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.

MICHAEL GREENE, CBMS, PES

Head Performance Enhancement Specialist

Michael Greene brings more than 15 years of experience as an athlete to his position as a Certified Biomechanics Specialist at the Sports Science Lab. After receiving multiple scholarship offers during his high school baseball career, Michael enrolled at The College of New Jersey.

As an athlete, Michael worked with renowned rehab specialists and coaches, including professionals from Hospital for Special Surgery and John Franco of the New York Mets. Now he uses this experience in advanced rehabilitation and training centers to evaluate other athletes, utilizing our state-of-the-art sports science technologies. Recently, he played an integral role in developing SSL’s “5 Tools Optimization Program” for baseball players. This proprietary program optimizes baseball players ability to perfect the 5 tools: hitting for average, hitting for power, throwing, fielding, and running with efficiency, using sensory performance technology, isoinertial technology, and whole body vibration.

Michael also holds 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 is also a certified  performance enhancement specialist.

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 Gagne

Strength and Conditioning Coach, Posturologist, Somatotherapist, Exercise Kinesiologist, Member of SSL’s Advisory Team

World-renowned posturologist and strength and conditioning coach Paul Gagne brings 25 years of expertise and dedication to the SSL advisory team. His whole-body approach to improving athletic performance and experience with world-class athletes make him one of most sought-after strength and conditioning experts.

Paul is recognized as a coach who is always on the cutting edge of athletic performance. His expertise in training protocols for posture, rehabilitation, muscular balance and performance enhancement have helped many professional athletes improve performance and reach their full athletic potential. While Paul addresses individual needs of every athlete, his basic approach to training always starts with building a solid base for general conditioning, followed by improving the posture by addressing muscular imbalances and weaknesses; and then developing a strength and conditioning program. By taking this whole-body approach to training, Paul’s method ensures that athletes stay on top of their game and reach their full athletic potential.

Paul’s dedication to optimizing athletic performance is evident in his passion for sharing his knowledge and educating others. He teaches seminars on posturology, injury prevention and training methods for enhancing performance and has written many articles on these subjects.

One of Paul’s many professional accomplishments is the development of a unique postural and functional evaluation and training system

This system identifies and corrects any postural and muscle imbalances that may inhibit athletic performance and has benefited many professional athletes. Paul also developed golf-specific training protocols with the David Leadbetter Golf Academy.

Paul has an impressive list of clients and has worked with world champions and top athletes from a vast array of sports, including some of the top NHL athletes for the past 25 years. His clients include the UFC World Champion Georges St Pierre, Olympic freestyle skiers Dufour-Lapointe sisters Justine, Maxime and Chloe, LPGA’s Michelle Wie, PGA 2005 US Open Winner Michael Campbell, NBA team Portland Trail Blazers’ Juan Dixon, as well as professional NHL players Milan Michalek from Toronto Maple Leafs, Ondrej Pavelec from Winnipeg Jets, Michael Frolik from Calgary Flames, Derick Brassard from New York Rangers, Jonathan Huberdeau from Florida Panthers, Jonathan Drouin from Tampa Bay Lightning, Marc-Andre Fleury from Pittsburgh Penguins and Zbynek Michalek from St. Louis Blues.

Joe Bingold

Member of the SSL's Advisory Team

Joe Bingold is the CEO of Seanaptec- a sensory performance technology company. Joe was a triple major at M.I.T., an 8-year veteran of the US Navy, and a graduate of Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. He served as an officer for the Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program with responsibility for the electronic control systems for nuclear power plants on aircraft carriers and submarines. He brings a wide range of business experience from co-founding a previous successful startup and a director of marketing at Tektronix. Bingold is graduate of an Arjay Miller Scholar from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. During his four undergraduate years at MIT on a Navy/ROTC scholarship, he triple majored in electrical engineering, business, and anthropology.

Derek Davis

Member of SSL's Advisory Team

Derek Davis is one of the most well-known US collegiate archery coaches. Derek joined Columbia Athletics in August of 2003 as an assistant coach. Davis has lifted his profile, and those of his student-athletes, to the highest levels every year since becoming the head coach in August of 2004.

Each year under his tutelage the program has reached new heights.  At the 2015 National Outdoor Collegiate Archery Championships, Columbia captured the gold medal in both the recurve and compound divisions. This was the first time in program history that Columbia finished first in the compound division. 11 years’ prior, Davis’ first team, the 2004-05 squad, won the U.S. Intercollegiate championship in Women’s Recurve, Columbia’s first-ever national title. Overall, Davis has coached five recurve teams to gold medal finishes and one compound team – 2005, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2015.

In 2014, the U.S. Olympic Committee named him the National Coach of the year. The previous year Davis was awarded the Doc Counsilman “Science” award – which is awarded to a coach that utilizes scientific techniques/equipment as an integral part of their coaching method or has created innovative ways to use sports science. Davis called upon SSL to conduct an assessment of his archers. This proved to be a success as the team claimed the national title.

During his tenure at Columbia, Davis has produced a number of All-American and All-East honorees, as well as a host of USA Archery All-Academic team members. The 2009 squad set a program record – the season saw a record number of Columbia archers earn All-East, All-Academic, and All-American honors. The 2015 squad later matched that record of All-Americans, with six earning that honor.

Davis has seen much success in the archery world outside of Morningside Heights.  In January 2008, he was elected to the Board of Directors of USA Archery in a nationwide vote. He currently chairs the Nominating and Governance committee and was a member of the Collegiate Task force which helped develop the newly launch Collegiate division under USA archery.

For the past 9 years, Davis has been part of USAA’s “International Team Staff” program. He has served as Coach or Team Manager on multiple trips to Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Mexico, Croatia, Italy and Taiwan. This past summer, he was selected as Head Coach for team USA competing at the World University Archery Championship in Mongolia and also a staff Coach for the US team at the World Archery Field Championship in Dublin this September.

Davis is also a Coach for the prestigious Jr. Dream Team program which is designed to develop young archers who show elite level potential. Many of his students have won national titles or ranked in the top ten.

 

 

 

Richard James

Strength and Conditioning Coach, Member of SSL's Advisory Team

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 Racing Argentina left back 2014 signee Adam Ozeri.