Our Team


Performance Director  MS, CSCS, LATC mcinelli@catzsports.com

Mark A. Cinelli is the Regional Director of Sports Performance for CATZ located in Needham. The Competitive Athlete Training Zone is a Sports Performance Training Facility that helps people of all ages and abilities realize their athletic potential. He is currently serving as the Head Sports Performance Coach for the both the Boston Cannons (MLL) and the Boston Breakers (WPS).

Mark began his career with the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League. Following his stint with the Falcons, Mark was hired by the Pittsburgh Pirates organization to work as the head strength coach for one of their minor league affiliates (Hickory Crawdads). He subsequently accepted a position as the Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for the San Diego Padres. In this role, Mark managed the strength and conditioning program for all six minor league affiliates within the Padres organization.

Mark has has coached athletes from major league baseball, soccer to the NBA and US Women.s pro tennis. Currently, Mark is on the Board of Advisors for the Sports Science department, as well as an Adjunct Professor in the Sports Science Department at Lasell College (Newton, Ma.) where he teaches the Essentials of Strength and Conditioning. He also serves on the Board of Advisors for New England Sports Partners, a baseball specific sports performance training organization. His expertise is in athletic sports performance enhancement and injury prevention and management. Mark is also a regular contributor to Our Game Magazine.

Mark received his BS in Athletic Training from Salem State College and MS in Sports Medicine and Injury Prevention and Management from Springfield College. He is a licensed/certified Athletic Trainer and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Certified Combine 360 Trainer, as well as a Certified Nutrition Manager.


Assistant Performance Director USAW-L1  ttrue@catzsports.com

Tracy True comes to CATZ from the University of New Hampshire. A 2007 graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Administration, Tracy returns home having grown up in Westwood. While at UNH, Tracy competed for the Wildcats their Women’s Ice Hockey Team. During her sophomore season the team captured the Hockey East Championship.

In addition to being an athlete at UNH, Tracy joined the Strength and Conditioning Department at the university by working as a strength coach. It was in Durham, NH where Tracy found her passion to help athletes recognize their goals. “Working with athletes to improve their performance on the field, or in the rink is exhilarating for a coach,” said True.

UNH’s Director of Strength and Conditioning Department recognized Tracy’s skills as a coach and her work ethic by assigning her to the Varsity Weight Room. In the Varsity Weight Room Tracy worked exclusively with UNH’s best athletes. As an assistant strength and conditioning coach, Tracy independently developed and implemented strength programs for the Men’s and Women’s Track and Field teams, the Men’s and Women’s Nordic Skiing teams, the Women’s Swimming and Diving team, and the Women’s Varsity and Novice Crew teams. Tracy trained two American East Championship teams, Men’s Cross Country and Women’s Swimming & Diving. Additionally, Tracy assisted the Director and Assistant Head of Strength and Conditioning with implementation of strength programs for the Women’s Field Hockey, Women’s Lacrosse, Men’s Soccer, and Women’s Basketball teams.

Tracy is thrilled to be working at CATZ because it is here that she can follow her passion.


Performance Coach CSCS  abonnette@catzsports.com

Andrew comes to CATZ from Keene State College. An avid sports fan and athlete himself, Andrew graduated from Keene State in 2008 with a Sports Science degree and a concentration in Health Promotion and Fitness.

As an Owl, he excelled in his field and was selected to be one of three students in his class chosen as wellness coordinator and to supervise a team of his peers. Andrew appointed tasks and assisted his peers in the field of health and wellness and designed training programs for many of the sports teams.

After graduation, Andrew joined the CATZ coaching staff where he had experience training people of all ages and skill levels ranging from youth to professional athletes. As evident of Andrew’s versatility he was appointed the position of strength coach at Babson College where he directed all facets of Babson’s Strength and Conditioning program. Andrew also managed the after school conditioning program at Noble and Greenough School.

Andrew is excited to be a part of the CATZ team and the CATZ community!


Performance Coach  aphillips@catzsports.com



Nutrition Director and Performance Coach MS, CSCS, CNS


Nick SantaBarbara is the Director of Nutrition and a performance coach at CATZ Needham. Nick joined the CATZ staff in 2009 after graduating from Stonehill College in Easton, MA.

Nick began his career working for the San Diego Padres as a strength and conditioning coach in 2009. Nick was initially assigned to the Eugene Emeralds of the Northwest League, and in 2010 was assigned to the Fort Wayne Tincaps of the Midwest League.

Alongside working at CATZ, Nick is an assistant baseball coach at Stonehill College working as the pitching coach and head strength and conditioning coach. He was appointed to this position after pitching for the team from 2003-2008, serving as a captain his senior year.

Nick has worked with a variety of people ranging from college athletes, adults, kids, and  a Diabetes Reversal Group of adults currently at CATZ Needham regarding nutrition and resistance training. Nick specializes in weight loss, weight gain, and sports performance nutrition.

Nick received his Bachelors Degree in Communications from Stonehill College in 2008, and his Masters of Science Degree in Strength and Conditioning from Bridgewater State University in 2011.  Nick is certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) along with being certified as a United States Olympic Weightlifting Coach and Nutrition Manager.


Performance Coach  kstarkey@catzsports.com

Kerrie, originally from Keene, NH, is a graduate of Lasell College in Newton, MA where she received her B.S. in Sports Science and minor in coaching. While at Lasell she played 4 years of NCAA Division 3 softball, serving as a co-captain her senior year.

Kerrie first came to CATZ as an intern through Lasell College in September 2010, and began coaching in January, 2011.


CSCS, PT Aide and Performance Coach

Eric is a graduate of Michigan State University, with a B.A. in Communication. Eric came to CATZ in 2010, joining the Catz Physical Therapy Institute as a rehab aid. Eric is currently working towards getting his Doctorate in Physical Therapy and will be working as a rehab aid until he attends graduate school. Eric also works as a performance coach, teaching classes to all ages and skill levels. Eric is excited to be a part of the CATZ team and the CATZ community!

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