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Next Level Staff

Nate VanKouwenbergNate VanKouwenberg, MA, CFSC, USAW
Founder/ Owner

  • Strength Coach, RIT Men’s Hockey
  • Director of Strength & Conditioning, Physical Education Teacher, Victor Central Schools
  • Certified Functional Strength Coach
  • USA Weightlifting Certified Sport Performance Coach
  • Masters of Arts in Health Studies (University of Alabama)
  • Bachelors of Science in Physical Education (SUNY Brockport)
  • MY WHY: To Influence, Impact and Inspire as many people as possible by creating a culture that prioritizes family, character and leadership.
  • Fun Fact: I can take out my front tooth.

Michael MoonMichael Moon, BS, CFSC
Head Strength Coach

  • Strength Coach, RIT Women’s Hockey
  • Certified Functional Strength Coach
  • Bachelors of Science in Clinical Exercise Science (Ithaca College)
  • MY WHY: I take pride in guiding athletes with purposeful training and consciously making lifestyle decisions to improve the quality of training, performance, and life.
  • Fun Fact: I can wiggle my ears.

Joe AratariJoe Aratari, BA, BS, CFSC, FMS
Director of Marketing/ High School S&C, Internship Coordinator

  • Head Strength Coach, Penfield HS
  • Strength Coach, 9 Nazareth College Teams
  • NYS Director of HS S&C, NHSSCA
  • Certified Functional Strength Coach
  • Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science  (SUNY Brockport)
  • Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice (SUNY Plattsburgh)
  • MY WHY: I’m on a mission to help as many people as possible reach their full potential to become high performance people in every aspect of sport and life.
  • Fun Fact: I was once on ESPN top ten plays (#3) for soccer in college. 

Jacob ToppleJacob Topple, BS, CSCS
Strength Coach, Office Manager

  • Strength Coach, Victor High School
  • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • NETA Certified Personal Trainer
  • Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science (SUNY Brockport)
  • My Why: To help as many athletes as possible to maximize their athletic opportunity while inspiring them to be better people in the process.
  • Fun Fact: I’ve been to a Nickelback concert

Dylan BricknerDylan Brickner, BS, CSCS
Strength Coach, Mobile Training Coordinator

  • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science (SUNY Brockport)
  • Assistant Strength Coach, Nazareth College Cross Country/ Track and Field
  • MY WHY: What drives me and my evolution as a coach is to help further personal and athletic growth in those I’m lucky enough to work with.
  • Fun Fact: I love to cook!

David BroussardDavid Broussard, MS, BS, CFSC
Strength Coach

  • Strength Coach, Webster Schroeder Hockey and Lacrosse
  • Strength Coach, Gananda High School
  • Health/PE Teacher, Gananda High School
  • Certified Functional Strength Coach
  • Masters of Science in Physical Education, Health and Recreation (Emporia State)
  • Bachelors of Science in Physical Education (SUNY Brockport)
  • MY WHY: I love to help anyone I can get to where they want to be and have a good time doing it. Also while creating lasting relationships with them.
  • Fun Fact: I have an infectious laugh

Bryce SzudzikBryce Szudzik, CFSC
Strength Coach

  • Strength Coach, Gates Chili HS
  • Certified Functional Strength Coach
  • Played 4 years of college football at SUNY Brockport
  • MY WHY: To aid in the development of athletes not only as players, but as people, through their attitude and effort.
  • Fun Fact: I am a 2x taekwondo national champion

Dr. Russ ManalastasDr. Russ Manalastas PT, SCS, COMT, CSCS, TPI
Owner, MANA Performance Therapy 

Partnered Sports Physical Therapy Office Located Inside Next Level

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (University at Buffalo)
  • Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist
  • Bachelor’s in Exercise Science (University at Buffalo)
  • Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
  • Titleist Performance Institute Certified
  • MY WHY: We fully invest in our clients and athletes to empower them to overcome any obstacle or issue they are facing. Regardless of what they are dealing with, we will do everything we can to get our clients to a level they expect and deserve.
  • Fun fact: I played in an all-star baseball game at Shea Stadium  

Heather D’ErricoHeather D’Errico, MS, CSCS, CFSC, LMT
Owner, Restorative Bodywork

Partnered Sports Massage Office Located Inside Next Level

  • Owner, Licensed Massage Therapist, Restorative Bodywork, LLC
  • Head Strength Coach, SUNY Brockport
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist with the NSCA
  • Certified Functional Strength Coach
  • Masters in Exercise Science & Kinesiology  (University of Central Missouri)
  • Bachelors of Applied Health Sciences  (Robert Morris University, Chicago)
  • MY WHY: To help athletes of sport and life to achieve their performance goals while also educating them on habits of deep health for life. I also want to lead and inspire aspiring female S&C coaches to feel confident and empowered in the field.   
  • Fun Fact: I compete on the PWBA tour as a professional bowler.