Our Trainers

Jim Kielbaso MS, CSCS, CADS, CSAS


After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Michigan State University, Jim headed to Ann Arbor to get his Master’s Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Michigan. While in school, Jim worked as an intern in the Strength & Conditioning Program in U-M’s Athletic Department. During that time, he also served as the Strength & Conditioning Coach at Holt High School and worked as a personal trainer at the Michigan Athletic Club in East Lansing. After graduate school, Jim was hired as the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at the University of Detroit Mercy. While at UDM, Jim was a part of numerous league championships and NCAA Tournament appearances in a variety of sports. In addition to coaching responsibilities at the university, he also served as an adjunct faculty member teaching courses in Sports Medicine. After seven years at the university, Jim joined forces with Total Sports Complex to open the Total Performance Training Center in August of 2002.

Jim is also the President of the International Youth Conditioning Association (IYCA.org) where he helps to educate trainers around the world on how to  properly develop young athletes. Jim was the regional Coordinator for the National Strength & Conditioning Association where he organized events and provided support for members of the organization. He has been a featured speaker at clinics and conferences all over the country and abroad and has authored articles in numerous publications. Jim is the author of Speed & Agility Revolution, Ultimate Speed & Agility, several online training programs & certifications, and was contracted by the Michigan High School Athletic Association to develop a strength & conditioning curriculum for their Coaches Advancement Program.  During his career, Jim has trained thousands of athletes including professional football, basketball, and hockey players, Olympic competitors, hundreds of college athletes and too many youth athletes to count. Because of his work preparing football players for the NFL Combine, the University of Michigan Football Program hired him for several years to run their NFL Combine Prep program.

Cole Walderzak BS, HSSCS, CSAS, CSCS
Director of Training – Brighton
Director of Online Training


Cole got his BS in Exercise Science and a minor in Nutrition from Central Michigan University where he was also a 5-year member of the CMU Track & Field Team as a thrower. During his 4 competitive years, Cole won 3 Mid-American Conference Championship titles, broke the CMU hammer record, and qualified for the NCAA Championship meets in 3 of his events. He continues his track and field career currently in the discus and hammer.

At CMU, Cole interned with Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Jason Novak (who is now the Head Football Strength and Conditioning Coach at MSU) before interning at Total Performance Training Center in Wixom, MI with Jim Kielbaso. Throughout the past six years in the metro Detroit area, Cole has trained hundreds of athletes ranging in age from youth to professional. Although his personal athletic background is primarily track and other power sports, he enjoys working with all athletes to help them achieve their goals. Cole continues his education through various certification courses and reading the most up-to-date research.

When Cole is not working he enjoys spending time with his family, training, cooking, and spending as much time outdoors as possible.

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Jake Dalson BS, CSAS, CADS
Youth Performance Director


Jake graduated from Central Michigan University, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science. Jake interned at Total Performance and was so great with athletes that he was hired immediately after graduation. He has experience working with youth, middle school, high school, and college athletes in speed and agility training, as well as strength and conditioning. Jake has gone through the IYCA Certified Athletic Development Specialist certification and leads our Youth Performance Program.

Jake is an original member of the Impact Sports Performance team and is an important part of the day-to-day operations at Impact.  In addition to coaching many of our individualized performance sessions, he also trains teams and assists with our NFL Combine Training program.

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John Dalson
Senior Performance Coach – Novi


John studied at Central Michigan University and graduated with a degree in Exercise Science- Health Fitness. During his final semester as a student at CMU, John interned at the Total Performance Training Center. Upon graduation, John began working as a coach in our speed and agility program as well as a personal trainer with Fitness Revolution. John has worked with athletes at the youth, middle school, high school, and college levels and has experience in training adults in personal training and group fitness settings.

In addition to working with many of our training groups at Impact, John is also a large part of our high school training programs where he works with teams at several schools.  He also does personal training for many highly successful people in the area as well as assisting with our NFL Combine Training program.

