Coaches

Next Level Performance’s Staff by the Numbers:

College Athletes: 13
Division 1 Athletes: 7
Former College Coaches: 3
Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialists: 2
Former Professional Athletes: 2

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Baseball Coaches

Kirk Nakama

FOCUS AREAS: Baseball Training (hitting, fielding, catching), Football Training (Long Snapping)

A native of San Jose, California, Kirk is the son of San Jose State head baseball coach Dave Nakama. A stand-out athlete in both football and baseball at St. Francis High School, Kirk opted to play college football at Western Michigan University. After walking on his freshman year, Kirk earned a full scholarship his sophomore season and appeared in 36 games and 2 bowl games as the Broncos’ starting long snapper. Prior to joining the Next Level family, Kirk spent a season as an assistant special teams coach on WMU’s football coaching staff.

Kirk Nakama serves as Next Level’s Director of Baseball and Facility Operations. Kirk oversees NLP’s baseball development program—from private skills training to Next Level’s baseball travel teams—as well as the day-to-day operations of the NLP training facility. Kirk also leads all long snapping training in NLP’s football development program.


Joel DeVisser

FOCUS AREAS: Baseball Training

A graduate of Mattawan High School, Joel was an exceptional outfielder for the Western Michigan University baseball program. Playing for the Broncos from 1996-1999, Joel still remains the all-time stolen base leader for the WMU program, with 93 career stolen bases. Joel also is 5th all-time in career hits (215) and 2nd all-time in runs (160) in the WMU record books.

Joel DeVisser serves as a Head Baseball Coach for Next Level’s travel baseball teams in NLP’s baseball development program.


Chad Mayle

FOCUS AREAS: Baseball Training

A graduate of Midland Dow High School, Chad was a 3-year letter winner and all conference performer. Chad went on to pitch at Kellogg Community College where he was named First Team MJCAA All-American, posting a 0.94 ERA and suffering just 1 loss during his time with the Bruins. Chad’s standout performance at KCC provided him an opportunity to continue pitching at Western Michigan University, where he quickly landed a spot in the Broncos’ starting rotation. At WMU, Chad picked up where he left off posting a career best 2.12 ERA in Mid-American Conferece play, which was 3rd best in the MAC. During his Bronco career, Chad pitched 3 complete games and 2 shutouts and was named 2nd Team All-MAC. Chad is a recent graduate of WMU’s Exercise Science Program.

Chad Mayle serves as Next Level’s Pitching Coach in NLP’s baseball development program.


 

Football Coaches

Tim Hiller

FOCUS AREAS: Football Training (Quarterbacks), Leadership & Character Development, Keynote Speaker—Beyond The Game Conferences

A native of Orrville, Ohio, Tim was a record setting quarterback at Orrville High School and Western Michigan University. At WMU Tim played in 44 games and led the Broncos to 2 bowl games while earning both his undergraduate and graduate degrees. As a student-athlete, Tim maintained a 4.0 GPA and claimed numerous 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. After his college career Tim spent time with 4 NFL teams, primarily the Indianapolis Colts. He was also the head football coach at Gull Lake High School for three seasons and is a frequently requested speaker across the Midwest in the areas of leadership development, faith, and discovering purpose.

Next Level co-founder Tim Hiller serves as NLP’s Director of Athlete Development. Tim oversees NLP’s comprehensive skill development programs, as well as NLP’s proprietary leadership & character development curriculum. Tim’s on-field coaching focus is within NLP’s football development program where he leads all quarterback training and NLP’s Quarterback Academy. He is also a featured speaker at NLP’s Beyond The Game Conferences.


Scott Gajos

FOCUS AREAS: Football Training (Wide Receivers & Defensive Backs), Keynote Speaker—Beyond The Game Conferences.

A native of Warren, Michigan, Scott took on the challenge of joining the Western Michigan University football program as a walk on. After three years of hard work, Scott earned a scholarship for his senior season in 2008. During his career as a defensive back for the Broncos, Scott appeared in nearly 30 games, including 2 bowl games. Following his collegiate career, Scott served as a physical education teacher and coach at Vicksburg Community Schools. Scott brings vast youth coaching experience—middle school, freshmen, junior varsity, and varsity—and a passion for speaking and teaching to connect with student-athletes in a way that is relevant, inspiring, and fun.

Next Level co-founder Scott Gajos leads all wide receiver and defensive back training in NLP’s football development program and is a featured speaker at NLP’s Beyond The Game Conferences.


