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Endeavor's Matt Sees Competes at USA Weightlifting Nationals

Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 3:44PM

In March of 2014, Endeavor Performance Specialist Matt Sees set his sights on participating in his first ever Olympic Weightlifting competition. Three months later he officially started his weightlifting career, posting a respectable 115kg (~253lbs) snatch and 140kg (~308lbs) clean and jerk for a 255kg ~561lbs ) total in the NJ Weightlifting Championships in Moorestown.

After only 15 months of dedicated training, Matt qualified for the USA Weightlifting National Championships in Dallas, TX. In Dallas, Matt posted a 126kg (~277lbs) snatch and a 150kg (~330lbs) clean and jerk for a 276kg (~607lbs) total. While Matt's final lifts weren't enough for a chance to stand on the podium, he was unanimously voted best dressed competitor!

We look forward to tracking Matt's progress as he continues to pursue his goal of a Top 3 finish at Nationals!

 

 

Endeavor Performance Specialist Matt Siniscalchi's "Why"

Thursday, June 25, 2015, 8:28AM

Inspired by Simon Sinek's book "Start With Why," each member of the Endeavor staff was recently asked to share why they pursued a career in training, and what motivates them to continue getting better. This series will help provide an inside look at our staff's personal experiences that drove them to a career at Endeavor, and ultimately why we all love our jobs so much. Check out the first installment from Matt Siniscalchi below.

Matt Siniscalchi's "Why"

All of my experiences as an athlete have influenced my choice to become a strength coach.  I have seen good coaches who cared and loved their players and bad ones who wanted to be in a position of authority to make themselves feel better.  Reflecting back on my experience, whether positive or negative, as an athlete under the guidance of many coaches I realized how much of an impact they still have on me.

Growing up also gave me the experiences of what parents can be like.  Some encouraged their kids while others wanted results and they wanted them every time they stepped on the field.  Looking back, I can completely understand why upwards of 70-80% of kids drop out of sports by the time they hit high school.  There could be many reasons but from my experiences, parents can make or break a child’s athletic development because they are invested in short-term success, not long-term development.

Another reason why I got started in this business was my injury history.  During the most important stage of my athletic career (senior year of high school), I suffered a season-ending injury in both track and football which removed any chance of me playing at a high level in either sport. It was actually the only real injury I’d ever had. I can remember how discouraged I felt after those injuries.  I never wanted to see an athlete go through that same disappointment.

I began my coaching career in track and football.  I truly didn’t have any guidance or knowledge other then what I had experienced as an athlete.  The only thing I really knew was that I loved to coach even if I implemented ignorant methods!  Showing up every day was another opportunity for a kid to get better and over the course of a couple of months they did.  The satisfaction from that cannot be put into words.  It’s probably why I started out as a physical education major.  I loved being active, more importantly; I loved to see people improve themselves.

-Matt Siniscalchi, CSCS

 

Anthony DeAngelo named CHL and OHL Defenseman of the Year!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 10:47PM

It has been quite an exciting year for Endeavor athlete Anthony DeAngelo, having recently been named the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Defenseman of the Year, as well as the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Defenseman of the Year.

After being drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning 19th overall in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft this past June, Anthony did not disappoint in his final year of Junior hockey. He posted 25 goals and 64 assists for 89 points in 55 games played, leading the OHL in defensive scoring for the second consecutive year, beating his 2014 total by 18 points. More impressive than his point total was his improvement in +/-, which went from -34 in 2014 to +34 in 2015, which truly shows the commitment DeAngelo made to improving his defensive game in preparation of his first year of pro hockey this fall. Anthony also represented the United States in the World Junior Championships over the holidays.

To finish off the season, Anthony's Soo Greyhounds made a nice run in the OHL playoffs, losing to Connor McDavid and the Erie Otters in the conference finals. In 13 playoff games played, Anthony had 16 assists and a +12 rating. Currently, DeAngelo is down in Tampa Bay with the Lightning as they make their Stanley Cup run. We are very proud of Anthony and look forward to helping him prepare for the next chapter in his career!

 

Kevin Neeld Invited Speaker at NSCA and NHL Events

Thursday, May 7, 2015, 9:36AM

Endeavor's Director of Performance Kevin Neeld was invited to speak at two exciting events in June.

On June 12-13, Kevin will be presenting at the National Strength and Conditioning Association's (NSCA) 2nd Annual Training for Hockey Clinic in Colorado Springs. His talk will be on Applying Long-Term Athletic Development Principles to Off-Ice Training Programs. Kevin spoke at the inaugural event last year on Assessment and Training Strategies to Improve Durability. This seminar features many of the top hockey strength and conditioning coaches from professional, collegiate, and private sectors, so if you're interested in learning from the top minds in hockey training, check out this link for more information: NSCA Training for Hockey Clinic

Shortly after returning home from Colorado, Kevin will be headed out to San Antonio to speak at the 2015 Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers (PHATS) and Society of Professional Hockey Equipment Managers (SPHEM) Conference. His presentation will be on Optimizing Functional Preparedness: Assessing and Improving Individual-Specific Mobility and Movement to Optimize Sport Transfer and Minimize Injury Risk. More more information on the event, see: PHATS/SPHEM 2015 Conference

Be sure to introduce yourself if you're attending either event!

 

Morgan Meoli Named South Jersey Times Athlete of the Week

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 1:15PM

Endeavor Athlete Morgan Meoli was recently named the "South Jersey Times Athlete of the Week."

Morgan hit three homeruns, including a grand slam, and drove in 11 runs in her 6 games last week, ultimately helping lead Kingsway to a Championship Win in the Overbrook Tournament.

