Williams Sport Training Staff
Mark has been a highly respected strength and conditioning coach for over ten 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 clientele 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.
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.
Director of Sports Performance/Social Media Coordinator
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.
Director of Sports Performance/Education Coordinator
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” vb(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.
Sports Performance Coach
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.
Sports Performance Coach
Derek Luke is a 2015 graduate from Monmouth University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Health Studies. While earning his degree from Monmouth University, Derek was a 4 year starter for the men’s soccer team; as well as captain his senior year. During his tenure on the soccer team, the Hawks won two regular season championships and two conference tournament championships, which earned them a spot in the NCAA tournament twice. After receiving all-conference and all-tournament team accolades, Derek went on to play professionally in the USL for three years (FC Cincinnati and Rio Grande Valley FC).
Derek grew up in Bridgewater and attended BRHS, where he played soccer throughout his time in high school. He played club soccer on the nationally ranked BSA Panthers, as well as, the PDA development academy before attending college.
Derek is also a certified personal trainer by the American College of Sports Medicine.
Assistant Sports Performance Coach
Brianna Scarola is a currently finishing her degree in Exercise Science at Rutgers University where she has played five seasons as a goalkeeper. During her five years, the team has consistently made the Big Ten and NCAA tournament including one appearance in The Final Four in 2015 and multiple Big Ten Championships. Prior to playing at Rutgers, Brianna played club soccer for Mount Olive Premier as well as PDA. Born and raised in New Jersey, Brianna graduated from Mendham High School in 2014 where she played soccer, basketball, and softball. Continuing to expand her knowledge of coaching, Brianna is also currently an intern with Rutgers Strength and Conditioning where she assists in coaching numerous Division I athletes.
Brianna is an NSCA Certified Personal Trainer as well as CPR/AED certified, and has a NJ F soccer coaching license.
Assistant Sports Performance Coach
As a senior at Kean University, Joe is obtaining his Bachelor’s in Exercise Science in May of 2019. While studying under the school of human performance, Joe has made it a foundation of his career to optimize and educate athletes for better performance and injury prevention. He is working toward becoming a Certified Personal Trainer (NCSF) and Certified Strength Coach (NCSF). Upon graduation he will be pursuing a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, where he hopes to continue his work with athletes, implementing preventative, rehabilitation, and performance programs.
Goalkeeper Coach/Personal Trainer
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.