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Oakland Center
9030 State Route 108
Columbia, Md, 21045
(410) 715-3700
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Meet Our Coaches
Matt McManus- Owner
Matt McManus has over ten years of experience as a strength and conditioning coach, including five at the Division 1 college level. Before coming to Axis he was an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Maryland, where he oversaw the strength and conditioning programs for women’s soccer, softball, and women’s tennis while assisting with men’s lacrosse and volleyball.

Before coming to Maryland Matt worked at the University of Michigan for a year, where he assisted with all of the Wolverines' 27 Olympic Sports.

Prior to Michigan, he worked as a Graduate Assistant Strength Coach at Utah State University and as an intern at Arizona State. At Utah State he designed and implemented programs for men's and women's track and field, cross country, women's soccer, gymnastics, and golf, while assisting with football, men's and women's basketball, softball, and volleyball.

Throughout his career Matt has worked with numerous All-Conference and All-American athletes, as well as notable professional athletes James Harden, Trey Burke, Nik Stauskas, Tim Hardaway Jr., Bobby Wagner, and Robert Turbin. He received his Bachelor's degree in Movement Science from Michigan in 2008 and his Master's in Health and Human Movement from Utah State in 2010. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA and a Level 1 Sports Performance Coach through USA Weightlifting. Matt has also competed in powerlifting and weightlifting since 2007. He placed first at the USA Powerlifting Arizona State Championships in 2008 and the American Powerlifting Federation Utah State Championships in 2010 and is the former USAPL junior state record holder in the squat in Michigan. 
Riley Fritts- Performance Coach, Director of Nutrition
​Riley Fritts, a 2006 Centennial High School graduate, is in his third year as a coach as Axis. While at Centennial, Riley played football and basketball, earning All-Conference honors. 

After graduation, Riley went on to play football at Salisbury University. While splitting time at linebacker and defensive end he earned multiple conference player of the week awards, along with All-Conference and All-American honors during his senior year. 

Before working at Axis, Riley trained at Axis for almost a decade. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA and an Advanced Sports and Exercise Nutrition Advisor through The Health Sciences Academy. With his certification and expertise in nutrition, Riley offers one on one nutrition consultations and monthly nutrition programs based on clients' goals.
Any performance coach you work with at Axis has the following minimum qualifications:

      - Industry related bachelor's or master's degree or a history of strength and conditioning experience
      - NSCA Strength & Conditioning Certification or equivalent advanced strength and conditioning certification 
      - Supervised training under Axis coaching staff, regardless of experience level, to ensure quality coaching      
        behavior, ability to scale workouts safely to youth athletes, and ability to connect with and motivate athletes.
Jon Rohrbaugh- Performance Coach
Jon Rohrbaugh joined the Axis coaching staff in 2015 after nearly ten years as an Axis athlete. Jon graduated from Howard High school in 2007 where he played football and was a thrower for the Track and Field team.

After high school, Jon went on to Penn State University and walked on to the football team. He became a two year starter at long snapper under Coach Joe Paterno and was awarded the 2011 Outstanding Walk-on Award given to the player who exemplifies total commitment, loyalty, hard work and courage. After graduation, Jon was elected to the 2012 NLFPA Collegiate Bowl All-Star game and began pursuing his dream of making it to the NFL. Jon continues to train at Axis in hopes of fulfilling his NFL aspirations.  

Jon graduated from Penn State in 2012 with a Minor in Kinesiology and is currently pursuing Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification through the NSCA.

James Rooths- Performance Coach
Patrick Blackmon- Performance Coach
James Rooths is in his second stint and seventh year overall at Axis. He has a wealth of experience as a strength and conditioning coach at both the college and professional level, including a year as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Baltimore Ravens in 2012, where he won a Super Bowl ring. 

A graduate of Shepherd University, James was a four year starter at cornerback for the Rams. While in college he was a National Strength and Conditioning Association All-American and still holds the NCAA record for punt return touchdowns in both a season and a career.

After graduating with a degree in Sport Management in 2008 James played professionally for the New York Jets, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

James is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA and is currently pursuing his Master's Degree in Physical Education.
Kortney Dwyer- Performance Coach
Kortney Dwyer is a former Axis athlete in her first year as a coach at Axis. She graduated from Reservoir High School in 2008 and played collegiate lacrosse at Towson University, where she graduated in 2012.

Kortney is a Certified Sports Performance Coach through USA Weightlifting and is currently applying to physical therapy schools while splitting time working at both Axis and Catalyst Physical Therapy. She brings a wealth of experience working with both athletes and adults and her physical therapy background helps her modify workouts based on injury and limitations. Kortney currently oversees the adult programs as Axis.
Jason Nunn- Owner, Head Physical Therapist
Jason is the owner of Catalyst Physical Therapy and specializes in sports rehabilitation and post-rehabilitation personal training. He has a special interest, and years of experience, in working with injured athletes of all ages and skill levels (youth, high school, college, and professional). Over the last ten years, Jason has served as a physical therapist for the Washington Capitals Ice Hockey Club, Bowie State University, and Howard County Public Schools. ​Although capable of treating any orthopedic patient, Catalyst specializes in the treatment of active individuals and athletes. Jason utilizes his strength and conditioning background to offer post-rehabilitation personal training, sports performance, and injury prevention programs to his clients.

Jason is an alumnus of the University of Maryland at Baltimore where he earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2005. He graduated with a clinical concentration in manual therapy and sports rehabilitation. Jason received a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from Frostburg State University in 2001. Jason is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA and is a national level men's physique competitor in the NPC, the largest amateur bodybuilding organization in the United States. He is currently working toward his pro card and finished sixth at the 2015 North American Championships.
Patrick Blackmon has been with Axis for over ten years, starting out as an athlete and now a coach. He graduated from Long Reach High School in 2009, where he played football and ran track. He earned All-County and Honorable Mention All-State honors in football and was a member of the 4x100 meter relay team that placed 3rd in the state his junior year.

After high school, Pat went on to Towson University, where majored in Sport Management and minored in Business Administration. While at Towson Pat completed a six month internship at Axis, learning under current owner Matt McManus. This experience further fueled his passion in the health and fitness industry. After graduating from Towson in 2014, he became a certified personal trainer, training clients at local health clubs around the Howard County area.

Pat rejoined Axis in November 2015 and is a certified USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach and American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer.

Sarah Samad is a former Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Maryland, where she worked with gymnastics, volleyball, and women's lacrosse. Before Maryland, Sarah was an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Virginia Tech University for three years and served as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at VMI for one year. She is currently the Director of Personal Training at VIDA Fitness in Washington DC. 

Sarah graduated with a bachelor's degree in exercise science from Virginia Tech in 2008 and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA and a Level 1 Sports Performance Coach through USA Weightlifting. She has also competed in figure, powerlifting, and weightlifting competitions and is a USA Weightlifting referee.
Sarah Samad- Performance Coach