Drew Nowak

FOCUS AREAS: Football Training (Offensive & Defensive Line)

A graduate of DePere High School in DePere, Wisconsin, Drew was a 2-time team captain, an All-State selection, and the #8 ranked recruit in the state of Wisconsin. His success led him to a scholarship at Western Michigan University, where Drew made an immediate impact, playing in 10 games as a true freshman. Drew was a 4-year letter winner for the Broncos, finishing his career with 180 tackles, 30.5 tackles for loss, 11 sacks and was named Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year as a senior in 2011. Upon completing his collegiate career, Drew was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he showed his versatility, switching to offensive line and spending 2 seasons with the team. Drew then went to Seattle, where he played 2 season for the Seahawks, making his debut into the starting line up on Monday Night Football at Lambeau Field near his hometown in Green Bay, WI. After 2 years in Seattle blocking for quarterback Russell Wilson, Drew spent a year with the Kansas City Chiefs before his professional career came to a close. Drew and his wife Maria have a daughter named Acilia.

Drew Nowak serves as a positional coach in Next Level Performance’s comprehensive football development program, focusing on offensive & defensive line.


Jon Jackson

FOCUS AREAS: Football Training (Offensive & Defensive Line)

A graduate of Michigan high school football powerhouse Detroit Cass Tech, Jon was a member of Detroit City, District and Regional championship football teams during his high school year. Named to the Detroit Free Press “Fab 50” as a senior, Jon was a highly-touted recruit across the Midwest. Eventually Jon selected Western Michigan University where he showed his versatility, spending time on the Bronco offensive line as a center, guard and tackle. Jon was a letterwinner for the Broncos, all the while maintaining over a 3.0 grade point average and completing both his undergraduate and graduate degrees at WMU.

Jon Jackson serves as a positional coach in Next Level Performance’s comprehensive football development program, focusing on offensive & defensive line.


Drew Mallery

FOCUS AREAS: Football Training (Linebackers)

A graduate of Vicksburg High School, Drew was an All-State, All-Region, and All-Conference performer on the football field for the Bulldogs, while also serving as a team captain. His senior season, Drew set the VHS single-season school record for tackles, while being named team MVP. In addition, Drew also played basketball and ran track while playing leadership roles in National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Following his illustrious high school career, Drew went on to play football for Hillsdale College, where he continued his success, leading the Chargers entire defense in tackles for loss and sacks 2 consecutive seasons. Drew finished his career as a 2-time All-GLIAC Academic selection and was named a team captain his senior season. He was also selected to represent Hillsdale in the prestigious D-II senior all-star game in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Drew Mallery serves as a positional coach in Next Level Performance’s comprehensive football development program, focusing on linebackers.


Soccer Coaches

Gregg Williams

FOCUS AREAS: Soccer Training

A native of the United Kingdom, Gregg was a standout soccer player who received the honor of representing Cheshire County, UK at the conclusion of his high school career. He is a highly-qualified soccer coach, whose qualifications include: NSCAA Premier Diploma – Distinguished Pass, NSCAA Advanced National Diploma – Distinguished Pass, NSCAA National Diploma, and USSF E License. Gregg has spent the last 10 years in soccer facility/club leadership roles and head coaching roles in Massachusetts, including serving as the Technical Director, Development Programs Director, and Clinic Director at Abbey Villa Soccer Club in Hopkinton, MA.

Gregg Williams serves as Next Level’s Director of Soccer Operations, overseeing NLP’s soccer development program.


Keenan Boulnemour

FOCUS AREAS: Soccer Training

A graduate of Vicksburg High School, Keenan was an Academic All-State selection in both soccer and track & field, as he carried a 3.84 GPA and was a 2-time team captain. Keenan went on to play soccer on scholarship at Siena Heights University where he broke into the starting lineup for the Saints as a freshman and had a successful career. While at SHU, Keenan was also an active leader of the campus Fellowship of Christian Athletes program.

Keenan Boulnemour serves as a Soccer Performance Coach for Next Level’s soccer development program.


Speed & Agility/Strength & Conditioning Coaches

Bob Vezeau, CSCS

FOCUS AREAS: Strength Training, Speed & Agility, Team Training Program

Bob brings unparalleled experience to NLP, having spent 20 years as a collegiate strength & conditioning coach, including 8 at the Division 1 level. A graduate of Springfield College in Massachusetts, Bob holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Exercise Science, as well as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist certification. During his time as a collegiate strength coach at the University of Virginia and Western Michigan University Bob developed and mentored 19 drafted professional athletes (NFL and NHL) and 6 Super Bowl Champions.

Bob Vezeau serves as a Performance Coach in Next Level’s comprehensive strength training and speed & agility programs. Bob oversees NLP’s Team Training Program – an exclusive training service that takes Next Level’s program on the road, training hundreds of athletes each summer at local high schools and travel/club programs all over West Michigan.


