Williams Sport Training Staff

 
Mark Williams
Owner/President

What inspires you?

Having a positive impact on people.

The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is:

Accountability at the end of day is answering to the person in the mirror if you gave 100 percent today.

Favorite exercise:

Deadlift

If I could invent a holiday, it would definitely involve:

Having fun!

What advice would you give to a candidate who wants to join our team?

Have the ability to build rapport with our clients.

Which three songs could you listen to for the rest of your life?

1. “Where the Streets Have No Name” – U2
2. “Stricken” – Disturbed
3. “Blood on Blood” – Bon Jovi

What is one thing most people don’t know about you?

I played semi-professional rugby league.

Guilty pleasure?

Chocolate chip cookies

Certifications?

NASM – CPT, E License Soccer Coach, Advance National Goalkeeping Diploma, Titleist Level 1 Golf Fitness Certification

Be the Beast tip:

Always give 100%!

Favorite thing about WST:

Making athletes better!

mwilliams@williamssport.com

 

Jessica Williams
Owner/CFO

What inspires you?

My family inspires me but also knowing that what we do at WST is a positive influence in someone’s life. When clients say they love coming to WST or they got onto the team they wanted or share how one of our trainers really made a difference to them, that always makes my day. When I’m having a rough day, I think about one of those times and it keeps me going.

The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is:

Make good choices.

Favorite exercise:

Squats.

If I could invent a holiday, it would definitely be:

Mother’s Day Part 2. I pretty much get to do what I want (sleep in and go to the gym) and Mark cooks for ME!

What advice would you give to a candidate who wants to join our team?

Be flexible and ready to work hard. Some days it’s crazy in here, but it’s always fun.

Which three songs could you listen to for the rest of your life?

1. “Boys of Summer” – Don Henley
2. “Bad” – U2
3. “Born To Run” – Bruce Springsteen.

What is one thing most people don’t know about you?

This is a tough one. I like to talk so something people don’t know about me? I love touring houses (especially old ones) and I enjoy going to open houses just to be nosey.

Guilty pleasure?

Red wine and Skittles. I love Skittles but they really are terrible for you.

Certifications?

Quickbooks certified.

Be the Beast tip:

Exercise should be a lifestyle, not a way to lose 10 pounds. Do some physical activity everyday even if it’s only for 15 minutes. Also, females should not be afraid to lift heavy weight.

Favorite thing about WST?

The staff who make Williams Sport what it is and the clients who make us who we are.

jwilliams@williamssport.com

Williams Sport Training Staff John Perez

 

John Perez
Director of Sports Performance/Social Media Coordinator

What inspires you?

My upbringing, my family, my adversities, and knowing that every day I have an opportunity to be more than I was yesterday.

The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is:

Keep pushing

Favorite Exercise:

Any exercise that makes my shoulders and pecs look bigger.

If you could invent a holiday, it would definitely involve:

Teaching the world that every day should be a holiday.

What advice would you give to a candidate who wants to join our team?

Be yourself.

Which three songs could you listen to for the rest of your life?

1. To workout: “Dreams and Nightmares” – Meek Mill
2. To chill “Saturday Nights” – Khalid
3. To have fun: “Show Me Love” – Robin S

What is one thing most people don’t know about you?

I was a great youth rec soccer player.

Guilty Pleasure

Bark thins & gummy bears.

Certifications?

Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (NSCA)
Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist (NASM)
Functional Movement Screen Certified

Be the Beast tip:

Make the sacrifices necessary.

Favorite thing about WST:

The ability to genuinely connect with our athletes at a level that goes beyond just training.

jperez@williamssport.com

 

Becky Bonaventura
Director of Sports Performance/Education Coordinator

What inspires you?

Hearing that someone benefitted from something that I took the time to learn.

The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is tied between:

Don’t take your foot off the gas pedal &
Just be you. You’re ready.

Favorite Exercise:

Scrambling up rocks in time to see the sunset from the top of a mountain

If I could invent a holiday if would involve:

Celebrating the ability to meet new people through being active outside! Just imagine…a week-long celebration of hiking, biking, kayaking, backyard volleyball, spike ball, corn hole, obstacle courses, scavenger hunts, all with new friends from all over the world and great healthy food!

What advice would I give to someone who wants to join the team?

Come with passion and ideas and remember that every day we have the incredible opportunity to be a positive influence in the lives of each and every athlete that walks through our doors. Make a difference. Don’t just show up.

Which three songs could you listen to for the rest of your life?

1. “Wake Me Up” – Avicii
2. “My Lighthouse” – Rend Collective
3. “If Today Was Your Last Day” – Nickelback

One think most people don’t know about me:

I studied abroad in Seville, Spain and love speaking in Spanish!

Guilty pleasure:

Chick-Fil-A waffle fries with Chick-fil-A sauce!

Certifications:

Strength & Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC) by the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa) and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialest (CSCS) by the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA)

Be The Beast Tip:

Discipline will get you a lot farther than motivation will. Be disciplined. Set goals and get to work.

Favorite thing about WST:

The people! I love being in an environment where relationships and accountability are the foundation for everything we do. It is so fun to hear parents and athletes come in with stories about how their training is helping them outside in sports and in life.

bbonaventura@williamssport.com

Williams Sport Training Staff Paul Sykes

 

Paul Sykes
Sports Performance Coach

psykes@williamssport.com

Derek Luke
Sports Performance Coach

What inspires you?

Helping others get the most out of themselves even when they believe they can’t.

The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is:

No matter how difficult and frustrating things may seem in the moment, work hard and everything else will take care of itself.

Favorite exercise:

Bench Press

If I could invent a holiday, it would definitely involve:

Having school/work canceled for the day.

