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MEET THE STAFF
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, coaches soccer, 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.
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 the local indoor soccer leagues and has become fond of running, completing two marathons, a half marathon, and the local Barber Beast on the Bay in the last two years. The obstacle course race was one of the more fun and challenging events he completed, leading to an increased desire to bring a Ninja obstacle training facility to Erie.
David was born and raised in Erie, PA where he has been actively involved in the local sports scene in a variety of capacities since the age of five. As a player, he was a member of the soccer and basketball teams at Mercyhurst Preparatory School. He was also a two-year member of the men’s soccer program at Gannon University. After his playing days were complete, David turned his attention to coaching, officiating, and athletic administration as a way to stay involved in sports and the games he loved. As a coach, for the past 20 years, he has worked with a number of youth, middle school, and high school teams, particularly in soccer at both the travel and recreational level. David holds a National Soccer Coaches Association of America National Diploma. He has worked a number of high school team camps and has volunteered his time at the rec level. David has many years of officiating experience as a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) grade 8 referee, a college official, and most recently as a Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) high school soccer referee. He looks forward to continuing to share his passion for sports, in particular soccer, with the area youth as he fulfills his roles as General Manager of Sinai Sports and as coach/instructor of the soccer programs offered at Sinai.
Ryan is currently a Physical Therapy Assistant student. He has a background in many different sports focusing on cross country and track in high school. However, he has been training specifically for American Ninja Warrior for the last 3 years. Traveling to and competing at several different ninja facilities around the country; he has gained skills and knowledge working towards his ultimate goal of becoming the next American Ninja Warrior!
Jennifer is a ninja coach for all ages and runs Sinai Samurai Team. She has had many sports that helped her get to the level she is at. In high school she focused on pole vaulting, long jumping, the mile, soccer, and color guard. Although, throughout and after high school she has been training for American Ninja Warrior for the last 3 years. Competing and traveling to many different ninja gyms around the United States, she would love to use her experience to bring you or your children to the next level with ninja!
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.