to the professional level. Mark was an all-conference goalkeeper for Montclair State University and played Semi-Professional Rugby League and Union as well. His high profile clientelle includes such notables as Tim Howard (Goalkeeper of US National Team and Everton FC), MLS athletes, Jon Conway of Chicago Fire and Juan Pablo Angel of LA Galaxy, Heather O’Reilly (WPS and US National Team), Nikki Krzysik (WPS and US U23 National Team), and Karina LeBlanc, goalkeeper for the Canadian Women’s National Team. He was the strength and conditioning coach for the New York Metrostars (currently NY Red Bulls) for three seasons, the WPS Champion NY/NJ Sky Blue in 2009 and the New York Dragons of the Arena Football League for three seasons. He is currently the Fitness and Speed Director for the Player Development Academy (PDA) for all academy level teams, he is the Fitness Director for STA Soccer Club and was the Men’s Goalkeeper coach at Seton Hall University for three seasons.
At WST, Mark works with and develops sports-specific strength and speed programs for athletes in all sports including baseball, basketball, football, golf, field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse, martial arts, rugby, soccer, tennis, swimming, track and field, volleyball, and wrestling. His reputation for getting results with his athletes is well documented and he heads the training staff that works with WST skills coaches from all sports to develop personalized strength, power, speed and agility programs for all WST student athletes. Mark’s programs are offered one-on-one, in small groups, and to entire teams to effectively integrate the ability to perform the skills of the sport for optimum performance and the avoidance of injuries. Mark also trains coaches on the use of speed activities for warm-up at practice and provides second-phase rehab programs for injured athletes preparing to return to play.
Mark is NASM Certified and holds an Advanced Goalkeeper certification from NSCAA.
Kevin Olson is a 2008 graduate of Saint Benedict’s Prep. Kevin played on the 2005 and 2006 teams that finished their seasons ranked first in the nation according to the NSCAA/Adidas National Rankings. After graduating Saint Benedict’s, Kevin attended Saint Peter’s College in Jersey City, NJ. Kevin, played all four seasons for the Peacocks, including the 2010 season when the team won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament as well as the Regular Season Championship. He helped guide the team into the NCAA Tournament where Saint Peter’s fell to Providence. Kevin played his club soccer for PDA from 2005-2008. Kevin has an F license and is CPR certified.
John Perez is a former graduate of Nutley High School, where he was a multi-sport varsity athlete in basketball and track & field. In 2015, John graduated with high honors from Montclair State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science. John is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (NSCA), Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist (NASM), Functional Movement Screen Certified and Adult & Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Certified (American Red Cross).
John specializes in correcting body dysfunctions, in order to help our athletes move optimally on and off the field. By integrating the WST philosophy with his injury prevention methods, John provides a well-balanced service to help restore and enhance athletic performance. John continues to advance his education as he is committed to helping our athletes reach their highest potential.
Paul Sykes is a 2010 graduate of Whippany Park HS, and 2015 graduate of Kean University with a degree in Physical Education/Global Fitness & Wellness. Paul was an All-State soccer player at WPHS and played on multiple highly ranked club soccer teams in the MAPS and Super-Y Leagues. Paul is also currently an assistant soccer coach at The Pingry School with the Middle School Varsity Boys and High School Varsity Girls Soccer Programs. Paul is a NCSF Certified Personal Trainer, Adult/Child/Infant CPR/AED, First Aid Certified, Concussion Awareness Certified, Heat Illness Awareness Certified, Rutgers Safety Course for Youth Coaches, and has a level F coaching license.
Jessica is a graduate of Montclair High School and Rutgers University (Cook College) where she majored in Environmental and Business Economics. She is the CFO of Williams Sports Training handling all financial, human resources, accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll responsibilities. Jessica holds numerous Advanced QuickBooks certifications and is AED/CPR certified.
Caroline Williams is a 2012 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. She played four seasons in goal for the Quakers, winning an Ivy League title in 2010 and Honorable Mention All-Ivy her Junior Year. Prior to her college career, she was a member of the FC Delco Fury II from 2005-2008. With FC Delco, she won a third place medal at the 2008 USYS National Championships. In addition to club soccer, she was a member of the 1989 Eastern Pennsylvania ODP team that captured the 2007 National ODP Championship, earning the Golden Glove award. Williams continued her career playing two years with the New Jersey Wildcats in the W-League.
Caroline holds a National F License in addition to an Adult & Pediatric CPR/First Aid/AED certification.
Nickolette Driesse graduated from Wayne Hills High School in 2013 where she played soccer. Her sophomore year, Driesse was named All-County Player of the Year. While nominated All-State Player of the year as a junior, she was also selected to the first team ESPN High School All-America. Driesse went on to play her freshman and sophomore year at Florida State University. Freshman year she earned a few accolades including nominations for the All-ACC Freshman Team, Soccer America All- Freshman First Team, ACC All-Academic Team and TopDrawerSoccer.com Freshman Best XI Second Team. That same year Florida State became ACC Conference and ACC Tournament Champs. That summer Driesse was called into a camp with the U-20 U.S team where she was selected for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada. Upon the return to FSU, Driesse’s sophomore year Florida State was crowned 2014 National Champs.
After completing her sophomore year season at Florida State, Driesse made a decision to transfer to Penn State University for her next two years. In 2015 not only did the Nittany Lions win the National Championship but this also made Nickolette a back-to-back champion for two different universities. Senior year, Driesse became co-captain as she started all 21 matches. She was also nominated for the All-Big Ten First Team, Big-Ten All Tournament Team and Academic All-Big Ten. Driesse is currently playing professionally for the Orlando Pride as she was the 32nd overall pick in the 2017 NWSL College Draft.