Team

MATTHEW REICHER, MS, ATC, CSCS, CISSN

Head Athletic Trainer + Exercise Scientist | Former AT, Red Bulls | Brooklyn Nets

Matthew brings a wealth of experience and accomplishments to the Sports Science Lab (SSL). Prior to joining SSL, Matthew spent the past decade with professional sports teams that include NBA team Brooklyn Nets and MLS team New York Red Bulls.

Matthew earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training from Dominican College and a Masters of Science in Exercise Science and Health Promotion with a dual concentration in rehabilitation sciences and sports psychology from the California University of Pennsylvania. He started his professional career as an Assistant Athletic Trainer/Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach with Brooklyn Nets, where he was appointed the youngest full-time Assistant Athletic Trainer in history of NBA at only 24 years old. His skills, expertise and dedication to athletes were widely recognized when he was named Eastern Conference Assistant Athletic Trainer for the 2008 NBA All-Star Game.

In 2013, Matthew was appointed as the Head Athletic Trainer for the MLS team New York Red Bulls. In that capacity, he oversaw the sports medicine department of the USL pro and academy teams, exhibiting a great deal of dedication to the athletes’ performance and safety. He collaborated with a variety of health care professionals and diligently followed MLS concussion protocol to produce a 100% safe return to play rate following injury. The injury prevention protocol that he created led to some of the lowest number of non-contact soft-tissue injuries per team in MLS since 2013.  In collaboration with the sports science department, he utilized the state of the art tracking and assessment tools to monitor optimal performance and recovery of athletes. In order to ensure optimal performance of his athletes, he worked with the team nutritionist to provide healthy menus, safe supplementation and proper hydration for athletes.

Matthew is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers Association, along with being a certified strength and conditioning specialist, sports nutritionist, performance enhancement specialist, level II speed coach, and a corrective exercise specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

RUSHI SHAHIWALA, PT, OCS

Clinical Instructor | Columbia University + Advanced Hip Clinician | Hospital for Special Surgery + Sports Physiotherapist | Orthopedic Clinical Specialist

As Director of the Sports Science Lab, Rushi brings extensive experience in working with athletes of all ages and levels, including professional and amateur athletes. He is a clinical instructor for Columbia University and is affiliated with the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) as an Advanced Hip Clinician.

In 2015, Rushi was hand selected by the review panel as one of the few sports physiotherapists chosen to treat the All Star Cricket team. He has also worked extensively with professional athletes of every sport, ranging from football to golf players, for post-surgical rehabilitation, injury prevention of chronic injuries as well as accelerated recovery between games.

Trained in the Active Release Technique (ART) and IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization), Rushi has more than 14 years of experience working to helping athletes overcome injuries. He is a certified speed, agility and fitness specialist, a golf specialist and a running specialist.

In his native India, Rushi taught a course on a multidimensional approach to treat soft tissue dysfunction, headaches, shoulder and hip rehabilitation courses through the Indian Association of Physiotherapy and Parul University.

JUAN DELGADO, CBMS, CSSC, NCTTS

Sports Scientist + Certified Biomechanist

Juan Delgado brings his extensive clinical expertise and research background in sports science technologies to the Sports Science Lab. As a sports scientist, Juan’s expertise is in analyzing data to help athletes identify any performance problems and in developing a customized protocol that will help maximize their potential.

Juan obtained his Medical Doctor degree from the University of Guadalajara in Mexico. He worked with Biomet Inc.’s Guadalajara division in the development of tutorials for surgical techniques and procedures for joint replacement and reconstruction that promote an accelerated recovery post-surgery and trans-rehabilitation for athletes.

Juan  holds a U.S. national certification as a biomechanics specialist and a certification in neuro-cognitive performance training, a proven technique that allows athletes of all ages to improve their reaction time, timing and overall focus and attention span. He also holds a certification in using neurotechnology in hand rehabilitation, training softball/baseball players and  golf players, and exercise adaptations for training tennis players. Juan received his certification in sports-related concussions from the United States Sports Academy. He recently became certified as a sleep science coach.

The International Olympic Committee also awarded Juan with a certificate in how to avoid injury and illness.   Before joining the SSL team, Juan worked as a research assistant on a U.S.-based independent study of the immune response and cancer, quantifying and analyzing data that factored in, among many variants, the impact of exercise and diet on the immune response.

Richard James, CSCS

Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach

As a former member of the 2004 Jamaican Olympic track and field team, Richard James brings a unique perspective to his role as SSL’s Strength and Conditioning Coach, having the dual experience of an athlete training for the Olympics as well as nurturing and producing an unprecedented four Olympians during his decade-long tenure at Long Island University’s (LIU) Division 1 Athletics Department.

During the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, James represented Jamaica in the 4×4 relay, training alongside 11-time world champion and arguably one of the best runners of all time, Usain Bolt. That same year, Richard became the indoor world champion mile relay for Team Jamaica in Budapest.  As a standout for the LIU track and field team, James became the school’s first male All-American in the 400-meter dash at the 2003 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. In addition, he was named the Most Valuable Player at the 2003 NEC Outdoor Championships and was named the Most Outstanding Performer four times. Overall, he racked in 13 individual championships during his illustrious career at LIU. Richard was inducted into the LIU Brooklyn Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014.

Richard graduated from LIU in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Science and Exercise Physiology. He received his master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from LIU in 2016. Richard has been an adjunct professor at LIU for the past 8 years in the sports science department. As the university’s head strength and conditioning coach, Richard coordinated and developed specialized workout programs specific to an athlete’s sport and position. Richard oversaw all 18 sports on campus; working directly with each athlete to ensure optimal performance with an equal emphasis on injury prevention. Under his leadership, the injury prevention program that he developed led to the lowest number of non-contact sports-related injuries per team in the university’s history.

