Paul Kolody earned his Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training from Pfeiffer College, N.C. and his Masters of Science in Physical Education, with a concentration in Exercise Science, from Bridgewater State College, MA. He is certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA/ATC) as an Athletic Trainer; the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA/CSCS) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach; and USA Weightlifting as a Level One Club Coach.
Kolody started his career as an athletic trainer at Metuchen High School in 1995. He Became the Athletic Trainer and Strength Coach for the Somerset Patriots Baseball Club in 1998 and worked directly with the team through the 2004 season. In 2003 he helped open Somerset Medical Center’s Sports Performance & Rehab Center, managing that facility until March 2011. At the center, Kolody trained athletes at the middle school, high school, college and professional levels. He most recently worked with the women’s professional soccer team Sky Blue as its Athletic Trainer and Strength Coach during the 2010 season. Several of the players Kolody worked with competed in the Women’s World Cup in 2011. Kolody is currently the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Hunterdon Central Regional High School.
Jason Laub, RKC, ISSA
Head Strength & Conditioning Coach
Jason Laub is a native of Middlesex, N.J., and a 1993 graduate of Middlesex High School, where played football, basketball and baseball. Laub was an All-State athlete in football and baseball, a freshman catcher for Middlesex High School’s first state championship in 1990, and Courier News Player of the year in 1993. He went on to pursue his baseball career at Rutgers University and De Sales University, where he graduated in 1998 with a degree in sports management. Laub’s professional baseball experience included time with the Allentown Ambassadors, Nashua Pride and Somerset Patriots. One of his proudest moments in baseball was playing with the Patriots in 1999 and being the starting catcher for the inaugural game at the new Somerset Patriots stadium.
Laub went on to work in corporate fitness for Pro-Fitness Health South in New Jersey and Connecticut, where he gained experience managing small fitness centers for various corporations. He became a certified fitness trainer with International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA). He moved to Florida to work as a fitness coach for an active senior community at The Villages in Lady Lake, Fla., which is one of the largest and most active retirement communities in the world. He started volunteering as a firefighter, attended the fire academy and E.M.T. school where he finished in the top of his class for both.
“The idea of doing a job that would push me to continue to train my body and mind, while making a living and learning many new skills was eye-opening, something I never considered up until then, ” Laub said.
Laub the joined one of the largest and most respected fire departments in the country, Orange County Fire Rescue in Orlando, Fla. During his tenure there, he was honored, along with his crew, with the highest award in the department: the Distinguished Service Award for a rescue of a man from his sinking vehicle in a pond.
After eight years of service, Laub made the move back to his home state of New Jersey with his two young sons to be with his family and pursue his passion to coach, and teach fitness and baseball. He has become a certified Underground Strength Coach and has renewed his studies with ISSA as a certified fitness trainer. His energy and caring personality is noticed immediately.
“Teaming up with Paul and Advantage Performance is the beginning of amazing things to come and an opportunity to grow as a coach, person and business man.”
Strength & Conditioning Coach
Ryan Bennett grew up in Bound Brook, N.J. and attended Immaculata High School where he was a State Champion Tackle. After Immaculata, Ryan continued his career at Villanova as an offensive tackle and won a National Championship in 2009. While at Villanova, Bennett trained under Justus Galac, who is the head strength & conditioning coach of the New York Jets. Bennett is a strong individual and prides himself on his work ethic. His workout regiment will challenge athletes’ ability and stability while also developing athletes’ strength and power. Bennett is very energetic and always gets the most out of his athletes.
Strength & Conditioning Coach
Jared graduated from Hunterdon Central Regional High School in 2009. Was a competitive swimmer since the age of 5 all the way through high school where ended up being an all American swimmer in the 200 and the 500 yard freestyle.
Graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 2013 with a BS in Kinesiology and a minor in psychology.
Jared is currently a swim coach and lead strength coach for the Hunterdon County YMCA swim team along with working as an Aide at Procare Rehabilitation in Flemington NJ.
Strength & Conditioning Intern
David just completed his first year of study at Raritan Valley Community College. He will be attending Lafayette College in the Fall. While at Lafayette, he will compete for the Men’s Track & Field Team in the discus and shot.
Davis graduated from Hunterdon Central in 2013. While at Central, he broke both the indoor and outdoor shot and discus record. He finished in 6th place in the discus, at the Meet of Champions, with a throw of 163-9.
Nick graduated in August 2014 from Temple University with a B.S. in Kinesiology, concentration in exercise and sport science. He has worked under John McKenna, the head strength and conditioning coach at Notre Dame High School in NJ, for the past 8 years as an assistant coach. He is also a graduate of Notre Dame, in 2010. He has also worked under Zach Even-Esh, the owner of the Underground Strength Gym. Nick is a certified Underground Strength Coach, Kettlebell Athletics Coach, and also posses a Master Level certification in alternative training styles from the Irish Strength Club. He brings years of experience and knowledge with him to APT, as well as a personality and a level of positive energy that is hard to match.
His journey began when he was 13 years old, working out at Notre Dame. A former athlete, he knew he would not be able to compete at the high school level, and also needed to find something that would allow him to be a challenge. Born with cerebral palsy, he was never treated differently than any other kid. His parents got him involved in sports, and did not allow his “disability” define him. He is a shining example of perseverance and dedication. As he began weight training, it became his passion, along with coaching football, which he has done for Notre Dame since 8th grade. He has a genuine love for coaching, because it gives him the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of many people, and show them that anything is possible as long as you believe in yourself. His puts his heart and soul into every athlete that he trains, and aims to not only build great athletes, but also great people, and great friendships.