Coaches.


Jim Inman

Jim Inman

  • Owner. Head Performance Coach l Training Program & Athlete Performance Development
  • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • 2010 CrossFit Games Masters Regional Competitor
  • jim@eadperformancecenter.com

In It For The Long Run
Jim posted a 10th place age group finish in the 2014 Obstacle Course Racing World Championships; earned two gold medals at the 2014 Illinois State Masters Track Championships; a sliver and two bronze medals at the 2014 Wisconsin Indoor State Championships; four gold medals at the 2014 USATF State Track Meet; and All-American status in the 5k and 10k. He has completed four IronMan triathlons and 19 Marathons, plus countless shorter distance events. He’s also competed in the Birkebeiner XC ski race, CrossFit Games Masters competition and once tried out for American Gladiator.

Life In Addition to Elite Athletic Development.
Along with his wife Karen, Jim is the proud parent of two athletic children and an extremely athletic Labrador. He loves time with his family, traveling, racing of any type, cooking, boating and a variety of outdoor pursuits.

Life Before Elite Athletic Development.
After 15 years of managing restaurants such as Bay Street, Bennigan’s and Boston Market, Jim went back to school to finish his BS in business. Growing up in an athletic family, (his grandfather is in Bowling Green University’s Hall of Fame and his mom ran 26 marathons) Jim decided to combine his love of sports with his experience of opening and growing businesses. In 2006, he took what originally was a marketing class project and opened EAD.

The Quality He Most Admires in the People He Trains.

Motivation

His Favorite Indulgence.

Reading

Hitting the Books.

  • BS, University of Illinois-Chicago
  • Member of Mensa, Phi Theta Kappa, Beta Gamma Sigma and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars

Alphabet Soup.

  • National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • CrossFit Football Trainer
  • CrossFit Endurance Trainer
  • CrossFit Mobility Certification
  • USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach
  • USA Triathlon Level 1 Coach
  • USA Cycling Elite Level Coach
  • Concept 2 Certified Indoor Rowing Instructor (pending)
  • Harper College 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

Karen Stoychoff Inman

Karen Stoychoff Inman

  • Owner & Senior Performance Coach
  • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Concept2 Certified Coach
  • Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • Nutrition Specialist
  • karen@eadperformancecenter.com

Broadcasting, Boardroom and Barbells.
Karen brings the best of what she’s learned and experienced from her richly varied career in television production, public relations, culture & change management, event production, executive coaching, strategic planning, owning a strategic communications agency, and even waiting tables to her work with the student and adult athletes who train at EAD | CFAH.

Life In Addition to Elite Athletic Development.
Mom to two kids and one exceptionally exuberant Labrador; life-long learner; wife, daughter, sister, friend; entrepreneur; reality TV junkie; plant-based eater; proud Spartan. She gets that you need to make time for yourself, or you’re likely to get lost in the shuffle.

Life Before Elite Athletic Development.
Ameritech (now AT&T), Grant Thornton-Detroit, The Stroh Brewery Company, Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc., WDIV-TV / Detroit; WXYZ-TV / Detroit; The Capital News Service

The Quality She Most Admires in the People She Trains.

Commitment

Her Favorite Indulgence.

Deep-tissue massage

Hitting the Books.

BA, Communications, Michigan State University

Alphabet Soup.

  • National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • Concept 2 Certified Indoor Rowing Instructor
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer
  • USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Certification
  • American Academy of Sports Dietitians and Nutritionists Nutrition Specialist
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Endurance Trainer
  • CrossFit Mobility Certification


Kate Goebel

Kate Konkel

Science Teacher By Day. Powerhouse By Night.
Former gymnast, softball player and competitive cheerleader, Kate is uniquely equipped to teach and do. She currently holds several spots on the EAD / CFAH Wall of Fame for outstanding athletic performance.

Life In Addition to Elite Athletic Development.
A tenured cheerleading coach and popular high school teacher, Kate’s dog Booger (you read it right), graduate school, and friends & family round out her life.

Life Before Elite Athletic Development.
Kate’s reawakened her inner athlete after training at EAD / CFAH. She is testament that with committed effort you can return to be even better than “glory day” form.

The Quality She Most Admires in the People She Trains.

Positive attitude, even when faced with weaknesses/limitations. And, ability to transcend scrutiny from self and others to love and appreciate your body, and grow.

Her Favorite Indulgence.

Ice cream, ice cream, and ice cream.

Hitting the Books.

  • B.S. Biological Sciences
  • M.S. Curriculum and Instruction
  • M.S. Administrative Leadership
  • ELL Certification

Alphabet Soup.

  • National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • USA Weighlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Gymnastics


Web Eby

Web Eby

Cool Runnings.
Former collegiate football and rugby player, Web came to EAD| CFAH in search of elite sports performance training for Olympic combine prep.

Life In Addition to Elite Athletic Development.
Facility Coordinator, Palatine Township Senior Citizens Council

Life Before Elite Athletic Development.
Collegiate Athlete, Gym Teacher, and Football Coach

The Quality He Most Admires in the People He Trains.

