9030 State Route 108
Columbia, Md, 21045
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, Bobby Wagner, Tim Hardaway Jr., Glenn Robinson III, Trey Burke, and Nik Stauskas. 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- Assistant 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 meal plans 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- Assistant 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.
Patrick Blackmon- Assistant Coach
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. 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. In 2016 Pat earned his Level 1 Sport Performance Coach certification from USA Weightlifting.
Pat rejoined Axis in November 2015 and is a certified USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach and American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer.
Adam Shick attended Lutheran West High School in Ohio where he was a senior football captain, First-Team All-Conference, and Offensive Lineman of the Year. After high school, Adam attended Grove City College, where he majored in Exercise Science and played tight end for the football team. He is certified as a Strength and Conditioning specialist through the NSCA and certified as a sport performance coach through USA Weightlifting.
Adam worked at T3 Performance in Ohio prior to joining Axis. He brings a wealth of knowledge of technical speed and agility progression as well as experience coaching the Olympic lifts and helping athletes to develop the strength needed for various sports.
Adam Shick- Director of Strength and Conditioning