The Skolfield Sports Performance Story

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Our founders

Stan Skolfield founder of Skolfield Sports Performance

Stan Skolfield

Owner, ATC, CSCS

After more than 25 years of experience in the Sports Medicine and Sports Performance industry, my wife, Jenny, and I decided to pursue our passion and start our own business in Sports Performance. After graduating from University of Southern Maine where I pioneered the Athletic Training degree program, I quickly gained certifications as a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) and Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCS). Since then, I have been a leader in the fields of Sports Performance and Athletic Training. In addition to presenting and publishing at the regional and national level consistently throughout my career, I designed and managed the OA Performance Center, one of New England’s first fully integrated Sports Medicine, Physical Therapy, and Sports Performance facilities. Prior to this I was an Athletic Trainer and Strength Coach for the Boston Red Sox, the University of Southern Maine, and in the Cape Cod Baseball League. My true passion is the game of baseball and have specialized in analyzing and correcting throwing mechanics of injured baseball athletes from youth sports all the way up to the professional athlete. My concentration in this area of Sports Medicine has allowed me to help hundreds of athletes rehabilitate from injury, improved their delivery, and throw harder. My love for Sports Medicine, Sports Performance, and coaching led me to create Skolfield Sports Performance, an avenue for aspiring athletes to reach their full potential. I believe a comprehensive approach to sports development is the key to athletic success. My goal is to bring the most complete training experience to our clients. I have been married to my wife Jenny for 20 years, and have two sons Kyle and Casey. I’m an avid outdoorsman and remain active in coaching youth sports.

“My mission is to empower our community’s youth.  I believe that through physical fitness, athletic development, and high personal standards we can shape a brighter future for the next generation and make America the best it has ever been.”

Jenny Skolfield coach at Skolfield Sports Performance

Jenny Skolfield

Owner, MS

After 18 years of working as a leader in one of the largest hospitals and healthcare systems in Maine, I decided to take a step back to spend more time with my family and join my husband, Stan, in pursuing our passion of youth and sports development. Having done everything from program management to strategic planning to financial management and operations, having me run the behind the scenes operations of our business while he designed the training was a good match! I am an accomplished athlete having completed two Boston Marathons and countless triathlons culminating an Ironman finish in Mont Tremblant, Canada. Prior to my triathlon years, I spent my athletic time running, snowboarding, rock climbing and mountain biking. I love an athletic challenge as it pushes me physically, mentally, and emotionally. In addition to my own involvement with our two son’s baseball community and travel sports organizations, I spent countless days and hours around professional baseball players, coaches and administration while Stan pursued his passion of baseball. “One of my passions is using athletics to empower youth and adults to take on the challenges of getting to the next level because only then will they see the amazing things they are capable of doing…physically, mentally and emotionally!

Our coaches

Matt Whalen coach at Skolfield Sports Performance

Matt Whalen

Performance Coach, CSCS, CF-1, CF-2

I attended the University of New England earning a bachelor’s degree in Applied Exercise Science in 2021. Following graduation I completed my NSCA CSCS Certification. While attending UNE, I was a coaching intern at the UNE Strength and Conditioning Facility. Prior to my coaching internship, I earned my CrossFit Level 1 and CrossFit Level 2 certificates and have been instructing group fitness for three years. It brings me great joy and fulfillment to help athletes get to the next level and reach their goals. I’m local to Southern Maine and I played four years of lacrosse at Kennebunk High School. My passion for strength and conditioning originated from training to become better on the lacrosse field. When I am not coaching, I enjoy spending time surfing and snowboarding.

Trevor Therrien coach at Skolfield Sports Performance

Trevor Therrien

Performance Coach, CSCS

I was born in Biddeford, ME, and attended Biddeford High School where I was a three sport athlete. While I was there, I was a senior captain of my football team, played varsity baseball, and wrestled at the varsity level. After graduating I was recruited and attended the University of New England as part of the first ever football team in school history. Unfortunately, I was injured my freshman year and had to have back surgery. This ended my football career so instead I volunteered to help the team as a student-assistant coach. I am now an assistant coach and help the players in the weight room. My interest in strength and conditioning began my freshman year of high school when I started to train in the weight room for sports. Training in my high school’s weight room helped me realize how important it was to get stronger and the impact it had on my performance on the field. This formed a passion for strength and conditioning and led me to pursue this field at UNE. In August of 2021 I received my bachelor’s degree in Applied Exercise Science with a minor in Coaching from the University of New England. During my Senior year I applied for an internship at Skolfield Sports Performance, where I learned about program design and how to train athletes. In the Fall of 2021, I was hired as a Performance Coach and I also continue to work with UNE’s football team on the field and in the weight room. I love this profession and I want to emulate what my strength coaches have done for me and help other athletes achieve their performance goals.

