Level 3 Coach
USA Weightlifting Level 2
USA Track and Field Level 1

About Dean

As the Founding Coach of Black Sheep, Dean started from humble beginnings cleaning equipment as a gym attendant. Since then Dean’s relentless passion for fitness and exercise science has led him to be part of starting and managing several gyms in the capital district, and developing, training and consulting other coaches. He also publicly speaks and writes on topics such as leadership, business, and the science of exercise and athlete development. He still stays true to his roots coaching athletes daily, both in groups and individuals. His resume of athletes is broad ranging from college basketball, minor league baseball, Olympic style weightlifting, CrossFit Games and Regional athletes, remote athletes and several hailing from BLACK SHEEP itself!

Athletic Achievements

USAW American Open Finals – Individual Coach (2017)
Granite Games – teamBLACKSHEEP Coach (2017)
USAW Under 25 Nationals – Two Individual Qualifiers’ Coach (2017
Wodapalooza – Individual Qualifier Coach (2017)
USAW American Open – Individual Coach (2016)
Granite Games – teamBLACKSHEEP Coach (2016)
CrossFit Games Northeast Regionals – Individual Competitors Coach (2014)
2nd Place – Fall Face Off – CrossFit Competition (2014)
1st place- Albany Strength Weightlifting Open 85kg (2014)
3rd place - Niagra District Weightlifting Championship 77kg (2013)
CrossFit Games Northeast Regionals – Team Coach (2013)
CrossFit Games Northeast Regionals – Team Coach (2012)
North Face Endurance Challenge 50K (2010)
Collegiate Athlete (Basketball track & Field) (2007-2008)


United States Army – Recognition of Contribution Award, Albany NY
Awarded Coach of the Quarter (2 consecutive times), Colonie NY
Awarded top trainer of upstate New York (2 times), Guilderland NY
Basketball Assistant Coach, Latham NY

Education and Certifications

B.S. Business Sports Management - The College of Saint Rose (2011)

CrossFit Level 3 Trainer (CCFT) (2017)
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (2016)
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (2010)
CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Level 1 (2012)
CrossFit Powerlifting Course (2012)
CrossFit Strongman Course (2013)
CrossFit Aerobic Capacity (2017)
CrossFit Goal Setting Course (2012)
CrossFit Anatomy Course (2017)
CrossFit Mobility Course (2012)
CrossFit Judges Course (2017)
CrossFit Spot the Flaw Course (2017)
USAW: Level 2 Advanced Sports Performance Coach (2017)
USAW: Level 1 Sports Performance Coach (2014)
USAW: Club Coach (2014)
USATF (Track and Field): Level 1 Coach (2017)
USATF: Basic Principles of Endurance Training (2017)
NSCA: New York State Clinic (2017)
NSCA: Strength and Conditioning Symposium (2015)
AFAA: Certified Personal Trainer (2007)
AFAA: Nutrition (2009)
AFAA: Senior Fitness (2009)
AFAA: Exercise Science (2009)
OPEX: CCP Level 1
OPEX: Principles of Program Design (2016)
OPEX: Business of Coaching (2017)
OPEX: Training on the Flywheel Bike (2017)
StrongFit Seminar (Julien Pineau) (2017)
Hardstyle Kettlebell Certified (HKC) Trainer (2010)
Attitude Nation - Weightlifting Seminar (2013)

CPR Certified (current)

National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Member (2013)
United States of America Weightlifting (USAW) Member (2014)
United States of America Track and Field (USATF) Member (2017)