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Next Level Staff

 

Coach Nate

Mike Moon

Coach Joe

 

Kurt

Coach Bryan

Coach Heather

Coach Kyle M

 

Coach Dylan

Coach Greg

Dr Russ

Mana Performance Therapy

Dr. Gonzalez

Staff Bios

Nate VanKouwenberg, MA, CFSC, USAW

  • Founder/ Owner
  • Certified Functional Strength Coach (Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning) 
  • USA Weightlifting Certified Sports Performance Coach
  • National High School Strength Coaches Association-Original Member
  • Master’s Degree in Health Studies- University of Alabama
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education- SUNY Brockport
  • Strength & Conditioning Coach- RIT Men's Hockey (NCAA D-I)
  • Head Strength Coach- Victor Central Schools
  • Physical Education/ Health Teacher- Victor Central Schools
  • Played 4 Years of NCAA Hockey at SUNY Brockport
  • NateV@TrainAtNextLevel.com

Mike Moon, CFSC, CSCS

  • Head Strength Coach, Internship Coordinator
  • Certified Functional Strength Coach (Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning) 
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist - NSCA 
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Preventative Exercise Science- Ithaca College
  • Played  4 years of NCAA Football at Ithaca College
  • MichaelM@TrainAtNextLevel.com

Joseph Aratari, CFSC, CPT, FMS

  • Strength Coach
  • Director of HS Strength & Conditioning
  • Certified Functional Strength Coach (Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning) 
  • Functional Movement Screen Certified
  • NHSSCA NY State Director
  • National High School Strength Coaches Association-Original Member
  • Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology- SUNY Brockport
  • Penfield High School-Head Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Played 4 Years of NCAA Soccer at Plattsburgh State
  • JoeA.NextLevelSC@Gmail.com

Kurtis Bednarcyk, CFSC

  • Strength Coach, Nutrition Consultant
  • Certified Functional Strength Coach (Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning) 
  • Bachelor's Degree in Clinical Rehabilitative Exercise Science – Ithaca College
  • Played 3 years of NCAA Baseball at University of Rochester and Ithaca College

Bryan Gardner, MS, ATC, CSCS, USAW

  • Strength Coach
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist – NCSA
  • Certified Athletic Trainer – NATA
  • USA Weightlifting Certified Sports Performance Coach
  • Master’s of Science – Exercise Science – SUNY Cortland
  • Bachelor’s of Science – Athletic Training – Ithaca College
  • Athletic Trainer- Rochester Americans/ Buffalo Sabres (AHL/ NHL)
  • 1 Year Head Strength Coach/ ATC- Men's/ Women's RIT Hockey
  • Played 2 years NCAA football & 3 years NCAA baseball at Ithaca College
  • Played 3 years of Professional Baseball – Cincinnati Red/ Traverse City Beach Bums

Heather D’Errico, MS, CFSC, CSCS, LMT

  • Strength Coach
  • Owner, Restorative Bodywork, LLC (Massage at Next Level)
  • Certified Functional Strength Coach (Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning) 
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA)
  • Licensed Massage Therapist
  • Associate’s Degree in Exercise & Fitness/ Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Health Studies- Robert Morris University
  • Master’s Degree in Kinesiology/ Exercise Science Concentration- University of Central Missouri
  • RIT Division 3 College Head Strength Coach
  • Earned a scholarship to Bowl at NAIA Robert Morris University, Professional Bowler (PWBA)

Kyle Melnyk, CFSC

  • Strength Coach
  • Certified Functional Strength Coach (Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning) 
  • BS in Exercise Science from SUNY Brockport
  • Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Churchville-Chili Central School District

Dylan Scheemaker, CFSC

  • Strength Coach
  • Certified Functional Strength Coach (Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning) 
  • Master’s Degree in Environmental & Outdoor Education – SUNY Cortland
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education – SUNY Cortland
  • Physical Education Teacher/ Varsity Swim Coach- Canandaigua Academy
  • 2 years coaching Division III Swimming at SUNY Cortland

Greg Ryan, CFSC
  • Strength Coach
  • Certified Functional Strength Coach (Mike Boyle S&C)
  • Gates Chili HS Strength Coach
  • Townson University- Exercise Science
  • Played 2 years of NCAA Hockey at SUNY Cortland

Dr. Russ Manalastas PT, DPT, SCS, COMT, CSCS

Dr. Russ Manalastas is the owner of MANA Performance Therapy. It is located within Next Level Strength and Conditioning in Fairport, NY. Dr. Russ is a doctor of physical therapy, a board certified sports clinical specialist by the APTA, a strength and conditioning coach through the NSCA, and is a certified orthopedic manual therapist by the Maitland Institute. He utilizes a combination of manual therapy techniques, strength training, and rehab principles to improve human and athletic performance. He has worked with athletes across all sports to help educate them on proper movement, strength training, and the importance of recovery for reduction of injuries.


Dr. Stephen P. Gonzalez, CC-AASP 

  • Mental Training, Team Building, Sports Psychology
  • PhD in the Psycho-Social Aspects of Sport at the University of Utah
  • Master's of Science in Sport Psychology at Georgia Southern University
  • Bachelor's of Science in Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Certified Consultant through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (CC-AASP)
  • Listed on the US Olympic Committee's Sport Psychology and Mental Training Registry
  • Former Lead Performance Expert for the US Army's Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness (CSF2) program to enhance the readiness and resilience in active duty infantry soldiers
  • Extended experience working with a wide range of Olympic and College level athletes
  • Has appeared in several popular magazines, including Trail Runner Magazine, Backpacker Magazine, Sports Magazine, Rocky Mountain Running and Triathlon Magazine, National Alliance for Youth Sport's (NAYS) Sporting Kid Magazine, and BrooksRunning.com
  • Asst Professor of Sport Psychology at The College at Brocport
    Conducts research on resilience and motivation/ Consultant to Brockport Athletics
  • 4 Year NCAA D1 Scholarshiped Distance Runner at Pitt