Owner, NISF and HITS Batting Cages
Mike is a graduate of Bloomfield High School and Seton Hall University where he holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration, Finance & Accounting. His graduate degree is in Exercise Physiology. Mike is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) which is the highest certification in the field. He is an ISSA Certified Sports Nutritionist and a 10-year Certified Youth Sport Coach.
During high school, Mike’s two passions were baseball and football at which he excelled in both. In 1983, he was the recipient of the Scholar Athlete Award and Brian Piccolo Award for Outstanding Athletic Ability & Sportsmanship from the Bloomfield Chapter Unico National. He is also a member of the Essex County National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame.
His freshman year at BHS, he led the league in batting and won the BHS batting title and MVP award. As a senior, he was an All State/All League/All County pitcher and had the lowest ERA in the league. He was recruited by Seton Hall University and played Division 1 and semi-pro until an elbow injury ended his career.
Mike’s passion for sport & fitness continued and led him to train and compete in natural body-building shows where he placed third out of 18 in his weight class in the 1987 American Natural Bodybuilding Conference, Inc.
Over the past 30 years, Mike has studied, developed, instituted and taught proper technique and form in weight training, conditioning and endurance in fitness and sport. While this led to many opportunities to coach at high school and collegiate levels, Mike was instead inspired to open his own business. He opened his first location in 1998 in West Caldwell, Life Care-Personal Health Maintenance & Nutrition. While this facility specialized in adult fitness, Mike’s desire to work with youth athletes was the driving force in relocating to his new facility in Cedar Grove in 2004 where he was able to accomplish both. The testimonials and referrals from his clientele have taken his business to new and unending heights.
Mike has coached baseball and football at the junior level in Caldwell and ran the Caldwell Jr. Chiefs Flag Football Program for 6 years. Mike has trained, instructed and coached recreation, travel, and elite competitive baseball teams with championship status. Mike also is the founder and President of the Blue Devils Baseball Club in Caldwell/West Caldwell and the Hitmen Baseball Club at NISF. Mike served on the Board of Directors of the Caldwells Athletic Club for five years and held the position of Vice President. Currently, Mike is also the Athletic Director for Trinity Academy in Caldwell. In November of 2015, Mike grand opened HITS Batting Cages in West Caldwell.
Thankful for the support of his clients and the community, Mike continues to show his appreciation by volunteering his time, expertise, facility and sponsorships to help local efforts in the West Essex area.