Morgan has worked hard over the last several years, both on and off the field, to continuously improve her game. Her hard work has certainly paid off as she recently commited to start her college career playing Division I ball at Hillsborough Community College outside of Tampa, FL and has started this season on fire. On behalf of the entire Endeavor staff, "Congratulations Morgan! We're all very proud of you!"

 

David Lasnier Returns to Endeavor from Pro Baseball

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 12:41PM

Endeavor is excited to welcome back Performance Specialist David Lasnier, after spending the last 2 years working for the Arizona Diamondbacks organization.

During his time with the Dbacks, David assessed, trained, and consulted with hundreds of Minor League players. After spending the first 3 months in Arizona for Spring Training and Extended Spring Training, David was assigned with the Hillsboro Hops in Oregon at the Rookie Ball level.

In his 2nd year, David was promoted to working with the South Bend Silver Hawks, the Class A affiliate of Arizona. David traveled with the team during both seasons, and was primarily responsible for designing in-season programs to keep the players healthy, a significant challenge with the game schedule in baseball. On top of his strength and conditioning responsibilities, David was also involved in the rehab process of injured players, was responsible for managing player recovery, and advised players regarding their nutrition and supplementation habits.

When asked about his return to Endeavor, David said, "I am extremely excited to be back to Endeavor after being away for 2 years. Working with the Diamondbacks was a great opportunity, but working at Endeavor is a special experience. The clients are a blast to work with, and the staff not only constantly pushes each other to get better, but they're all great people that really care about their clients. Endeavor has always felt like home for me, so I'm looking forward to rejoining the team."

On behalf of the entire Endeavor Staff and all of our clients, "Welcome home David!"

 

Gaudreau Leads NHL in Rookie Scoring

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 7:34AM

After a highly successful amateur career, Endeavor athlete Johnny Gaudreau, aka Johnny Hockey, took the NHL by storm finishing his inaugural season as the league's leading rookie scorer with 24 goals and 40 assists for 64 points in 80 games played.

Prior to this year, Johnny won the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in college hockey in 2013-14, a National Championship with Boston College his freshman year, a World Junior Championship with Team USA where he was named to the All-Tournament Team, and a USHL Clark Cup Championship and Rookie of the year selection. Despite his size at 5'9" and 155 lbs., Johnny has established himself as a rising star in the NHL, and a candidate for the Calder Trophy as the NHL's Rookie of the Year.

A 4th Round NHL Draft pick by the Calgary Flames in 2011, Johnny has spent the past 5 off-season's working hard at Endeavor to prepare himself to play at the highest level possible. The Endeavor staff wishes Johnny the best of luck as he begins his quest for the Stanley Cup in this year's NHL Playoffs!

 

Team USA Wins Gold at Women's World Championship

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 6:57AM

Endeavor is excited to welcome home Director of Performance Kevin Neeld, after spending the last 3 weeks working with the USA Hockey's Women's National Team.

Kevin traveled with the team to Long Island where they held their preperatory camp at the Twin Rinks Ice Center at Eisenhower Park. During the camp, Kevin was responsible for the initial off- and on-ice performance testing, designing and implementing the team's off-ice training, and monitoring recovery of all the players. As the team transitioned into the tournament, Kevin also served as an adjunct Massage Therapist.

The team then headed to Malmö, Sweden where their hard work and preparation paid off as they went on to win 4-2, 4-1, and 9-2 over Canada, Finland, and Russia, respectively, in the round-robin. They then faced Russia again in the semi-finals, winning 13-1 before moving on to face Canada in the Gold Medal game. Despite jumping out to a quick lead, culminating with a 5-2 lead early in the 2nd period, Canada rallied to tie the game at 5 heading into the 3rd period. The tie wouldn't last long in the 3rd as Team USA's Brianna Decker popped in a pass from Hilary Knight (who was later named Tournament MVP and won the Directorate Award for Best Forward) for the go-ahead and eventual game winning goal. Final score: 7-5 USA.

Congratulations to the entire USA Hockey Women's National Team players and staff and welcome home Kevin!

 

DeAngelo Leads OHL in Defensive Scoring

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 6:51AM

Endeavor athlete Anthony DeAngelo has had a surreal last couple of years.

Last season, Anthony finished as the OHL's leading defensive scorer with 15 goals and 56 assists for 71 points in 51 games for the Sarnia Sting. As a result of his strong play, Anthony heard his name called 19th overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft in his hometown of Philadelphia.

With high expectations on his last year in the OHL, Anthony delivered in a big way, finishing once again as the leading scorer amongst defensemen with 25 goals and 64 assists for 89 points in 55 games, while posting a +34 rating and 115 penalty minutes. As Sault Ste. Marie makes a run at the OHL Championship and the coveted Memorial Cup bid, Anthony has continued his stellar play as the Greyhounds lynchpin defensemen, averaging 2 points per game through his first 7 games with 14 assists. Anthony has been a hard-working Endeavor athlete since our inception, and we are excited to see him transition into his first year of pro hockey next fall!

 

Badger Commits to UMass Amherst

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 6:48AM

Endeavor Sports Performance is proud to announce that long time athlete Ryan Badger has committed to play Division 1 hockey at UMass-Amherst for the Fall of 2015.

Badger, the captain of the Philadelphia Flyers USPHL Premier team for the past two years, posted 23 goals and 41 assists for 64 points in 48 games played, while adding 3 goals and 6 assists for 9 points in 6 playoff games. Ryan was a key contributor for the Flyers this season, leading them to the USPHL Finals before bowing out to the Hitmen.

The Endeavor staff wishes Ryan the best of luck as he begins his Division 1 career with the Minutemen!