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Dr. Nick Serio

General Manager
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Dr. Nick Serio

General Manager
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Dr. Nick Serio, earning his Doctorate of Education in Sport and Performance Psychology from the University of Western States, established Athletes Warehouse in 2014 and extended his commitment to athlete empowerment with the founding of Velo University in 2020. His unwavering mission is to reshape the conventional perspective on the development of student-athletes and usher in a new era of athletic excellence.

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Dr. Nick Serio

General Manager
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Dr. Nick Serio

General Manager

Dr. Nick Serio, earning his Doctorate of Education in Sport and Performance Psychology from the University of Western States, established Athletes Warehouse in 2014 and extended his commitment to athlete empowerment with the founding of Velo University in 2020. His unwavering mission is to reshape the conventional perspective on the development of student-athletes and usher in a new era of athletic excellence.

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Cassie Reilly-Boccia

Director of Operations
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Cassie Reilly-Boccia

Director of Operations
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Cassie, a Sports Performance Specialist and Co-Owner of Athletes Warehouse & VeloU, holds a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Alabama and a Masters in Biomechanics from the University of Northern Iowa. A four-year starter for the Alabama Crimson Tide Softball team, Cassie achieved remarkable success, winning three Southeastern Conference Championships and a National Championship in her senior year. Additionally, she is the author of the book, "Finished It - A Team's Journey to Winning it All," and a distinguished member of the NYS Softball Hall of Fame.

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Cassie Reilly-Boccia

Director of Operations
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Cassie Reilly-Boccia

Director of Operations

Cassie, a Sports Performance Specialist and Co-Owner of Athletes Warehouse & VeloU, holds a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Alabama and a Masters in Biomechanics from the University of Northern Iowa. A four-year starter for the Alabama Crimson Tide Softball team, Cassie achieved remarkable success, winning three Southeastern Conference Championships and a National Championship in her senior year. Additionally, she is the author of the book, "Finished It - A Team's Journey to Winning it All," and a distinguished member of the NYS Softball Hall of Fame.

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Sam Byrns

Director of Remote Training
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Sam Byrns

Director of Remote Training
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Sam, a performance coach with a versatile background in pitching and performance, holds a Masters in Business Administration from St. John’s University, where he previously served as the baseball team's strength and conditioning coach. His journey includes playing on the LeMoyne College baseball team's pitching staff while earning his bachelor's degree. Currently, Sam serves as the pitching coach at his alma mater, Fox Lane High School.

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Sam Byrns

Director of Remote Training
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Sam Byrns

Director of Remote Training

Sam, a performance coach with a versatile background in pitching and performance, holds a Masters in Business Administration from St. John’s University, where he previously served as the baseball team's strength and conditioning coach. His journey includes playing on the LeMoyne College baseball team's pitching staff while earning his bachelor's degree. Currently, Sam serves as the pitching coach at his alma mater, Fox Lane High School.

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Stephen Portee

Director of Training
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Stephen Portee

Director of Training
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Stephen Portee, Director of Training at VeloU, is a certified Strength and Conditioning Coach with an M.S. in Exercise Science from Montclair State University, overseeing all training activities with a focus on improving body awareness and movement quality. His specialized expertise includes enhancing strength and power, with a commitment to refining sprinting, plyometric training, and flexibility conditioning for a positive and productive athlete experience.

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Stephen Portee

Director of Training
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Stephen Portee

Director of Training

Stephen Portee, Director of Training at VeloU, is a certified Strength and Conditioning Coach with an M.S. in Exercise Science from Montclair State University, overseeing all training activities with a focus on improving body awareness and movement quality. His specialized expertise includes enhancing strength and power, with a commitment to refining sprinting, plyometric training, and flexibility conditioning for a positive and productive athlete experience.

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Jason Agresti

Director of BackstopU
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Jason Agresti

Director of BackstopU
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As the Director of BackStopU at VeloU, Jason, a former 4-year starter at SUNY Binghamton University and professional baseball player with a degree in Business Administration, is dedicated to bringing new-age catching instruction to emerging catchers, drawing from his experience with teams like the Rockland Boulders and the Sussex County Miners. Balancing coaching, pursuing a master's degree, and offseason preparation, Jason is committed to helping catchers advance to the next level.

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Jason Agresti

Director of BackstopU
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Jason Agresti

Director of BackstopU

As the Director of BackStopU at VeloU, Jason, a former 4-year starter at SUNY Binghamton University and professional baseball player with a degree in Business Administration, is dedicated to bringing new-age catching instruction to emerging catchers, drawing from his experience with teams like the Rockland Boulders and the Sussex County Miners. Balancing coaching, pursuing a master's degree, and offseason preparation, Jason is committed to helping catchers advance to the next level.

