MEET OUR COACHES

Mac james

Lead Coach Gryphons Performance Academy & Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach | Guelph Gryphons

Mac joined the Gryphons Strength and Conditioning team in 2014 as an intern and has since became the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach and Lead Coach for the Gryphons Performance Academy starting in 2016.
 
Mac comes to Guelph with experience across many sports as a coach, trainer, and athlete. While
studying at University of Guelph-Humber working towards a BASc. Kinesiology and a Diploma in Fitness and Health, Mac discovered a passion for athletic development. This led to various strength and conditioning internships and jobs in the private sector learning from some of the top coaches in the industry. Mac currently has helped athletes of all levels from youth, high school, OHL, CIS, CCAA, NCAA, national and professional level.  

 
Mac has played basketball his entire life, finishing his competitive career playing for the Humber Hawks (OCAA), where he was a part of a Provincial Gold and National Bronze winning team. Mac holds the NSCA-CSCS (Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist) certification. 

Josh Ford

Head Strength & Conditioning Coach | Guelph Gryphons

Josh received a Specialized Honours Degree in Kinesiology & Health Science from York University where he worked as a Student-Assistant S&C Coach. During this time he sought out opportunities to learn from the best which led him to an internship at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning outside of Boston and a mentorship with Todd Wright with the University of Texas Men’s Basketball program. From there he worked as a strength coach with the Stouffville Spirit Junior Hockey Club, was part of an OFSAA Championship with the Eastern Commerce Collegiate Saints Basketball program and spent a season and a half with Ryerson Men’s Basketball. Josh has also served as a Strength Coach for Canada Basketball's Men's Programs for the past 5 years. 
 
More recently Josh spent time in the NCAA making a stop at the University of Evansville before moving on to become Assistant Director of Basketball Performance at the University of Maryland. There he was fortunate to win an ACC Championship and go to an Elite 8 with the Women’s Basketball program. Prior to joining the Gryphons Josh spent a year with the McMaster Marauders working with the Volleyball and Basketball teams. 
 
Josh holds the following certifications: CSCS from the National Strength & Conditioning Association, Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach, FMS Level 1, Bioforce Certified Conditioning Coach. 

Student Coaches

Serra Henderson 

Program: 

Human Kinetics & Neuroscience 

Year: 3 

Favourite Hobby:  

Soccer 

Quote: 

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start in order to be great.” 

Sonia Cazzola

Program: 

Human Kinetics  

Year:

Favourite Hobby:  

Walking and running with my dog  

Quote: 

“Pursue passion and excellence in everything you do.”  

Dianne Priamo (Deeds)

Program: 

Human Kinetics  

Year: 2 

Favourite Hobby:  

Baking 

Quote: 

"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take" - Wayne Gretzky" - Michael Scott  

Matthieu Kim

Program: 

Honors Psychology 

Year: 3

Favourite Hobby:  

Basketball

Quote: 

"The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today” - H. Jackson Brown Jr. 

April Wright

Program:

Human Kinetics

Year: 4

Favourite Hobby:  

Rugby

Quote: 

"Never stop improving"

Alana Freitag

Program:

Applied Human Nutrition​

Year: 4

Favourite Hobby:  

 Going to the gym (boring I know) or

going to the beach and cooking! 

Quote: 

"When life gets blurry, adjust your focus”

JUSTIN MAYO

Program: 

UofG Alumni (Political Science)

Year: N/A

Favourite Hobby:  

Hockey

Quote: 

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication"

Mitch King

Food, Agriculture and Resource Economics

Program: Year: 5

Favourite Hobby:  

 Rugby 

Quote: 

"There is absolutely no replacement for hard work!"

jordan shannicK

Program:

Human Kinetics

Year: N/A

Favourite Hobby:  

 Powerlifting

Quote:

"Let him that would move the world first move himself" - Socrates

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Phone: 519-824-4120 ex. 53305

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