Co-founder and CEO
Michael co-founded BridgeAthletic and serves as the company’s CEO. Sharf attended the UC Berkeley for his undergraduate, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business, for his MBA. At Cal, Michael was a three time All-American water polo player helping lead his team to consecutive NCAA National Championships. He was named MVP of the 2007 NCAA tournament and still holds the school’s single season scoring record. Before co-founding Bridge, Michael worked as an analyst at Goldman Sachs, and played water polo professionally in Spain, Brazil and for the US National Team. In his free time, Michael enjoys investing, furniture making, water polo and surfing.
Fadi oversees engineering and development, and has helped manage the build of the BridgeAthletic platform from the ground up. Fadi grew up in Lebanon and pursued sports from an early age, leading his high school basketball team to a National Championship in 2005. In his free time, Fadi enjoys basketball, skiing, and chess. Fadi received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and his M.S. and Ph.D at Stanford University.
Nat joined BridgeAthletic in 2013 and currently oversees the product roadmap and customer success. A lifelong athlete and no stranger to the weight room, he loves working with coaches and athletes at all levels to continuously improve the experience for everyone training with BridgeAthletic. In his free time, Nat enjoys crossfitting, snowboarding and rooting for his local Bay Area teams. Nat received his BA from Harvard University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
VP, Business Development
Charlie joined BridgeAthletic in 2013 as the team’s first sales rep. He now serves the company as the VP, Business Development. His background in technology consulting at Limelight Networks, coupled with experience as a professional athlete, make him an excellent strategic resource for coaches. Steffens attended UC Berkeley where he majored in International Business. At Cal, Charlie was an All-American athlete where he captained the team his Junior and Senior year. In his free time, Charlie plays basketball and water polo. He also likes to hit the weight room with his BridgeAthletic Team full of friends and family.
Sr. Software Engineer
Shail graduated with a B.A. in Mathematics from Vassar College, and a B.Eng. in Digital Electronics from The Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. He loves working on a wide assortment of projects ranging from predictive statistics to hardware integrations. At BridgeAthletic, he focuses his energy on application architecture, backend service design & implementation, infrastructure, deployments and code management. Shail played squash for Vassar College and also loves tennis, soccer, cricket and cycling. In his spare time, he likes to hop on his bike and ride as long as he can.
Katie focuses on creating the best user experience for users on the BridgeAthletic platform. Katie grew up in Maryland playing a multitude of sports, including lacrosse, which she played at Ohio University (NCAA D1). She continued her lacrosse career as a defender for the Canadian National Lacrosse Team and played in the 2005 World Cup. Katie was a high school lacrosse coach in England as well as Colorado, where she was awarded Colorado High School Coach of the Year. Katie holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a M.A. in Architecture.
Jeffrey joined the BridgeAthletic Team in late July of 2016 after studying Journalism and a long career of competitive swimming. He grew up in a Military family that led him to have swimming experience with teams all over the country before graduating High School out of Yorktown, Virginia and earning himself a scholarship to swim at Rider University (NCAA D1). During his time swimming in college, his team utilized the BridgeStrength program, which ultimately led him to join the Bridge team. During his free time, Jeffrey enjoys swimming, rock climbing, and lifting weights.
Product Marketing Manager
Lauren joined BridgeAthletic in June 2018. Serving as the Product Marketing Manager, she aims to continuously improve the experience for all BridgeAthletic users. She graduated from the University of Oregon in early June of 2018 where she double majored in Advertising and Media Studies. While at Oregon, Lauren began her career in marketing as the Social Media Coordinator for the Oregon Men’s Lacrosse team. Lauren grew up playing soccer, water polo and swimming. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors swimming, hiking, and biking.
Customer Success Manager
Megan provides BridgeAthletic coaches and athletes with the best training and customer experience possible. Growing up in the Bay Area, Megan became involved in team sports when she was 5 and ended up on the volleyball, basketball, and swimming teams in high school. She played volleyball at University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA where she received her BS in Marketing. From there, she pursued her MBA at Bentley University in MA. In her free time she enjoys running, hiking, and spending time with her friends and family.