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Thomas Jankins

Director of Pitching
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Thomas Jankins

Director of Pitching
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Tom, a Quinnipiac University graduate with a bachelor's degree in business management and a former baseball player drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2016 MLB draft, pitched for 7 seasons in the minor leagues, reaching AAA. In the offseason, he served as a throwing instructor across multiple facilities in NY, CT, and MA. After concluding his playing career, Tom transitioned to work as an analyst for a consulting company, bringing a data-driven approach to enhance athlete performance.

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Thomas Jankins

Director of Pitching
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Thomas Jankins

Director of Pitching

Tom, a Quinnipiac University graduate with a bachelor's degree in business management and a former baseball player drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2016 MLB draft, pitched for 7 seasons in the minor leagues, reaching AAA. In the offseason, he served as a throwing instructor across multiple facilities in NY, CT, and MA. After concluding his playing career, Tom transitioned to work as an analyst for a consulting company, bringing a data-driven approach to enhance athlete performance.

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Kenny Hayden

Director of Media
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Kenny Hayden

Director of Media
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As the Director of Media & Marketing at VeloU, Kenny leverages his five years of experience as a division one baseball outfielder at the University At Albany. Having trained at Athletes Warehouse since its inception in 2014 and with Dr. Nick Serio for four years prior, Kenny brings a unique perspective to his role. He is responsible for creating and overseeing all digital content across VeloU channels, contributing his firsthand knowledge of athletic training.

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Kenny Hayden

Director of Media
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Kenny Hayden

Director of Media

As the Director of Media & Marketing at VeloU, Kenny leverages his five years of experience as a division one baseball outfielder at the University At Albany. Having trained at Athletes Warehouse since its inception in 2014 and with Dr. Nick Serio for four years prior, Kenny brings a unique perspective to his role. He is responsible for creating and overseeing all digital content across VeloU channels, contributing his firsthand knowledge of athletic training.

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Paul Franzese

Performance Coach
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Paul Franzese

Performance Coach
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Paul, a SUNY Cortland graduate with a Bachelors in fitness development and a M.A. in exercise science, brings a wealth of experience as a former baseball team captain. During his time at Cortland, he also served as a biomechanics lab instructor for two years. Passionate about pushing and improving the next generation of athletes, Paul is dedicated to shaping the future of athletic development.

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Paul Franzese

Performance Coach
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Paul Franzese

Performance Coach

Paul, a SUNY Cortland graduate with a Bachelors in fitness development and a M.A. in exercise science, brings a wealth of experience as a former baseball team captain. During his time at Cortland, he also served as a biomechanics lab instructor for two years. Passionate about pushing and improving the next generation of athletes, Paul is dedicated to shaping the future of athletic development.

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Mike Hernandez

Performance Coach
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Mike Hernandez

Performance Coach
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Mike, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Certified FRC Mobility Specialist (FRCms) with a B.S. degree in Health Science from Boston University, brings extensive experience coaching elite-level athletes from multiple sports, including a tenure with the Boston Red Sox organization where he played a key role in developing the organization's youngest and brightest draft prospects.

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Mike Hernandez

Performance Coach
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Mike Hernandez

Performance Coach

Mike, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Certified FRC Mobility Specialist (FRCms) with a B.S. degree in Health Science from Boston University, brings extensive experience coaching elite-level athletes from multiple sports, including a tenure with the Boston Red Sox organization where he played a key role in developing the organization's youngest and brightest draft prospects.

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Tim Wilson

Director of Nutrition
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Tim Wilson

Director of Nutrition
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Tim, the Director of Athletic Nutrition, holds a B.S. in Exercise Science from Mercy College and certifications from the Nutrition Coaching Institute and International Society of Sports Nutrition. With a background spanning 20 years at the City of White Plains Fire Department, Tim is committed to providing tailored nutrition plans that support athletes' training programs and optimize their performance.

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Tim Wilson

Director of Nutrition
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Tim Wilson

Director of Nutrition

Tim, the Director of Athletic Nutrition, holds a B.S. in Exercise Science from Mercy College and certifications from the Nutrition Coaching Institute and International Society of Sports Nutrition. With a background spanning 20 years at the City of White Plains Fire Department, Tim is committed to providing tailored nutrition plans that support athletes' training programs and optimize their performance.

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