Coach type: Person with addiction and loved one
Coaching since: 2023
I grew up in an abusive household, largely due to my father’s alcohol addiction. I started struggling with alcohol when I went to college. I excelled at football – it was my way out. My problematic drinking was swept under the rug because I was an athlete, but eventually caught up to me. I lost my chance in a potential sports career because of my DUIs. Finally, after court-ordered treatment and other attempts at sobriety, I knew it was time to well. I’ve lost so many friends to suicide and overdose and knew I was on that same path. Today, exercise is a big part of my wellness, but I’m passionate about helping people find what works for them. I want people to know they're only one decision away from a totally different life.
I knew from an early age I wanted to do something with addiction; I wanted to use the trauma I had been through for something good. I’ve had a range of roles in the behavioral field, including a behavioral health technician, sexual assault advocate and addictions counselor trainee. I’m a coach at heart; I still coach professional football in Sioux Falls. I’m very comfortable around people and can establish rapport with almost anyone.
Family addiction, athletics & physical wellness, clinical techniques, childhood trauma, criminal justice & corrections systems
My wife and I love to work out and watch football. Spending time with family, especially after church on Sundays, is huge for us. We love reading together and spending time with our two dogs and three cats.