Meet Our Coaches

coach¹ /kŌCH/ – noun

1. Someone who helps people go from where they are to where they want to be.

Chris Braden

Coach
  • B.S. - Human Nutrition
    (Texas A&M University)
  • M.Ed. - Exercise Physiology, Sports Science & Nutrition
    (The University of Texas at Austin)
  • FAFS - Fellow of Applied Functional Science
    (Gray Institute)
  • 10 Years at T4TG

Chris joined the team having spent four years as the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for Men’s Basketball at Texas Tech University. As part of the Texas Tech Basketball staff Chris coached for the legendary and 2nd all time winningest coach in Division I College Basketball history, Bob Knight as…Read More

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Josh Ryan

Coach
  • B.S. - Kinesiology
    (The University of Texas at Austin)
  • 17 Years with T4TG

Josh started his mentorship as a future coach during his under- graduate work at the University of Texas, namely his time spent with the University of Texas men’s and women’s basketball programs under the supervision of the strength and conditioning coach, Todd Wright. During his time their, he worked with…Read More

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Jessica Vaiana

Coach
  • B.S. - Biology & Kinesiology
    (The University of Texas at Austin)
  • M.Ed. - Exercise Physiology
    (The University of Texas at Austin)
  • 15 Years with T4TG

Upon graduating for the first time from the University Texas and on her way to medical school, Jessica accepted an invitation from Logan Schwartz, currently assistant strength and conditioning coach for University of Texas men’s basketball, to intern at Train 4 The Game. From the beginning Jessica could tell that…Read More

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Kassie Budzik

Coach
  • B.S. - Kinesiology
    (The University of Texas at Austin)
  • 8 Years with T4TG

Following her love for athletics, Kassie has dedicated her career to helping people get fit, be healthy, and stay active. Her passion led her to The University of Texas at Austin where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology Exercise Science and a minor in Nutrition. During her first…Read More

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Emilio Ramirez

Coach
  • B.S. Exercise & Sports Science
    (Texas State University)
  • 7 Years with T4TG

Emilio’s passion for fitness and injury prevention began in high school when he noticed multiple teammates suffered injuries that could have been prevented. Emilio was first invited to intern at Train 4 The Game in the Fall of 2015. Upon completion of his internship, Emilio was brought on board as…Read More

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Greg Laird

Coach
  • B.A. Biology
    (The University of Texas at Austin)
  • FAFS - Fellow of Applied Functional Science
    (Gray Institute)
  • 7 Years with T4TG

Greg graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Biology with high honors. Shortly after graduating, he realized that his true passion resided in the ability to help others achieve a state of well being through movement and exercise. His approach and philosophy resides…Read More

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Mike Gandara

Coach
  • B.S. Exercise & Sports Science
    (Texas State University)
  • 6 Years with T4TG

Mike, is a first generation college graduate from El Paso Texas.  He earned his degree from Texas State University after completing an internship at T4TG.  Mike is forward looking and determined to help people reach their best quality of life through training and forming great relationships. Mike has gained a…Read More

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Kevin Benford

Coach
  • B.S - Exercise & Sports Science
    (Texas State University)
  • 3 Years with T4TG

Kevin began his education as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist in 2008 when he received hiscertificate in personal training from the National Strength & Conditioning Association. In 2015, he earned his certification with USA Track & Field as a Level 2 Sprints and Jumps coach.  He has been able to help elevate multiple athletes…Read More

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Khalil Wright

Coach
  • B.S - Applied Movement Science
    (The University of Texas at Austin)
  • 3 Years with T4TG

Khalil’s fascination with training began after helping friends and family with their weight reduction goals.  He embarked upon an internship at T4TG in the Spring of 2019, and after primarily working with youth athletes, was hired as an Assistant Coach in January of 2020. Known for his unique positive energy,…Read More

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Luis Lopez

Coach
  • B.S Exercise and Sports Science
    (Texas State University)
  • 2 Years with T4TG

Luis developed a passion for health and fitness through years of athletics, namely ice hockey. That led him to pursue a degree in Exercise and Sports Science at Texas State University, where he captained the ice hockey team. Upon graduation, Luis was invited to intern at Train 4 The Game…Read More

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Dylan Sternitzky

Assistant Coach
  • B.S - Exercise Science
    (The University of Texas)
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