Owner & Founder
Ryan manages all day to day operations of both River North Strength locations, as well as the Strength Coach duties in St. Louis.
Before starting RNS in November of 2018, Ryan was a coach for nearly three years at Strive Village, a private strength and conditioning facility in the River North neighborhood of Chicago - founded by his former collegiate strength coach. There, Ryan worked with a wide-range of clientele including former athletes, business executives and busy moms.
After Chicago, Ryan and his wife Christy moved back east to Richmond, VA in October of 2018 to live near family & start on the opening of River North Strength.
In the winter of 2020, Ryan and his wife were relocated to the Saint Louis area and opened the newest RNS location in Kirkwood, MO.
Ryan had played five years of NCAA Division I Baseball at the University of Hartford where he was captain for four years. Ryan holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Hartford and a CPT from NSCA.
Ryan and Christy live in Glendale, MO with their black lab Nala.
Director of Training
Collin joined the River North Strength Mechanicsville staff in February of 2020 as a Strength Coach and has since become our Director of Training. He oversees all aspects of our training program, both in our adult and youth athlete populations.
Collin comes to RNS with a diverse background in S&C and related fields. He began his career as a professional intern within the VCU Sports Performance Department where he assisted with the development and implementation of strength and conditioning programs for athletes.
Collin continued his coaching career in the Richmond area with a private company where he had the opportunity to work with a wide range of clientele in both the small group and individualized setting. In addition to coaching, Collin spent over two years working alongside Physical Therapists as an aide assisting in patient rehabilitation.
Collin was a NCAA Division I wrestler for Kent State University where he competed at the 149lb weight class.
Collin holds a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
Collin and his wife Nicolle live in Mechanicsville with their dog Kudu.
Rashad recently joined the RNS team at the beginning of 2021 as our newest Strength Coach.
Originally from Richmond, Rashad went on to have a stellar football career at James Madison University where he was a three-year captain, All-American cornerback, and a part of the 2016 National Championship team.
Rashad graduated in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology, with a concentration of exercise science.
Rashad worked as an intern the summer of 2018 at Drayer Physical Therapy Institute, as well as interning in the JMU weight room the summer and fall of 2019.
Rashad is going to be a familiar face to some - as he has trained with us on and off over the last two years while looking to take his talents to the next level. Rashad hopes to continue his playing career professionally either in the US or abroad.
Matt joined the River North Strength staff in March 2021 after spending the last 5 seasons as a sports performance coach at the University of Maine. During his time there, Matt worked with Men’s Basketball, Women’s Soccer, Baseball, Throwers, and Football.
Before being hired at UMaine, he worked at the University of Kansas where he worked with all
Prior to KU, he received his Masters in Sports Medicine with a concentration in strength and conditioning from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. During his time there he served as the first strength and conditioning coach for the school. While in CO, he also had stints at Colorado College and Front Range Sports Performance.
Before moving to CO, Matt received his Bachelors in Exercise Science with a concentration in strength and conditioning from Appalachian State. During his time at ASU he also interned at Wake Forest University.
He currently holds certifications from the NSCA as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach
(CSCS), Registered Strength & Conditioning Coach (RSCC), and is a USA Weightlifting (USAW)
level 1 coach.
Matt won two state titles in weightlifting and was ranked 16th nationally in 2016. He also competed in powerlifting where he has won multiple meets and holds the Maine State record in the 74kg weight class.
He and his wife, Alex, and son, Maddox, reside in Mechanicsville.