What advice would I give to someone who wants to join the team?

Always make sure that you are radiating positive energy to our athletes, because that goes a long way with younger athletes, especially if they are struggling at accomplishing something.

Which three songs could you listen to for the rest of your life?

1. “Lose Yourself” – Eminem
2. “First Date” – Blink 182
3. “2nd Sucks” – ADTR

One thing people don’t know about me:

I’ve been to more than 15+ cities in the US because of soccer.

Guilty Pleasure

Ice Cream

Certification?

ACSM CPT

Be the Beast Tip:

Always be the hardest worker in the room

Favorite Thing About WST:

“The overall atmosphere of people trying to better themselves, day in and day out.”

dluke@williamssport.com

 

Brianna Scarola
Sports Performance Coach

What inspires you?

The idea that we are always learning and improving.

The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given:

Control the controllable. For everything else, just breathe.

Favorite exercise:

Power clean

If I could invent a holiday it would definitely involve:

A big celebration with lots of food.

What advice would you give to a candidate who wants to join our team?

Love what you do.

Which three songs could you listen to for the rest of your life?

1. “Don’t Stop Me Now” – Queen
2. “Every Time We Touch” – Cascada
3. “Float On” – Modest Mouse

What is one thing most people don’t know about you?

I love Hans Zimmer.

Guilty pleasure?

Fruit by the foot.

Certifications:

NSCA-CPT, CPR/AED/First Aid

Be The Beast tip:

When you think you’ve worked hard enough, go one step further.

Favorite thing about WST?

The people. Everyone from the staff to the athletes are all so fun to work with.

Williams Sport Training Staff Caroline Williams

 

Caroline Williams
Goalkeeper Coach/Personal Trainer

What inspires you?

I am inspired by individuals that accomplish impossible things, helping me believe in the impossible.

The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is:

Wherever you are, be there.

Favorite exercise:

Wall Sits

If I could invent a holiday, it would involve:

Detaching and unplugging and going outside.

What advice I would give to someone who wants to join the team?

The best sessions are the ones that everyone brings energy to.

Which three songs could you listen to for the rest of your life?

1. “Send Me On My Way” – Rusted Root
2. “Everywhere” – Fleetwood Mac
3. “Lover of the Light” – Mumford and Sons

One thing people don’t know about me:

I have gone swimming with sharks.

Guilty Pleasure:

Salt and Vinegar Kettle Cooked Chips

Certifications:

E Coaching License, CPR/First Aid Certification, NJ Certification in Secondary Education

Be the Beast Tip:

When you’re tired and think you’re done. Do one more.

Favorite Thing About WST:

The teamwork aspect of the staff – bouncing creative ideas off one another and everyone always being willing to help out.

cwilliams@williamssport.com

Williams Sport Training Staff Derek Lipton

 

Derek Lipton
Nutrition Counselor

Derek Lipton, a registered dietitian, brings years of experience helping collegiate and youth athletes improve their game-day performance and optimize every workout. He has worked as a sports dietitian for IMG Academy, the University of Georgia, and most recently for the Duke University men’s soccer team. Using the unique skills he has developed at the NCAA Division I level,  Derek helps Williams Sport Training athletes reach the next level of competition!

Serving both WST locations, Derek is available for on-location and virtual nutrition counseling and we are excited to welcome Derek to our growing team.

Derek@FCnutritionNJ.com

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Gina Young
Office Manager


What inspires you?

 My two children are the most inspiring things in my life. They are an unconscious reminder every day that every decision I make affects not only my life and future, but theirs as well. They make me want to be better, reach further, and aim higher.

The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given:

Don’t be upset if things don’t go as planned…it’s just the beginning of a new plan.

Favorite exercise:

 Chasing the ice cream truck down the street so that my children stop crying. The end result is ice cream, and that IS the best part of the exercise!

If I could invent a holiday, it would definitely involve:

Pizza.

What advice would you give to a candidate who wants to join our team?

 Get to know our athletes and their parents. They are more than just clients. They each have their own goals, dreams, and desires that we want to help them reach. Don’t be afraid to ask them how they did at a game, or how they did on the geometry test that they were worried about.

Which three songs could you listen to for the rest of your life?

 This is so impossible…I’ve been around for a long time, you know! “Everlong” by Foo Fighters is a definite. “Today” by Smashing Pumpkins would also make the cut. I know a Nirvana song would absolutely be number 3, but I can’t possibly choose a favorite. I grew up in the middle of the 90s Grunge and Alternative Rock era.

What is one thing most people don’t know about you?

 I actually have never really played soccer. My mom signed me up for town rec in 1st or 2nd grade because all my friends signed up. I was the goal keeper. I stood in the goal area picking dandelions. Soccer just wasn’t for me.

Guilty Pleasure?

 I have seen every single episode of The Walking Dead. I’ve actually watched the entire series (9 seasons going strong) multiple times and met Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Negan), Norman Reedus (Daryl) and Tom Payne (Jesus).

Be the Beast tip:

It’s not all physical, it’s mental too. You can train every day but if you don’t believe in yourself and have confidence, your performance on the field won’t be up to par with your athletic abilities and talents.

Favorite thing about WST:

That’s easy! “My” WST kids. Those kids that come in every week, after a while they are mine too. I love hearing about and being able to share the happy moments in their lives. It doesn’t matter what it is. Maybe they got an A+ on their history final, are celebrating a victory against an undefeated team, getting their license, saved every ball from the net in a game, committed to a college, or made the Varsity team as a freshman. They bring so much pride to my life. I love being able to share the lives of so many amazing kids every day.

 

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