Director of Tactical and Elite Sport
Ryan works with military units as well as professional, collegiate, and private training organizations on the east coast. Ryan has worked with some of the most elite military members and athletes in the world as a strength and conditioning coach. Most recently, he worked with an Air Force Special Operations Unit where he was able to utilize BridgeTracker to implement sweeping changes in efficiency and tracking in a high performance environment. He attended Marquette University for his BS in Exercise Science, and earned a MS in Biomechanics from the University of Tennessee where he was a strength coach with the football, baseball, and swimming teams. In his free time he enjoys working out, playing ice hockey, and spending time with his family.
Director of Tactical and Elite Sport
Rob serves the tactical units (military, first responders, etc.) as well as professional, collegiate, and private training organizations of both the Pacific Northwest (PNW) and the Midwest regions. Most recently, he spent 9 years working within the Tactical Human Optimization and Rapid Rehabilitation and Reconditioning (THOR3) program of USASOC under SOCOM’s Preservation of the Force and Family (POTFF) program. This included time with both the 1st Special Forces Group (A) and Special Operations Aviation Regiment located in Washington state. Prior to his time in the tactical setting, he worked within the collegiate ranks with Auburn University (internship), University of Wyoming, and his alma mater University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK). He also received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in exercise science from UNK. In his free time enjoys spending time with family and friends and taking advantage of the events and outdoors that the PNW has to offer. “Live like the mountain is out.”
Emily Kraus, MD
Sports Medicine Specialist
Emily is a BridgeAthletic performance team contributor where she focuses on topics that are at the forefront of athletics and medicine. She is the incoming Stanford non-operative sports medicine fellow in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Emily has provided medical coverage for events such as the USATF National Track and Field Championships and is the research coordinator for a multi-center study focused on prevention of stress fractures in division I collegiate runners. Emily has finished six marathons, recently ran (and won) her first 50km trail ultramarathon, and placed 56th female in the 2016 Boston Marathon. Emily is passionate about injury prevention, running biomechanics, and the promotion of health and wellness.
Ed began his career in performance enhancement training in 1998 when he started working as a strength and conditioning coach for Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning (MBSC) in the Greater Boston area. In 2003, Ed became the Director of Performance and an equity partner at MBSC where he served athletes from the NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, PGA, and Olympic athletes from the 1998, 2002, and 2006 Winter Olympic Games, as well as hundreds of elite college athletes and thousands of Boston area High School athletes. In 2013, Ed started consulting on performance related issues for AS Roma, the historic Serie A Italian soccer club. After two years, Ed was asked to join AS Roma full time as their Head Performance Coach where helped to modernize the facilities and implement an integrated functional training system. After three successful seasons at AS Roma, Ed returned to Boston with his wife and two children where he continues to hold an advisory role with AS Roma and serves as the Director of Wellness at Raptor Capital Management.
Steve is a Sports Physical Therapist and Physical Preparation/Performance Coach with almost 2 decades of experience working with athletes of all ages, sports, and backgrounds. He is currently starting his 3rd season with the NBA’s Washington Wizards as the Senior Director of Health, Wellness, and Performance where he oversees the team’s high-performance program and staff. Prior to that, Steve spent 5 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers in MLB. The last 3 of those were as the team’s Major League Physical Therapist. Before that Steve served as the organization’s Medical/Rehabilitation Coordinator for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Presently, Steve reside in Springfield, VA with his wife Lisa, his three children, Logan, Derek, and Madison, and their chocolate lab Marty.
Paul has been a Strength and Conditioning coach for over 10 years working with athletes of all ages. He spent five seasons as a Performance Coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers coaching at the Single A, Double A, and Triple A levels. Along with his professional experience, Paul would spend his off seasons in Overland Park, KS working with local high school, college, and professional athletes. He has moved back home to the Kansas City area with his wife Andrea to continue his passion in the strength and conditioning industry working with local athletes of all ages. Paul offers a very unique and diverse vantage point of working with professional, college, high school athletes in the school setting and athletes of all ages in the private sector. Paul earned a bachelors’ degree in Kinesiology from Kansas State University in 2004.