Coaching Staff

At PSC, we pride ourselves in our experienced coaching staff.

Mike Caza

Owner/Performance Director

Mike Caza is recognized as a leader in the field of Strength & Conditioning, Functional training and general fitness.  He currently spends his time teaching, training and managing PSC.  In 2004, Mike founded Premier Sport Conditioning & Fitness to help both athletes and adults learn proper training methods to perform at their best.  Today, PSC has become one of the top training facilties in the Midwest and has been influential in the development of over 15,000 individuals.

Prior to starting PSC, Mike was an accomplished Olympic level track athlete having competed across the world on 4 different continents in various international competitions.  While at Kent State, Mike graduated with a degree in Exercise Science and went on to become Male Athlete of the Year in 1998 and earned All-American status in 1997. In 2005, Mike was the Head Strength & Conditioning coach for the Cleveland Force professional soccer team and has consulted and trained athletes from various organizations including the NFL, MLS, MLB, NHL, IBL and at every local college, high school and middle school in Northeast Ohio.

Mike has been a featured speaker at numerous Strength & Conditioning events and to many local businesses in the areas of Functional training, Sport Specific Conditioning and General Fitness training.  Mike has written articles for Men’s Health, Volleyball Magazine and Women’s Basketball to name a few.  Mike enjoys reading, golfing and spending time with his wife Kerry and their twins Madison and Michael.

 

Ryan Bliss

Strength & Conditioning Coach

Ryan graduated in 2015 with a Bachelors degree in Neuroscience from Oberlin College located in Oberlin, OH. Ryan is certified through the International Sports Science Association (ISSA), United States Weight Lifting (USAWL), Athletes Acceleration (CWPC and CSAC) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (CSCS). While studying at Oberlin, Ryan played varsity baseball and earned an All NCAC selection in 2014 and All NCAC Tournament selection in 2015, the same season Oberlin won it’s first conference championship in school history. In his free time Ryan enjoys spending time with his family, watching his youngest brother play for his alma mater Wellington High School, watching the Cleveland Indians, listening to audiobooks, and hanging out with his one year old boxer mix puppy Achilles.

Lenny Karpinski

Strength & Conditioning Coach

Lenny earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio in 2013. In May of 2016, Lenny earned his Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. In addition to educational experience, Lenny completed his Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification in 2014 and his Olympic weightlifting certification (USAW-1) from the USA Weightlifting Association in 2013.

Prior to coaching at Premier Sport Conditioning, Lenny served as an assistant Strength & Conditioning coach for one year at Speed Strength Systems in Chesterland, Ohio under the mentorship of head coach and owner Tim Robertson. In 2014, Lenny was a Strength & Conditioning intern at Kent State University for one year under the guidance of Head Strength & Conditioning coach Bob Lemeiux. Prior to Kent State, Lenny’s beginning experience started in 2013 at Cleveland State for over a year under the supervision of Head Strength & Conditioning coach Tim Bilbrey.

Before entering the Strength & Conditioning profession, Lenny served 5 years of active duty service in the U.S. Army. After completing Army Infantry Training at Fort Benning, Georgia in 2003, he served in the Army’s 10th Mountain Division in Fort Drum, New York and deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005-2006.

Tyler Abels

Strength & Conditioning Coach

Tyler Abels graduated from Notre Dame College in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a concentration in Exercise Science, as well as minors in Coaching and Health Education.  While at Notre Dame College, Tyler excelled in both Soccer and Track and Field, where he was an all-conference runner in the 110m and 400m hurdle events.  Currently, he holds a certification in personal training through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and is studying to earn his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). In his spare time, Coach Tyler enjoys running, playing soccer, taking road trips to see family and friends, and enjoying the outdoors.

 

Stephanie Madden

Strength & Conditioning Coach

Stephanie graduated from Walsh University in North Canton, OH in 2001. Shortly after, she moved to Chicago where she worked in a financial firm for 10 years. After years of running and attending group fitness classes, she started working with a her own personal trainer 6 years ago.

Everything changed when she was educated by her trainer about strength training and taking a progressive approach to workouts. The implementation of structured program design coupled with tweaks to nutrition resulted in total physical transformation.

Inspired by the positive experience from working with a trainer, Stephanie decided she wanted to become a trainer too. After years of being dissatisfied working in the corporate world, Stephanie decided to trade in her finance job for a career in guiding others down a path of fitness and health.

With 5 years of personal training experience and continued education, Stephanie caters to a variety of fitness levels and goals. Whether you’re a novice or a lifelong athlete, or if want to alter body composition, improve race time, lose fat, reduce back pain, move better, or achieve general health and wellness, she can educate you and help you achieve your goals.

After growing up in Northeast Ohio and then living in Chicago for the last 15 years, she’s excited to be back in Northeast Ohio continuing a career in fitness.

 

Nic Saluppo

Strength & Conditioning Coach

Nic Saluppo earned his B.A. in Exercise Science from the University of Mount Union and is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer.  Nic has 11 years’ experience training clients in the areas of athletic performance, weight loss, and helping aching bodies feel better. From elite athletes such as NFL star Pierre Garcon, to 88 year old beginners, Nic blends scientific research with artful application of physiological principles to create an experience that deeply resonates with your specific needs. Nic was the Strength Coach for the 2015 NCAA DIII national champion Mount Union football program, and himself a 3x NCAA all-American track and field athlete.