Team

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.

Juan has been featured on top media outlets such as National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports, and numerous MMA podcasts and articles through his work with Al Iaquinta.

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.

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.

STANLEY DELVA, DPT, PT, ATC, CSCS

Physical Therapist | Athletic Trainer |Strength & Conditioning Coach | EMG Specialist

As Director of Sports Rehab & Performance, Stanley Delva, DPT, PT, ATC CSCS, brings 8 years of knowledge and a decade of extensive experience in working with athletes of all levels. He has not only worked as an athletic trainer within the NFL but also directly with the Hospital for Special Surgeries.  Dr. Delva holds a Doctorate in physical therapy, a dual Bachelors and Masters in Athletic Training as well as an additional Bachelors in exercise science.

From 2015-2017 Dr. Delva worked in the NFL as a dual physical therapist/athletic trainer.  Working for both the Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers performance staffs.

He then worked as the Senior Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer at Professional Physical Therapy right here in New York. He oversaw an inter-disciplinary team of physical therapists, athletic trainers, and strength coaches. 

Dr. Delva takes his continuing education seriously and is actively being mentored by both former and current Head Athletic Trainers around the NBA. He is EMG/NCV Certified by the American Academy of Clinical Diagnosis, Corrective Exercise Specialist certified by NASM and has been an Advanced Residency Program Facility member and instructor.

 

Sean Kuechenmeister, ATC, LAT, CFSC, FMT, RKC

Certified Athletic Trainer

Sean brings over a decade of experience in health, wellness, rehab, and training to the Lab. As a competitive athlete in gymnastics and wrestling, Sean developed a passion for studying human performance at an early age. As a Sports Medicine student at Kean University, Sean worked with Kean’s Men’s Soccer and Women’s Softball teams. Sean learned from and publicly presented alongside longtime mentor Chris Flores of FLO Fitness. During this time, he worked alongside legendary figures in Boxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and college wrestling. Some of their most popular presentations included “Injury Prevention in Gymnastics training”, “Hip Mobility for Combat Athletes”, and “Anti-Rotational Training for Sports”.

After graduating Cum Laude with his BS in Sports Medicine/Athletic Training, Sean began treating and training professional football athletes in Edison New Jersey. When he wasn’t in the clinic, he was providing onsite medical coverage for state championship football program Mater Dei Prep High School. When Sean isn’t assessing, treating, and training athletes at the Lab, he is providing on site athletic training and injury prevention coverage for St. Joseph by the Sea High School in Staten Island, NY. Sean has helped pilot a program for team assessments intended to identify athletes at a high-risk for injury, and incorporating injury prevention protocols with a great margin of success.

Sean is a licensed Athletic Trainer in NY and NJ state, a nationally certified Functional Strength Coach, Functional Movement Taping Therapist, and Russian Kettle bell Instructor, and a regular contributor to US News and Business Insider.  

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.

Mike Mullen, CSCS, USAW 1

Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach

Mike Mullen brings the latest knowledge of Strength and Conditioning from a Division 1 perspective to the lab. Prior to working at the lab, Mike interned as a Strength and Conditioning Coach and Sports Performance Coach at Lafayette College, Arizona State University, and Temple University where he not only learned from elite strength coaches but also coached and assisted elite athletes on multiple Division 1 teams through drills and workouts.

Mike also prepped these respective teams, which included football, volleyball, swimming, track and field, beach volleyball, and diving for pre and post-game movements and recovery. Additionally, Mike has dedicated his entire life to athletics, including his time as a multi-sport athlete throughout all of high-school, and has always been passionate about sports and athletic performance. 

 Combining that athletic passion with his experience in training D1 athletes, Mike is committed to helping athletes reach their peak athletic performance through SSL’s science-based methodology. Mike graduated from Temple University in 2017 where he earned a BS in Kinesiology and studied Exercise and Sports Science. He is also a USA Weightlifting Certified Level 1 Sport Performance Coach, Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach, CPR/AED Certified, and First Aid Certified.

Victor Lonchuk, CSCS, MS

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 scout, specializing in individually training elite candidates to CA Cerro’s athletic standards, and then as a club analyst for Skyliners Enterprises LLC. There he mixed his natural skill for analytics with his passion for sports science in diagnosing and strategizing with prestigious teams as well as delivering biomechanical and physiological presentations.
 
