The instructors and educators that we employ are the most sought after educators in the industry. They go through rigorous training, and are themselves forever students of new methodologies, tools, and strategies. Our educators and guest instructors are at the cutting edge of new modalities in health and performance.
Our instructors are recruited and selected based on their specialty. They work in close collaboration with our support and leadership staff, who design the UHP curriculum and ensure that the University’s focus remains on the student.
Ben is the Vice President for Performance and Well-Being, leading the integration of all performance aspects with staff and students to create life changing experiences at UHP. He brings 20 years of experience coaching sport, tactical, and corporate performers to the University of Health & Performance.
Prior to joining UHP, Ben was the Head of Mental Performance with the Toronto Blue Jays (MLB) leading the development and delivery of mental skills programs across all levels of the Blue Jays organization. Before his role with the Toronto Blue Jays, he was the inaugural head coach and general manager of Tormenta FC of the United Soccer League (USL).
Ben started his career in sport and performance psychology with the United States Army Special Operations Forces, as the performance psychology coach with the prestigious 75th Ranger Regiment. Before transitioning to the field of sport and performance psychology, Ben coached NCAA Men’s Soccer for nearly 15 years. Ben holds masters degrees in Sport Psychology and Sport Management from Georgia Southern University where he was an NCAA Division I athlete.
He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Sport and Performance Psychology from University of Western States with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. He is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and is a certified coach developer through the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE). Ben is married to Melissa Freakley and they have two sons (Ben, 13 and Connor, 11).
Hunter brings over 20 years of coaching experience to the University of Health & Performance. As a human performance specialist with the US ARMY Special Forces for over 10+ years, he played an integral role in laying the foundation for the US ARMY Special Forces human performance program. As one of the leading tactical strength + conditioning coaches in the country, he used his breadth of knowledge and expertise to help drive programming results, continually improve the training provided to Special Forces soldiers.
Prior to his time with the Special Forces, he coached several athletics teams at the University of Wyoming. He earned his Masters and Bachelors from the University of Virginia in exercise physiology, where he was also celebrated as the NSCA Athlete of the year, an All-American National Champion, and Captain of Track + Field.
Hunter is a Certified Strength + Conditioning Coach (CSCS) through the NSCA, and holds a USA Weightlifting Level 2 Advanced Sports Performance Coach Certification. He also holds certifications for Athlete Development, Myokinematic Restoration from the Postural Restoration Institute, Blood Flow Restriction Rehabilitation, CPR and First Aid through the American Heart Association, and is a local referee.
Graduated Fitness Operatives can apply and be appointed to future camps as Squad Leaders. These UHP graduates are certified personal trainers who are actively pursuing careers in coaching and performance. Squad Leaders show exemplary performance as health & performance leaders in their communities, and have a natural aptitude for teaching and leadership.
Alongside UHP instructors and Squad Leaders, we invite world-class master coaches and guest instructors to share their respective expertise with our students. Guest instructors and master coaches from a wide range of industries in health and fitness join us and share their first-hand knowledge. Students have the opportunity to learn from and work with leaders in the field while they’re on campus. Many remain in close contact after their time at UHP.