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Oakland Center
9030 Maryland Rt. 108
Columbia, Md, 21045
(410) 715-3700
Meet Our Coaches
Kris Rutkowski- Co-Owner
Kris Rutkowski helped her husband, Chuck, start AXIS in 2003. Kris has been training and teaching yoga for over 10 years. She grew up in upstate New York and has always loved to be active, especially outdoors. Kris has actively participated in gymnastics, softball, basketball, soccer, running, skiing, mountain biking, tennis, golf, snowboarding, and now ice hockey throughout the years.

Kris walked onto the NCAA Division II LeMoyne College soccer team after only two years of high school soccer experience. She completed several full marathons, plus a “rim to rim to rim” run across the Grand Canyon (down, across, up, and back the next day) for a total of about 50 miles over the course of two 6 hour trips. Currently Kris plays ice hockey year-round as her primary sport of choice.

​Kris is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA, a Certified Personal Trainer through NSPA, and an ISSA Specialist in Performance Nutrition. She is also a certified pilates instructor, spinning instructor, and has taught over 400 hours of yoga.

She currently incorporates all this experience into her AXIS workouts and oversees the adult class programming. 
Matt McManus- Director of Sports Performance
Matt McManus has over five years of experience as a strength and conditioning coach at the college level. He was most recently 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 University. 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 several NBA and NFL draft picks. Matt 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 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. 
James Rooths- Performance Coach
Riley Fritts- Performance Coach
​Riley Fritts graduated from Centennial High School in 2006. While at Centennial, he 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. 

Before working at AXIS, Riley trained at AXIS for almost a decade. During the school year Riley is a full-time teacher at Jeffers Hill Elementary School in Howard County. 
James Rooths is in his second stint with AXIS, having spent 2013 with the Baltimore Ravens, where he won a Super Bowl ring as a member of the strength and conditioning staff. 

James initially joined AXIS in October 2007. Prior to that he served as an Assistant Defensive Backs and Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe.

A graduate of Shepherd University, James was a four-year starter on the football team. He holds NCAA all-division records for most punt return touchdowns in a season and a career. During his career he was named National Strength and Conditioning Association Athlete of the Year and was inducted into the Shepherd University Athletics Hall of Fame for his contributions to the football program. After a stellar collegiate football career, James went on to play professional football for the New York Jets, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He also played for the Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe.

In his spare time James enjoys getting after it in the weight room and in some serious sprint workouts as well as spending time with his two children and his wife, Emily. 
Any performance coach you work with at AXIS has the following MINIMUM qualifications: (Coaches for adults may have a different set of credentials in accordance with the unique needs of that population)

      - 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 
      - Experience working with collegiate and/or professional athletes (males, females, multiple sports)
      - Supervised training under AXIS coaching staff, regardless of experience level, to ensure quality coaching      
        behavior, ability to scale work safely to youth athletes, and ability to connect with and motivate athletes