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, and the U13 & U16 Head Coach & Fitness Coach for Latin Stars Soccer Academy.
 
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.

Matt Diorio

Biomechanics Specialist

Matthew Diorio is a baseball lifer, having played the sport for over 15 years.  Matt dominated in high school for Moore Catholic High School in Staten Island, leading the Island CHSAA in batting as a sophomore and adding his name to the list of Advance All-Stars on his way to becoming a four-year letter winner. As a senior, Matt finished 6th in hitting, at a .340 clip. Following a great high school career, Matt committed to the University of Central Florida as the starting catcher. Matt proved his worth to UCF as he was consistently one of the best hitters on the team. As a sophomore for UCF, Matt finished 5th on the team with a .308 average, including a .524 slugging percentage.

In 2014 Matt Played with the Watertown Rams during the summer and was named to the Perfect Game Collegiate All-American Third Team after posting a .352 avg. He picked up team MVP and Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League First Team honors, while also finding his name on the PGCBL All-Star Team. He became the second player in the history of the league to hit for the cycle. In the following summer Matt Played in the Alaska Baseball League (ABL) as he was named one of the Top 10 Alaskan Summer League prospects by Baseball American, playing for the Matsu Miners, made the All-Star team and finished the summer hitting .333 in helping the Miners to the division title. Following an impressive stint in college, Matt was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 16th round. While enrolled at UCF, Matt majored in Sports and Exercise Science.

Coupled with the knowledge he learned in the classroom with his experience as a professional baseball player, Matt brings great value to the Sports Science Lab team. He recently became a Certified Biomechanics Specialist. Matt has been instrumental in providing advice and knowledge to SSL’s current baseball roster of clients. Matt has honed in on the neurocognitive performance training and relating that to specific sports that will affect performance directly on the field. Recently, Matt was featured on The Baseball Rebellion Podcast to talk about how SSL’s methodology is changing the baseball industry as a whole.

Jeffrey Duarte, MA, CSCS, PN1

Performance Specialist + Sports Scientist

As a former soccer player for a multitude of youth academies in New Jersey, Trinidad and Tobago, and Portugal, Jeffrey brings a plethora of knowledge and experience in strength and conditioning, sport science, injury prevention, soccer specific conditioning, soccer tactical periodization, and return to play rehabilitation to the Sports Science Lab. Before joining SSL, Jeffrey worked as a strength and conditioning coach for Parabolic Performance and Rehab, where he developed strength-training programs unique to each sport and individuals of all levels of experience from amateur to professional athletes.

Among his clients were the Ramapo College Women’s soccer team, Soccer Domain FC youth academy, Olympic Figure Skaters representing Brazil in Sochi, and finally PGA Golf athletes. Jeffrey was also the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach and Sports Scientist for Sky Blue FC; a women’s professional soccer team playing in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). His role there included developing, implementing, and coaching all strength training programs directed to injury prevention and performance enhancement. Jeffrey assisted in return to play soccer specific drills to optimize conditioning, mobility, and proprioception.

His role as a sport scientist allowed him to collect GPS and wellness data, where he would use that information to calculate individual player load/fatigue post training/game to better supplement and periodize training throughout the season. He would lead recovery protocols through meditation, yoga, mobility drills, educational seminars on sleep, nutrition, ice baths, and compression garments. Jeffrey interned with the NY Red Bulls throughout the 2016 MLS season as an assistant strength and conditioning coach and sports scientist. He would assist the physiotherapists on strength rehabilitation programs for many of the injured players, develop training programs, and help assist with GPS/Wellness data collection. In his new role at the lab, Jeffrey will take on a number of soccer-specific clients and continue to develop new protocols. He will also be instrumental in developing a daily readiness test, which will include heart rate variability monitoring.

Jeffrey received his Masters in Exercise Science from Montclair State University in 2016 along with his Strength and Conditioning Certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He has undergone a Myokinematic Restoration and Integration to Movement and Fitness course through the Postural Restorative Institute and is currently earning his Precision Nutrition Level 1 certification.