Richard’s main areas of expertise are in taking a scientific approach to weight-training, power and speed training, flexibility training, plyometrics, and conditioning. The specialized programs he developed at LIU saw almost all athletes see a peak in levels of physical development within their first year of strength training.  His unique approach to training also played a pivotal role in the success of the D1 track and field teams, thus leading to their achievement in capturing three straight Northeast Conference Championships.

As a highly sought-after strength coach, Richard has extensive experience and a proven track record of training both Olympic and pro athletes from multiple different sports and disciplines. In addition to nurturing and producing four Olympians, Richard has trained multiple baseball athletes; some that have gone on to play professionally. Of note, Richard has also trained and worked with 2-time All American and 2-time Olympian, Julius Mutekanga in distance running, and Soccer Left Back Player Adam Ozeri from Racing Club in Argentina in 2014.

Sean Kuechenmeister, ATC, LAT, CFSC, FMT

Certified Athletic Trainer

As a former football and wrestling athlete for St. Peter’s high school in Staten Island, Sean brings an abundance of knowledge in injury prevention and performance training to SSL. Prior to joining SSL, Sean worked as a Certified Athletic Trainer at Raritan Physical Therapy, in which he designed and implemented custom mobility routines for NFL pros and high-level collegiate athletes during the offseason.

Using a variety of therapeutic modalities and soft tissue manipulation techniques, Sean provided extraordinary care to the athletes he worked with. Sean brings this expertise to SSL in working with athletes of all age groups, ranging from high school all the way to the pro level.

Sean has also presented on numerous topics such as staying injury free for gymnastics training, anti-rotational training for core strength, and functional assessments for youth athletes injury prevention.

Sean is currently providing on site athletic training and injury prevention coverage for high school football programs in the Northeast region. After recording and analyzing data from assessments, Sean has effectively created back to play protocols and has an excellent success rate in keeping his athletes on the field.

Sean received his BS in Athletic Training from Kean University in 2016. While at Kean University, Sean worked as a student-trainer for both the Men’s soccer and Women’s softball teams. Sean is also a certified functional strength coach.

Paul Searles, CSCS

Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach

As a Strength and Conditioning Coach, Paul Searles brings a wide range of experience to the Sports Science Lab. Paul brings multiple perspectives to the lab as he was an athlete his entire life, played college baseball for The College of New Jersey, and has worked with elite athletes across the East Coast.

Paul graduated from The College of New Jersey in 2014 with a BS in Health and Physical Education where he graduated Cum Laude and is currently working towards his Masters Degree in Exercise Science at Kean University. However, since 2014 Paul has worked as an Assistant Baseball Coach at Swarthmore College, a Fitness Specialist for Weston Fitness at Upper Merion Community Center in Pennsylvania, and an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for Ursinus College. All in all, Paul has advanced experience in leading team workouts, designing personalized training programs, teaching proper execution, techniques, and safety for all lifts and movement drills, as well as with designing and implementing strength and conditioning programs for all sports.

Victor Lonchuk, MS, CSCS

Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach + Performance Analyst

Victor Lonchuk has extensive knowledge of and experience in both performance analytics and in strength and conditioning and has excelled in his work with elite athletes of all different age groups across the globe.

In 2011, Victor earned his BS in Physical Education from Lindenwood University and continued on to earn his Master’s of Science in Sports and Exercise Science from Middlesex University in 2015.

He jumpstarted his career working with Prozone Sports Ltd. with a direct focus on sports science and later went on to work as a club analyst for professional soccer clubs in Central America. There he mixed his natural skill for analytics with his passion for sports science delivering biomechanical and physiological presentations to coaches and players.

From there, Victor continued his sports and science focused career as the Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach & Strength and Conditioning Coach for Pratt Institute, the Varsity Head Soccer Coach & Fitness Coach for Cathedral Preparatory School and Seminary, the U18 Head Coach & Sports Scientist for NY Skyliners FC.

Victor earned his CSCS (Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist), Red Cross CPR and First Aid Certifications, and AAAI/ISMA Certified Personal Trainer along the way and has experience performing tests and analyzing results in an array of specialized fields including Gas Analyzers, DEXA scans, Isokinetic Dynamometer, Force Plate, Motion Analysis, EMG, Bioelectrical Impedance, Blood Sampling, Hydration Analysis, HR Monitor, GPS, and more.

Dylan Gould

Senior Software Engineer

Dylan’s role at the lab is to manage and develop key initiatives pertaining to SSL’s proprietary software applications.  Dylan’s extensive experience in software development includes back end web development in Java, front-end development using JavaScript, database creation and management using SQL and Microsoft Access, as well as creating high-level design documents and testing documentation various systems. Dylan’s experience managing healthcare data using SAS studio speaks to his expertise in data analytics as well.

Dylan comes from a background rooted in sports. He is the Head Coach of the Nereid Boat Club, located in Rutherford, NJ. As the Head Coach, Dylan led the club to their first qualification for US Rowing Youth National Championships in 2017.

Dylan also served as a math teacher for The Storm King School for 2014-2015, in which he developed lesson plans for AP Statistics, Precalculus, Algebra 2, and Linear Algebra. Dylan received his Bachelor’s of Science in Economics from Cornell University in 2013. In  2017, Dylan received a Master’s of Information Technology, specializing in software development, IT security, and Healthcare IT from Virginia Tech University.