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Monica was born and raised in Erie, PA. After moving away to teach and work on her Master’s degree in the Northern Virginia/DC area, she finally made her way back home to raise her family.


Monica received her BA in Special Education from Niagara University and her Master’s degree in Deaf Education with a focus on multiple disabilities from Gallaudet University. She grew up with a love for sports. Monica played Division I soccer for two years at Niagara until she came across the sport of rugby and just had to try it out.


After college, she continued to play rugby for the Northern Virginia Women’s Rugby Club for 10 years. In her free time, she does interpreting as a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter, loves to travel, and is a homeschooling mom to five children.


One of her family’s favorite things to do together is to watch America Ninja Warrior! Taking the love of the show and combining it with her love for her family and community, Sinai Sports was born.

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Director of Operations

Steve had a love of all sports growing up and participated on many different teams, including soccer, baseball, basketball, football, diving, and gymnastics.  While he enjoyed all of those sports, it was gymnastics that truly captured his interest.  He competed all four years for the College of William and Mary’s Division 1 gymnastics team. 


After college, he stayed involved in gymnastics as a part-time coach and judge while building a career as an Information Technology consultant. Now as a father of five children, he enjoys playing games with them and watching them develop a similar enjoyment in their sports of choice.


Over the last several years, Steve has continued playing sports in local indoor soccer leagues and has become fond of running, completing two marathons, a half marathon, and the local Barber Beast on the Bay the past two years.  The obstacle course race was one of the more fun and challenging events he's completed, leading to an increased desire to bring a Ninja obstacle training facility to Erie.

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General Manager

Michael "Rez" Resurreccion , originally of Wyomissing PA, is contributing 16 years of management in the service industry & hospitality as well as 20 years of coaching experience.
Michael is the Club Director of Erie Elite Performance VBC. Michael is the former head coach of Villa Maria and Cathedral Prep Volleyball in Erie, PA. Michael led Villa Maria to an undefeated season and their 1st Regional Championship in school history in 2021. Outside of the volleyball court, Michael was the assistant coach of Villa Maria Swim Team during their back to back PIAA State Titles.
Michael attended Gannon University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English. He continued his volleyball career at Gannon University and assisted their men’s club volleyball team to qualify for Nationals.

With his multiple years of sports management, Michael is excited to start this new journey as the General Manager and is looking forward to the expansion of Sinai Sports as well as the growth of its clients. 

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Fitness Director /Asst. Manager/ Personal Trainer

Derrick attended Towson University in Maryland and received his BS in Exercise Science/Sports Medicine with a minor in Early Childhood Education. He was also a student athlete, playing division I football. Derrick is an athletic performance coach and a certified personal trainer through ACSM (American College of Sport Medicine).


Derrick has a passion for helping individuals reach their goals from seniors, adults, athletes, and kids. He joined the Sinai Sports team because he enjoys working with kids. His experience with coaching/ training allows him to bestow his knowledge into an enrichment lesson of physical activity for the kids, as coaching and teaching are arguably synonymous.


Derrick has been a part of several youth programs/camps where he’s been able to be both the coach and the teacher. Derrick’s natural knack for helping people, motivating people, and being creative play salient roles in his field of choice. Derrick believes that you can achieve anything you want with hard work, good behavior, and discipline.


Outside of coaching/teaching Derrick is working diligently on his entrepreneurial endeavors.


"Fun Fact” he has a twin brother! 

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Parkour Director /Parkour & Freerunning Instructor

Nate developed a love of movement early in life but had no physical outlet that could hold his attention. It wasn't until age 16 that he and a friend taught each other basic tumbling skills in their backyards. Nate was quickly recruited to be a competition cheerleader during his senior year of high school. After taking third place at CCC Nationals, he graduated and was hired to coach floor tumbling over the summer before attending college that fall. That experience led to several other coaching positions over the next 15 years. Meanwhile, an exposure to breakdancing and free running during his time in college opened up new doors and unlocked new movements. He began to teach various breakdance classes between Meadville and Erie, but eventually returned to coaching in the years to come.


Nathan earned a USASF certification and continued to coach floor tumbling until he moved to Los Angeles in 2014. He informally continued his education while studying the diversity of movements and styles the West Coast had to offer. Upon moving home in late 2015, he resumed his role as a tumbling coach as well as an instructor for free running and parkour. He has most recently branched out into the world of ballet partnering and has had the opportunity to perform several times in the last three years.


As a lifelong fan of movement in all its various forms, he strives to continuously learn and to pass those lessons onto others.

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Ninja Director

Alaina is a homeschooled high schooler who started working at Sinai Sports as front desk staff. She took her first Ninja class in the fall of 2021 and immediately fell in love with the sport along with the people involved.


She loves to coach all of the young ninjas and watch them improve every class. She is eager to improve her own ninja skills and become a better athlete.

A fun fact about Alaina is that she comes from a big family and has even managed to bring some family members in for Ninja classes. When Alaina is not in the gym working or training you can find her spending time with her family and friends. She also loves coffee, summer, working out, traveling, and sunsets.

Alaina is so excited for her coaching journey. She looks forward to coaching many Sinai Ninjas and watching them succeed.


Jake Marks

Team Gymnastics Head Coach 

Coach Jake Marks is a former Class 1 gymnast of 12 years and has spent more than two decades instructing the sport of Gymnastics to thousands of athletes across the country. Coach Jake spent 10 years as a Junior National Developmental Coach and was voted 2017's Pennsylvania Men's Gymnastics Coach of the Year.

Coach Jake has coached countless State Champions, Regional Champions, and National Champions throughout his coaching career across both Cheerleading and Gymnastics and he has coached 12 NCAA athletes and counting. Jake was a 2015 Berlin Cup Champion and a 2016 Pan American Team Silver. 

Jake is a devoted father of four who loves to spend his free time with his family, reading books, and spending time in the great outdoors. He continues to strive to help grow the Gymnastics program here at Sinai Sports by continuing to provide exceptional coaching to Erie's youngest athletes.

Favorite Quote by Coach Jake: "Breathe :)"


Amanda Yacone

Gymnastics Director

Meet Amanda, a passionate coach and a lover of sports! Amanda has been involved in sports since a very young age. She started as a gymnast and eventually started coaching gymnastics at the young age of 14. Gymnastics continued to be Amanda’s main sport as she competed for her high school team all 4 years as well as participating in competitive cheerleading, field hockey, and track. She attributes learning a lot of life skills from the sport of gymnastics. Some of those skills include a strong work ethic, perseverance, confidence, and teamwork.

Amanda continued her journey in the fitness world and later became a figure bodybuilding competitor. She also pursued her degree as a physical therapist assistant to further her knowledge in the field. With her experience, she owned and operated i9 sports, a youth sports program. She has also coached McDowell’s JV cheerleading team.

As a mother, Amanda wanted the best for her children as she searched for a gym that would provide a fun, positive, and safe experience while also teaching proper technique. That's why she came to be a part of the Sinai Sports team!

Amanda's passion for coaching goes beyond the gym as she is a wife, mother of two kids, and a dog mom to three dogs. On top of that, Amanda runs her own small business as a portrait photographer. In her free time, she loves to be outdoors in warm weather, go on vacation, and watch movies with her family. 

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