Joanna Gangwisch, MS, CSCS

FOCUS AREAS: Injury Prevention, Strength Training, Speed & Agility, Team Training Program

JoannaA native of Rochester, Michigan, Joanna grew up as a multi-sport athlete. After several knee injuries, a reconstructive surgery ended up sidelining her from participating in any sports. During her sophomore year at Western Michigan University, an injury while running resulted in undergoing the same surgery on the other knee. After a long and grueling recovery, she was cleared to participate in sports again. This lead her to pursue a career in sports performance where she discovered a passion for strength and conditioning and educating athletes on injury prevention. Graduating with honors, she has now earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Exercise Physiology from Western while serving as a graduate teaching assistant and the graduate assistant for Special Olympics. As a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, she has worked with Western’s men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, hockey, softball, baseball, men’s and women’s tennis, track & field, cross country, gymnastics, and men’s soccer teams as well as having experience training a variety of clientele in general fitness settings.

Joanna Gangwisch serves as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach in Next Level’s comprehensive strength training and speed & agility programs. She is also the lead trainer for Next Level’s R.I.S.E UP! knee injury prevention and adult fitness programs.


Volleyball Coaches

Sarah Prom

FOCUS AREAS: Volleyball Training, Speed & Agility, Strength Training

A graduate of Alma High School, Sarah was a 4-year letter winner and team captain for the Ferris State University volleyball program. During her time with the Bulldogs, Sarah was a 2-time Academic All-GLIAC selection. Sarah holds a B.S. in Recreation Leadership with an emphasis on Corporate Fitness & Wellness and also an M.A. in Physical Education Pedagogy. Sarah also completed an internship with the National Institute for Fitness and Sport in Indianapolis. Prior to joining the Next Level family, Sarah was an assistant volleyball coach at Alma College.

Sarah Prom serves as a Head Volleyball coach for Next Level’s travel volleyball teams in NLP’s volleyball development program. Sarah is also a Performance Coach in Next Level’s comprehensive strength training and speed & agility programs, focusing on developing female athletes.


Kaitlin Feddema

FOCUS AREAS: Volleyball Training

A graduate of Kalamazoo Christian High School, Kaitlin was a 3-sport athlete in high school and was named 1st Team All-State in Michigan Class C volleyball. Kaitlin went on to play volleyball on scholarship at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, IL. At Trinity Kaitlin was a 2-time NAIA All-American outside hitter and was also recognized with the NAIA National Scholar Athlete award.

Kaitlin Feddema serves as a Head Volleyball coach for Next Level’s travel volleyball teams in NLP’s volleyball development program.


Jess VanderLugt

FOCUS AREAS: Volleyball Training

Jess played 3 years of varsity volleyball at Kalamazoo Christian. She played middle as a sophomore and outside hitter her junior and senior seasons. She helped lead the comets to quarterfinals in 2007. She was named all conference, all region, and all state honorable mention. After high school Jess graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2012 with a degree in Exercise Science.  She moved to Florida for a year and a half after college and moved back to Kalamazoo in 2013. After working in the health and wellness field for a few years, she chose a new career path and now works for State Farm. Jess has coached volleyball at Looga in 2007-2008 and again in 2014.  She has been the JV coach at Kalamazoo Christian High School since 2014. She has also coached 3 seasons with Dead Frog Volleyball.

Jess VanderLugt serves as a Head Volleyball coach for Next Level’s travel volleyball teams in NLP’s volleyball development program.


Sidney Wall

FOCUS AREAS: Volleyball Training

A graduate of Shorecrest Prep High School in St. Petersburg, Florida, Sidney was a multi-sport athlete and academic standout for the Chargers. Her college selection process eventually led her to Kalamazoo College, where she double majored in business and psychology. At Kalamazoo, Sidney took on the rare feat of being a 2-sport college athlete, as she was a member of both the volleyball and basketball teams, while still maintaining her continued academic success in the classroom. Sidney was selected a team captain during her time with the Hornets, and was second on the volleyball team in blocks, and third in kills, while finishing third on the basketball team in blocked shots. She was also named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll and received the prestigious Henry and Inez Brown Award, which honors outstanding community service and participation in the Kalamazoo College community.

Sidney Wall serves as a Head Volleyball coach for Next Level’s travel volleyball teams in NLP’s volleyball development program.


Wrestling Coaches

Adam Fahs

FOCUS AREAS: Wrestling Training

screenshot_2016-08-30-17-21-09-1A graduate of Portage Central High School, Adam was an all-state performer (4th place, Division 1, 2010), finishing his high school career in the top 10 all-time for wins by a PCHS wrestler (136 wins) while maintaining a 3.4 GPA. Adam went on to continue his wrestling career at Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he was a 3 time NAIA national qualifier at the 141, 149, and 157 pound weight classes. Prior to joining the Next Level family, Adam was the co-founder of the highly successful Phenom Wrestling Academy, where he developed multiple youth and high school All-Americans from a pool of wrestlers spanning Southwest Michigan and Northern Indiana.

Adam Fahs serves as the Director of Wrestling for Next Level’s wrestling development program.