Meet Our Coaches


 
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Josh Baker, Fitness Director

Josh is Zephyr Performance Training’s Fitness Director.  Starting at the age of 7 with wrestling, Josh now has over 20 years of experience in training, competing, and coaching. He is a professional MMA competitor and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt who has had the privilege of competing on some of the biggest stages the in the sport.  While he was studying to receive a bachelor’s degree in Justice Studies from Rhode Island College, he wrestled in the NCCA Division 3 New England Conference. Additionally, he is a JSIWA 2018 Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee, for being a part of the 2-time Nationally Ranked and State Championship teams in 2006 & 2007, with the Jackson Memorial Jaguars.   

In addition to holding the titles of Fitness Director and Coach at Zephyr, Josh is currently the Assistant Coach for Old Bridge High School Wrestling Team and the Head Coach for the Old Bridge Mat Rats, whom have won the Mid Jersey League the last 3 years in a row.  He has had countless state-placed winners, league champions, county champions, national champions, and now is looking to carry the same success through Zephyr’s Youth Program. Working alongside non-profit organizations in the past, he has held the title of Senior Advocate for Youth Advocate Programs.  By teaming up with Child Protective Services and the Juvenile Justice System, Josh worked with vulnerable youths, in order to be a role model and help provide a more positive outlook in their lives.

Josh continues to pursue this passion as the Director of Wrestling Relations for the American Grappling Alliance Foundation. His goal is to increase opportunities for vulnerable youth to participate in Martial Arts.


Mark Gould

Mark is one of our Youth instructors at Zephyr Performance Training.  Working with kids and pushing them past what they thought they could do is something he’s been doing since he was a child himself.  His first job in high school was at a summer camp working as a counselor where he worked until college.

His love of Boxing started watching some of the great fights of Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, and Lennox Lewis with his father and grandfather as a child.  He then discovered a similar fascination in Muay Thai. While he trains solely for the love of the sport and is not a competitive person, he’s been handing down the core teachings and fundamental techniques of Boxing and Muay Thai for two years. When he isn’t teaching our youth classes or training, he is creating content for our social media and website.  Be on the lookout for more videos, photos, and other content made by him on all our platforms.

Mark Gould

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Deric Flores

Deric “Filipino Flash” Flores is a Muay Thai, Boxing and MMA Champion. As a Black Belt under legendary striking coach Paul McGowan with almost 10 years of coaching experience Deric brings a tremendous amount of skill and energy to all of his classes. Making his pro MMA debut with Zephyr Performance Training, Deric won at CFFC 76 via T.K.O. to start off his pro fighting career. Here at Zephyr, Deric not only passes down his knowledge to our more advanced programs but brings a high energy to our conditioning and strength training programs. Along with these classes, Deric also is working towards training the next generation with our youth program, building their fundamental knowledge of kickboxing as well as giving them confidence and strength.


AnnaMarie

AnnaMarie Talerico

AnnaMarie is a Coach here at Zephyr Performance Training under The National Academy of Sports Medicine.  She attended a nationally accredited school is Pasadena, California.  The American Fitness and Nutrition Academy is an intensive 8 month course where she mastered the modalities of functional strength, flexibility, and corrective exercise training.  In addition, she studied exercise science, performance nutrition, and metabolic calorie planning. 4 years into the industry she found her love for coaching boxing and began coaching her clients. 

AnnaMarie continues to grow and learn by attending seminars and becoming certified in Kettlebell training, Certified Boxing Instructor, and Perform Better.  She has put her love for fitness and helping others together and has gained experience working with special populations in the industry for 5 years. She utilizes these lessons and valuable information and integrated them into her coaching style. 


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Jenna Suydam

Jenna is a Kickboxing as well as Boxing coach and the head instructor of the Women’s Combat Club here at Zephyr Performance Training. During her tenure as a coach, Jenna has also participated in several self-defense seminars in the roles of both demonstrator and instructor.  

Jenna began her competitive career in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and has since expanded into amateur Muay Thai kickboxing and mixed martial arts. She is a 2018 United States Muay Thai Organization’s east coast finalist and winner of the inaugural east coast Muay Thai Super Series. Jenna found her way to combat sports after training with a pre-professional dance company for 12 years. She hopes to share her love of the sport, competition and empowerment with her students through the women’s combat club program.

Currently, Jenna is just shy of completing her second bachelor’s degree in physical education from her alma mater, Monmouth University. She also holds a bachelor’s in Music Industry as well as several post-bachelor certificates in photography and graphic design.