“My mission is to be a life changer, and to improve the character and self-confidence of young athletes through sport and performance training.”

Courtney Sobolewski coach at Skolfield Sports Performance

Courtney Sobolewski

Performance Coach

Born and raised in Derry, New Hampshire, I graduated from Pinkerton Academy as a three-sport athlete with a passion for healthy living and exercise. After high school, I attended Lasell University to pursue my Bachelor of Science degree. During my time in Newton, MA, I was captain of the Division III Lacrosse team where I earned IWLCA Academic honors. In May 2022, I graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Psychology. I decided to go into the field of strength and conditioning because of the impact it has on athletic success in performance. In college, I participated in two rehabilitation science internships, cumulating over 300 hours of work. Here, I learned how to relate classroom work to practical application. It is an honor to be able to apply my passion for science and biomechanics to an athlete’s skillset to test their limits and make them better at their sport. As a true New England native, I love spending time outdoors in all four seasons. I enjoy skiing, hiking, boating, and much more. I can also be found attending Red Sox or Bruins games with friends and family in my free time!

“It is my mission to make the sports performance environment positive, inclusive, and safe, all while continuing to grow myself both professionally and educationally.”

 

Mackenzie Webb

Performance Coach

I grew up in Wells, Maine where I played basketball and soccer. I am currently a senior at the University of New England, majoring in applied exercise science and double minoring in business administration and nutrition.

I first got into lifting weights and working out beyond my sports in high school after taking a weightlifting class, and I was hooked! In 2022, I got my personal training certification through NASM and began training clients on campus and gaining experience coaching. While I enjoyed this a lot, I decided I wanted to focus a bit more on athletes versus the general population, so I spent this past summer interning here at Skolfield Sports Performance and loved every minute of it!

School and work take up most of my time, but when I’m not there, you could probably find me at the beach, reading, going on walks, snowboarding, or caring for my 50+ houseplants.

Julian Connerton

Performance Coach

I am from Egg Harbor City, New Jersey and I attended Cedar Creek High School. I played football and track throughout high school and left with a nice shiny championship football ring. I studied Sport and recreation Management at the University of New England and played Football for the first 2 years until COVID happened and then I made a big switch in athletics. I switched over to MMA and I have never been happier with that decision. I finished up my academic career at UNE in 2022 and Graduated with a degree in Sport and Recreation Management.

Strength and Conditioning has always been a big part of every sport I have participated in for the last 10 years. Once I decided to stop playing football I was around 200 lbs and knew I had to lose weight to be able to compete with other fighters in a weight class where I am at my healthiest. I now fight in the featherweight division (145 lbs). I began to share my knowledge in strength and conditioning with my friends, teammates and family. I obtained this knowledge through many different avenues varying from, personal experience, NFHS, and a bunch of classes that I took at UNE. Being able to not only share this knowledge with the youth but to be surrounded by motivated athletes with dreams and goals gives me complete satisfaction. Simply because I was once that motivated kid with a vision at being a high level athlete.

I now reside in Saco, Maine where I am still competing in MMA and training 6 days out of the week. I enjoy playing video games with my friends from back home in NJ. I play 2k, Rainbow Six Siege, Rocket League, Overwatch and Fortnite. I also enjoy cooking and meal prepping. I forgot one thing… HERE WE GO STEELERS!

Ben Jackson

Performance Coach, CSCS

I am from Bedford, New Hampshire, where I attended Bedford High School and played baseball and football. I graduated in 2018 and proceeded to attend the University of New England, getting my BS in Exercise Science, graduating in 2022.

The reasoning behind my path down strength and conditioning began after I finally decided to make a change in my personal life habits, dropping over 100lb and getting hooked on the fitness lifestyle. While interning in UNE’s strength & conditioning facility, I fell in love with the profession and knew it was the career for me. I’ve held a few jobs since graduating, most notably the assistant strength coach position at UNE. I am CSCS certified and working towards becoming an RSCC. I enjoy working with and coaching athletes simply because I love the process of helping my athletes reach the next level and seeing them grow as both athletes and as people.

I currently live in Portland and am enrolled in my first Masters in Sports Coaching through the University of Denver. I am both an avid snowboarder and golfer, but when I’m not doing one of those you can find me in the weight room or behind the controller of my PlayStation winning the Stanley Cup with the Bruins, since they don’t seem to want to win it in real life. As you may have guessed, my favorite sports team is the Bs, I am also a hardcore Yankees fan, sorry!

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