After completing a master’s in applied kinesiology, Nicholas Simonelli joined The Power House at Highland as a performance coach. He quickly became a leader in the company by creating a unique education program for new hires and current staff. His work as Director of Education provides a consistent, high-quality investment in The Power House coaches and keeps them ahead of changes in the fitness industry. He also oversees daily programming for the entire gym, which serves around 200 athletes per day. Outside of work, Nick has a passion for ultimate Frisbee as a volunteer youth coach and player. He is captain of one of the most successful professional ultimate teams in the country, traveling the world for tournaments and helping to legitimize the sport. Nick says CEHD helped him look at human movement with more depth and complexity than ever before, and introduced him to people who inspired him to strive for more.
Performance Coach & Education Leader, The Power House at Highland
MEd Applied Kinesiology, 2014
Instrumental in the creation and implementation of both the new hire educational program and the elite performance training program at The Power House at Highland.
Assistant Coach - youth club ultimate team, Superior. Assistant Coach - college club ultimate team, Grey Duck. Captain - men's club ultimate team, Sub Zero.
I found both John Fitzgerald and Stacy Ingraham to be quite influential in their own ways while I was taking classes through the CEHD. They had a distinct way of going above and beyond during their lessons and were always available for you outside of class. With teachers like them being motivated to succeed is the least one can do in return.
My experience helped me look at human movement with more depth and complexity than ever before. I was able to dive deeper into my interests and stay surround by people who consistently inspired me to strive for more both in academics and in life.
I have fond memories of learning new concepts or principles during lectures in Cooke Hall and then walking directly into the adjacent rec center to test and apply them as soon as class was over.
My two employers, Max & Jill Lipset, have inspired me greatly over the course of my career. They are always engaged and supportive towards me becoming a better professional and I have learned volumes from them over by they way they treat themselves, their clients, and their employees. Watching them at work has become a daily inspiration for me and one that continues to grow with time.
Of all the knowledge and material that filled my brain during higher education nothing proved to be more vital to my success as a professional than the basic yet crucial skills of patience and communication. The ability to truly listen to someone and then communicate clearly and concisely in return can prove to be your strongest training program. But oh my does it require patience, patience and understanding are key as an emerging professional.
I love to drink coffee, rock climb, and play ultimate frisbee with friends.
Hopefully as bright in both outlook and disposition but these days it could range anywhere from reserved and thoughtful to loud and mischievous.
I would describe myself as someone who operates with intent and is rather introspective. I like to digest the big picture and will often avoid speaking or acting out until I have had a chance to do so. Like most people in my field, I have a rather competitive nature that is often brought to life through various sports and other physical means.
I just finished Ready Player One by Ernest Cline which I would feel good recommending to anyone. Typically I enjoy reading dystopian short stories/novels along the lines of Murakami, Bradbury, and Vonnegut.
I would love to have coffee with Alan Watts.
The large variety of clientele, challenging work projects, and amazing co-workers help keep me engaged and excited for each day.
When I was a kid I think I wanted to be someone who played outside for a living--I guess I got pretty close!
I enjoy keeping up with other professionals in the field of strength and conditioning and I like to read research from seemingly unrelated fields to help me keep perspective on common practices.
I can eat pizza alarmingly fast.