I enjoy seeing athletes succeed, whether that means hitting a PR or attacking something new or pushing to accomplish a challenge.

His Favorite Indulgence.

Chicago style hot dogs and Sour Patch Kids

Hitting the Books.

BS, Recreation Management, Carroll College

Alphabet Soup.

  • USAW Sports Performance Coach
  • American Red Cross Instructor


Jeff Arce

Jeff Arce

  • Performance Coach
  • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • American Swim Coaches Association Level 5 Coach
  • USA Swimming Certified Coach
  • jeff@eadperformancecenter.com

He’s got the touch.
A swim coach since age 17, Jeff has developed six Olympic trial qualifiers, three Junior National Champions, 133 Illinois State Champions, and posted more than 100 national reportable times. Jeff swam competitively until a shoulder injury in college beached his aspirations, but didn’t dampen his love for the sport.

Life In Addition to Elite Athletic Development.
Head Coach at CATS Aquatic Team in Libertyville and Vernon Hills; Age Group Chair for Illinois Swimming; Dad to Hannah and Danny, and husband to Nina, who introduced me to EAD | CFAH.

Life Before Elite Athletic Development.
Swam. Got married. Gained a lot of weight (I mean a lot of weight). Had kids. Lost a lot of weight. Wife talked me into joining and EAD | CFAH, where I fell in love with working out all over again.

The quality he most admires in the people he trains.

Seeing athletes get outside of their comfort zone. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable!

His Favorite Indulgence.

Jeff admits to what could be a small (or large?) BBQ obsession, and enjoys cooking and eating all sorts of different food.

Hitting the Books.

BS Mathematics University of Illinois-Chicago Teaching Certificate University of Illinois- Chicago

Alphabet Soup.

  • NCSA CSCS
  • American Swim Coaches Association Level 5 Coach
  • USA Swimming Certified Coach


Sammy Jo Mahler

Sammy Jo Mahler

She's Got Game.
Sammy Jo has been an athlete her entire life and is game to accept any challenge, including aerial arts, competitive pole dancing, boxing, track, tennis, 16" softball, and her first love, swimming. She's an NCAA All-American Swimmer, and placed 3rd at her first bodybuilding show (Figure division).

Life In Addition to EAD | CFAH.
Assistant swim coach for CATS Aquatics, fitness junkie, enthusiastic volunteer for Special Olympics, and a day job that she hopes to soon replace with something full-time in the fitness industry.

Life Before EAD | CFAH.
A career in Sales and Marketing.

The Quality She Most Admires in the People She Trains.

Hard work, and the drive and the determination on a daily basis to be better.  I love seeing them dig down deep to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals.

Her Favorite Indulgence.

I don’t think this is a surprise to anyone: Donuts and Pizza.

Hitting the Books.

B.S., Business Management, Carthage College

Alphabet Soup.

  • USA Swimming Certified Coach
  • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (pending)
  • USAW Sports Performance Coach (pending)


Chris Arce

Chris Arce

Life-Long Learner.
Chris returned to college to earn her Doctor of Physical Therapy license after her kids were in school full-time. She’s been in practice for more than 20 years and specializes in orthopedics and spine rehabilitation.

Life In Addition to EAD | CFAH.
Certified Tai Chi instructor, kayaking, working out with her kids and grandkids, walking, enjoying time at the family cottage.

Life Before EAD | CFAH.
Physical therapist for Midwest Physical Therapy, where she still contributes on occasion; dryland coach for a local swim team.

The Quality She Most Admires in the People She Trains.

Perseverance. I admire anyone who has a goal to reach and will do anything to achieve it.

Her Favorite Indulgence.  

Potato chips … I cannot have them in the house!

Hitting the Books.

B.S., Physical Therapy, Rosalind Franklin University

Alphabet Soup.

  • Board Certified Physical Therapist
  • Tai Chi Certified Instructor


Becky Rivard

Becky Rivard

  • Senior Performance Coach
  • Director Training Programs & Athlete Performance
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • NSCA Certified Personal Trainer

She Can Jump.
Four-time All-Conference, Carthage College Track & Field (Long Jump, Triple Jump, Heptathlon)

Life Before Elite Athletic Development.
AthletiCo, Bourbonnais, IL; Columbia Blowfish Baseball Team, Columbia, SC; University of South Carolina / Fort Jackson, Columbia, SC

Life in Addition to Elite Athletic Development.
Athletic trainer at a mufti-disciplinary wellness center.

The Quality She Most Admires in the People She Trains.

  • Determination. Perseverance.

Her Favorite Indulgence.

Lululemon and shoe shopping.

Hitting the Books.

  • M.S., Human Movement (Sports Conditioning), A.T. Still University
  • B.A., Athletic Training, Carthage College

Alphabet Soup.

  • NATABOC Certified Athletic Trainer
  • Illinois Licensed Athletic Trainer
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine Performance Enhancement Specialist
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer