ECC ATHLETES

 

WHAT IS THE EXPRESS ATHLETIC CENTER?

The Express Athletic Center (“The Express”) is a 22,000 square foot indoor facility that specializes in making sure every person that comes through our doors enjoys everything that sports and fitness have to offer.  Our full-size basketball court equipped with 6 hoops, weight room, turf area with baseball/softball tunnels, on-site physical therapist, professional golf instruction, strength and conditioning coordinator, and in house apparel company makes us the most complete sports facility in the area.  With something for everyone, The Express offers the very best in space, training, and fun for athletes of all shapes and sizes.​​

MEET THE TEAM

 

Outstanding athletes don’t always make the best coaches and trainers. This is a critical consideration in selecting our TEAC team. It takes a special commitment, experience and dedication to developing others. We are pleased to introduce our team.

Mike Murray Jr.

Baseball

Mike Murray Jr. is our Director of Baseball.  Mike has a demonstrated track record of success in managing and running a profitable baseball program.  Mike has four years’ experience as Baseball Director and GM for a local sports academy where he has generated a six-figure profit in just his baseball program alone over the last three years.  Mike has also worked for Excel Sports Management and the MLB Commissioner’s Office and has a combination of sports-business experience and playing credentials that are unrivaled in the local sports facility business.  Mike’s key relationships with local schools, entities, and community leaders will provide an immediate boon to our program at The Express. 

Some of Mike’s Statistics:

• Wake Forest University Captain 2007-2010

• Cape Cod League All-Star game starter and All-League selection

• Two-time Johnny Bench Award semifinalist for nation’s top Division I catcher

• San Francisco Giants 2010-2012

• Northwest League All-Star (2011) and All-League unanimous selection 

• .326 career hitter in professional baseball

Joe Norton

Basketball

We are excited to have Joe and his focus on growing The Express Basketball program!  His mission is “ to empower young men and women…..through basketball” . He does so through a relentless focus on work ethic, leadership and personal growth. His passion for basketball led him to leave his corporate career behind in 2016 and focus full time on the development of our young student athletes. “I consider myself to be a lifelong learner in all my endeavors, especially basketball, from the X’s and O’s of coaching games, to individual skill development. I am grateful that the knowledge and principles I have acquired and embraced have given me the opportunity to now use basketball to positively impact young men and women while continuing my  commitment to be of service to the communities in which I live and work.”

  • Current Varsity Assistant Boys Basketball Coach at St. Joseph Metuchen High School

  • 2017-8  St Joseph Metuchen Boys Basketball:   23-5 record, GMC Conference Champion, GMC Tournament Champions, Non Pub A State Sectional Finalists 

  • Built EXPRESS AAU program to 9 Boys and girls teams in first season as BASKETBALL DIRECTOR at The  Express

  • Owner/Operator of Basketball Solutions, a unique Basketball Training business focusing on the combination of skills, game applications and character.

  • Individually trained players ranging from Youth to HS, College and NBA since 2006

  • National Federation of High School Coaches Basketball Certification

  • American Interscholastic Certification in Basketball

  • NJSIAA certification

  • Additional NFHS certifications: Sportsmanship, CPR, First Aid, Concussion and Heat Illness prevention

  • 12 years coaching youth basketball grades 4 through 8

  • Division 1 Scholarship athlete in Baseball at Rutgers University

Dr. Greg Chiang DPT

Physical Therapy/Volleyball

We are fortunate to have Dr. Gregory Chiang DPT, who specializes in Sports Performance physical therapy and runs his practice out of our facility.  “Dr. Greg” also oversees several volleyball programs at The Express as well.

Charlie Riechers

On-Site Speed, Strength and Agility Training Center

On-Site speed, strength, and agility training has helped coaches and teams from all sports improve their game, increase their record, and prepare for success!

Corinne Varhley

Field Hockey

Westfield High School Freshman Coach • 10+ years Field Hockey Coaching Experience (Beginner to Varsity Level) • 10 years of teaching Physical Education & Health • Division III Field Hockey collegiate athlete

Kathy LaMastra

Director of Business Development, Partner

Kathy will join The Express Team serving many roles with a primary focus on Sales and Marketing.  Kathy's career spans 25+ years of Corporate Communications and Event Management experience.   In high school, Kathy was a three-sport varsity athlete (volleyball/basketball/softball) and enjoyed coaching the younger athletes.  She still enjoys being active by participating in triathlons.  She embraces the spirit of volunteerism and is very active in her community, serving on the local PTSO board. 

Our Customer Base

Our customer base ranges from first graders to retirees working to continue their fitness focus.  We are focused on making The Express a great experience for the whole family.

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