Team: Pendragon

Coach:  Lou DeMarco

Weight class: 77kg

Height: 5’8”

What year did you being lifting? Seasonally for sports in 7th gr (1999) & Fulltime in 2007

How did you get involved? Lou was the principal at my high school, and all the good athletes I knew had trained with him.

Favorite Competition Lift?  Snatch

Favorite Training Lift?  Snatch Push Press + Overhead Squat

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Youngstown State & Currently Working on Master’s Degree in Student Affairs/Leadership at Youngstown State. Hopefully looking into Doctorate Programs in Leadership and Administration within the next year.

Personal Goals: Make the 2013-2016 World Teams, 2016 Olympic Team & improve my total every year that I compete

Favorite Food: Avocado and Italian Turkey Sausage

Favorite Book: Anything fictional by John Brown, John Grisham or David Baldacci and any good biography with a positive message

Favorite TV Show: Modern Family & Seinfeld

Favorite song that gets you motivated:  “Sail” by Awolnation & “Dust Bowl Dance” by Mumford & Sons

Hobbies/Interested outside of Weightlifting: Reading and Napping

Most people don’t know that….I live in an old farmhouse on 55 acres that is open to any weightlifters looking for a place to train. Quote from Kevin Cornell- “In the winter, it feels like Rocky training in Russia.”