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Landin Mitchell MS, CSAS, CSCS
Head Strength & Conditioning Coach – Novi High School


Landin graduated from Wayne state with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology while playing offensive line for the football team. Served as team captain for two years. Received 1st team all GLIAC awards twice, and trained for pro-day at impact with Jim. Landin Graduated with a masters in exercise and sports science from Wayne state where he also worked as a Strength & Conditioning graduate assistant under Reuben Mendoza. Landin is certified by the NSCA with a CSCS certification, and he loves getting the opportunity to push kids to be the best version of themselves and be a positive influence in people’s lives. In his free time, Landin enjoys hunting, fishing, cooking, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

Lucas Mayo MS, CSCS
Head Strength & Conditioning Coach – Brighton High School


Lucas Mayo is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Brighton High School for Impact. He has a wide range of experience from working with youth and collegiate athletes to personal training and group fitness. Lucas is certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. During his undergraduate studies at Michigan State, he became a Certified Personal Trainer (2015), served as Michigan State Club Football’s Strength Coach (2016-2018), and was a Strength and Conditioning Coach at Go M.A.D. Fitness-Canton (2016-2017).

After receiving his bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with minors in Coaching and Health Promotion (2018), he began graduate school at Michigan State. Serving as a Graduate Intern, Lucas worked with the Strength and Conditioning Staff to train Men’s Ice Hockey and Football (2019-2020). Working under four master strength coaches for a year and a half, he was able to gain valuable experience training Division 1 athletes. In August of 2020, Lucas earned his Master’s degree in Sport Coaching and Leadership with a concentration in Strength and Conditioning. Using methods based on research and experience, his mission is to aid in the positive mental and physical development of the athlete or individual over the course of their lifespan.

Jon Braun BS, CSAS, CADS
Senior Performance Coach – Novi


Jon studied at Central Michigan University and graduated with a degree in Exercise Science- Health Fitness. In his last semester as a student at CMU, Jon interned at Impact Sports Performance. After earning his diploma, Jon began working as a coach in our speed and agility program as well as continuing to do personal training. Jon has worked with athletes at all levels and has personal training and group fitness experience.

Many of our athletes refer to Jon as JB, and he works closely with many of the highest-level soccer teams and players in the area.  JB also assists with our NFL Combine Training program and is an important part of the day-to-day operations in Novi.

Jon grew up playing a wide variety of sports with his main sport being soccer. He enjoys helping athletes accomplish their goals and pushing them to be the best they can be. When he’s not training, Jon enjoys reading, fishing, woodworking, cooking, and spending time with his fiance, Lauren, and their dog, Ollie.

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Collin McCracken
Senior Performance Coach – Brighton Impact


Collin is a senior performance coach at our Brighton location and also assists with the Strength & Conditioning Program at Brighton High School.  He graduated from Trine university, with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and minors in Coaching and Sport Psychology. Upon graduation Collin traveled back to his hometown Lansing, Michigan where he became an intern to the MSU football strength staff. After his time at MSU, he was hired on as a coach at Impact. Collin’s passion is to help athletes achieve the best physical and mental version of themselves regardless of sport or skill level. When not at work Collin enjoys spending time with his friends and family.

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Megan Towler BS, CSAS, CADS
Sports Performance Coach – Novi


Megan graduated from Central Michigan University, earning her Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science-Health Fitness. Megan interned at our Novi location before graduation where she worked with youth, high school and professional athletes. Before coming to Impact Megan interned with the CMU strength and conditioning program. Some athletes refer to her as “Impact Mom”. Megan runs our social media as well as training athletes of all ages from youth to professional. When Megan is not coaching she enjoys spending time with family and friends, learning new things and spending time outdoors.

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Trent MacDowell BS, CSAS
Director of Training – East Lansing Impact


Trent is the Director of Training in East Lansing where he oversees the training, marketing, and operations of the facility. He is the lead strength coach for the Biggby Hockey Club and Lansing Spartans Hockey Club at the East Lansing Ice Cube. Trent graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science and is CSCS, CSAS and HSSCS certified. He is originally from the UP and played baseball, basketball, and football in high school, as well as playing and coaching baseball collegiately. Trent is excited to help all the athletes at Impact achieve their goals and perform to the best of their abilities in sports and life. When he is not coaching, Trent enjoys watching sports, training, traveling, and hanging out with his wife and their dog.

Aaron Jackson BS, CSAS
Sports Performance Coach – Brighton

Aaron is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University where he also played football before completing his graduate transfer to play one season at Robert Morris.  Aaron currently assists with the strength & conditioning program at Brighton High School and works with a variety of athletes at Impact in Brighton