How we began

(as told by co-founder Tim Hiller)

In the spring of 2014 I found myself with a dear friend of mine on the sidelines of a practice field at one of the premier athletic training facilities in the world. One of the quarterbacks I’ve been training and mentoring for a couple years was attending a camp at this facility.  As I watched and listened to the instruction and the message being instilled behind it, the taste in my mouth grew more and more sour.

Everything was about the SELF.

“It’s all about ME” was the focal point of everything being taught.  “Put up the numbers you want to put up.”  “Get the scholarship you want to obtain.”  “Market yourself to the right schools and recruiting agencies.”  “Build your brand.”  “Be the star to carry your team back home.”  “Have the success you deserve.”

After a full day of hearing this continual message, my friend and I turned to each other and said, “We have to do something about this.”  Two weeks later, Next Level Performance, LLC was established.

What we do

What do we do at Next Level?  We build servant leaders, not just better student-athletes, because athletics will end, but leadership will not.  We do this in two ways: performance training and leadership development.  We attack and build the skill through services like sport-specific instruction and speed & agility training, but we also attack and build the will through our intensive leadership and character development curriculum.  We deliver this curriculum in two ways – in “modules” that accompany every on-field training session and through our leadership development conferences which have already touched the lives of hundreds of high school and collegiate student-athletes.

Right or wrong, our society is fascinated with athletics.  Athletes today have a platform and an influential voice.  We want to do all we can to help student-athletes excel in the classroom and on the field.  But, more importantly, we believe a purpose driven athlete is a force for positive change in the world.  We equip each Next Level student-athlete with tools and strategies to lead and serve others in their teams, schools, communities, and homes.  Building these skills in student-athletes is ultimately what will help them excel far beyond the field of competition – in their careers, in their marriages, in their parenting, and in whatever else they choose to pursue.

Community

Next Level Performance is bigger than sport specific development and leadership training. Together at Next Level Performance we are building a bond of like minded student athletes.

Today’s student athletes face many distractions on and off the field. We foster a community atmosphere for student athletes to navigate these challenges to best align them for success. The NLP community is a safe place for student athletes to have fun, build relationships, learn and grow through a shared love for athletics.

Who we are

Generally considered the area’s experts in sport specific training and athletic leadership, our staff is passionate about serving athletes.

With experience in all levels including High School, College and Professional athletics, our coaches know what it takes to be successful on and off the field. Our experience allows us to connect and relate to athletes of all ages.

We believe student athletes need dynamic and engaging coaches, mentors and programs. You will be inspired by our coaches who teach through their experiences, unique curriculum based on needs, and their passion for serving others.

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Next Level Performance Director of Business Development

Co-Owner & Director of Athletic Development

A native of Orrville, Ohio, Tim re-wrote the standards in virtually every major passing category as a quarterback at Orrville High School and Western Michigan University. At WMU, Tim appeared in 44 games, starting 42 of them and earning national honors including being named an Academic All-American and winning the Wuerffel Trophy, known as the Humanitarian Heisman, which honors Academic, Athletic, and Community Service achievement. Upon the completion of his collegiate career, Tim spent time with four teams in the NFL, primarily the Indianapolis Colts. Tim has coached varsity high school football each year since his playing career concluded, including three years as the head football coach at Gull Lake High School. A frequently requested speaker across the Midwest, Tim has a heart and passion for using his gifts and experiences to prepare student-athletes to succeed in life after the game. Tim resides in Kalamazoo, Michigan with his wife Michelle and son Daniel.

Co-Owner & Director of Leadership & Character Development

Hailing from Warren, Michigan, Scott attended Western Michigan University and took on the challenge of joining the Bronco Football program as a walk-on, playing linebacker and defensive back. After three years of hard work and perseverance, Scott earned a scholarship for his senior season in 2008. Upon completing his collegiate football career, Scott served as a physical education and health teacher at Vicksburg Community Schools, where he coached football, basketball, and baseball. Known by student athletes as “Coach G”, Scott combines his vast coaching experience—middle school, freshmen, junior varsity, and varsity—with his passion for speaking and teaching to connect with student-athletes in a way that is relevant, inspiring, and fun. Scott sees building purpose into the life of every student-athlete as the mission behind all he does through Next Level Performance. Scott currently resides in Vicksburg, Michigan.

Co-Owner & Director of Business Development

Having grown up in SW Michigan, Josh attended Michigan State University to pursue a career as a chemistry/math teacher and coach. After graduation life took Josh on a different path to Stryker Corporation, where he served in various roles for over 15 years. With his passion for investing in students’ lives, his love of athletics, and his business experience, Josh brings a unique blend of mission, purpose, and planning to serving Next Level’s student-athletes. In addition to leading Next Level’s business operations, Josh works diligently to build partnerships that enable Next Level Performance to offer athletes everything they need to succeed in the classroom, on the playing field, and in their communities.
Josh resides in Vicksburg, Michigan with his wife Amber and son Jacob.

Coaching Staff

UNMATCHED EXPERIENCE. EXCEPTIONAL RESULTS. BUILDING ATHLETES AND LEADERS.

Meet our coaches!