Staff

Mark_bioMark Williams

mwilliams@williamssport.com

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.

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John Perez

Director, Whippany

jperez@williamssport.com

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.

 

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Paul Sykes

psykes@williamssport.com

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.

 

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Jessica Williams

jwilliams@williamssport.com

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

cwilliams@williamssport.com

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 Wildc

 

Matt Uy

Matthew Uy joined the NJIT men’s soccer staff as an assistant coach in April 2016, having most recently served as an assistant coach at Adelphi University, which made its first appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament in 2015. The Adelphi Panthers finished with a 13-5-3 overall mark and received a third seed in the East Region of the NCAA Division II men’s soccer tournament.

A 2011 graduate of Fairfield University with a degree in sociology and currently pursuing his maters in sports management at Adelphi, Uy served as an assistant under new NJIT head coach Fernando Barboto at Iona College from August 2014 to January 2015. In 2014, Iona finished 10-7-3 and advanced to the semifinals of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) tournament.

A four-year player for Fairfield, which also competes in the MAAC, Uy was selected Fairfield Freshman Athlete of the Year in 2007.  In 2008, Uy was named to the All-MAAC second-team and All-Tournament team, as the Stags captured the MAAC title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I tournament.  Matt received athletic recognition on the All-MAAC first-team in 2009 and 2010 and NSCAA/adidas All-Region team in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

In 2008, Uy was invited to the u20 national team camp, followed by a tournament in Mexico hosted by Chivas Guadalajara and spent time with second division club FK SIAD MOST in Czech Republic.

After graduation, Uy continued his playing career professionally in Asia, playing for the top division in the Philippines, where he earned 10 international caps with the u23 men’s national team.  With the u23 men’s national team, Uy participated in the Asia Cup Qualifiers, World Cup 2018 Playoff Qualifier and Suzuki Cup.

He played for Global FC (2012-2013) and Loyola Meralco Sparks (2013) of the United Football League.

The Long Island native attended high school at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida (2006-2007) after being selected for the 2007 US Residency Program, where he earned over 40 caps with the u17 national team.

He played in the National Championship game as a member of the u20 New York Red Bulls and appeared in the final four with the 2011 Long Island Rough Riders PDL.

Uy holds NSCAA National diploma and USSF “C” coaching licenses.

 

Becky Bonaventura

Director – Bridgewater

Becky Bonaventura was brought on as the director of sports performance of Williams Sport Training for the Bridgewater location in April 2018. She is a 2018 graduate of St. John’s University’s Sport Management master’s program and a 2015 graduate of Waynesburg University’s Exercise Physiology bachelor’s program.

Prior to WST, Becky was a graduate assistant sports performance coach at St. John’s University where she designed and ran in-season and off-season weight lifting and conditioning sessions for several of the university’s varsity teams (NCAA DI, Big East Conference). During her two years in this position, she had the opportunity to work with the university’s baseball, men’s basketball, women’s tennis, men’s and women’s golf, women’s track, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, and men’s lacrosse teams. During her tenure, the St. John’s University women’s tennis team won the Big East Championship and advanced to the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history (2018). As a result of her team’s stellar performance, she was honored to be a part of the staff named the Big East Women’s Tennis “Coaching Staff of the Year” (2018).

Becky has completed numerous sports performance internships throughout her career, investing time learning from some of the best coaches in the field during her summer internships at James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA), Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning (Woburn, MA), Northeastern University (Boston, MA) and PRO Motion/Physical Therapy (Winchester, VA). Becky is Strength & Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC) through the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa) and is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach (CSCS) through the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Becky was a four-year member and senior captain of the women’s varsity soccer team at Waynesburg University. In high school, she played soccer and basketball for Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy in Stephens City, VA and played club soccer for the ’92 VSA Heat in the Washington Area Girls Soccer League (WAGS).

Becky and her husband reside in Westfield, NJ.

Alex Baca

Alex is a Health and P.E. teacher at West End Elementary in North Plainfield after receiving her Bachelor of Science in 2015 from Monmouth University in Health and Physical Education Endorsement in K-12 Health and P.E.

She was Monmouth Women’s Soccer Team Two-time MAAC All-Academic Team member, 2013 Preseason All-MAAC, First Team All-Northeast Conference midfielder in 2012 and the Team’s Most Valuable Player in 2012.

Baca was a 2010 Bridgewater-Raritan High School graduate and during her tenure earned NJGSCA all-state, all-conference and the BRHS Coach’s award in 2007, helped the Panthers to a Section 2 Group IV State Sectional Championship and a State Champion runner up finish in 2007. She was a member of the PDA Fire Four-time New Jersey State Cup Champion, Four-time Region I Champion, and USYS National Finalist. Alex has coached with Neptune Soccer Association Coach since 2016.

Yannick Smith

Yannick Is a Health and P.E. teacher at Montgomery High School. He earned his Bachelor’s in Education from Old Dominion University in 2014. He has since earned his Master’s in Education from Montclair State University. Yannick was born and raised in Hillsborough, New Jersey.

Yannick was a 4-year starter on the Men’s soccer team at Old Dominion University. As a Junior he was named an All-American by NSCAA and College Soccer. He was also a Semi Finalist for the Hermann Trophy. During his team at ODU he was also a two-time All-CAA award winner and lead the league in goals as a Junior.

After completing his collegiate career, Yannick was drafted by the Houston Dynamo in the second round. He later when on to play for Narpes Kraft in Finland’s second division. He finished his career playing for the Dayton Dutch Lions in the USL.

After finishing his playing career Yannick started his coaching career as the assistant men’s soccer coach at Florida Southern College. He is currently a full-time coach at PDA, and the boys varsity assistant coach at Montgomery High school.

Yannick currently holds a USSF “F” Coaching license.