Athlete Testimonials

SMARTER Team Training‘s primary goal is to develop and implement programs for our athletes to help them be in the best shape of their careers! STT is always pleased when we hear feedback directly from our athletes. What athletes have to say about their STT experience matters the most. The testimonials below demonstrate STT’s commitment to helping individuals reach their athletic development goals!

STT would also love to hear from you! If Coach Taylor has helped you learn more about your athletic development through direct workouts, camps, presentations, DVD’s, or articles, please send a description of your experience to Coach Taylor at!

“As a student-athlete I had a number of strength and conditioning coaches but no one quite like Rob Taylor. As I prepared for the past two Women’s Lacrosse World Cups, I didn’t realize how customized a program could be to a specific position and type of athlete until I worked so closely with Rob. I thought I had been in the best shape of life before but I realized I had so much more to give.  Coach Taylor helped me reach a level of fitness that I didn’t know existed. The training program Rob made for me was very challenging both physically and mentally, and it prepared me to be confident and relentless once the World Cups arrived. Above and beyond Rob’s knowledge of strength and conditioning, he is passionate and intelligent. I know he puts in an unbelievable amount of work to come up with programs that suited each of us, not just a program that suited the sport.” – Stacey Morlang, Team Australia Women’s Lacrosse, 2005 World Cup Champion, 2005 and 2009 All-World Team

“I have worked with numerous strength and conditioning coaches and many different fitness programs throughout my soccer career. I can honestly say that working with Rob Taylor has been one of the best experiences regarding my development into a professional athlete. One of the advantages of working with Rob is that his workouts are designed to improve one’s physical ability. One of the major positives that Rob’s brings to the table is his motivation and his unmatchable positive attitude. I admit that the workouts were far from easy, but the atmosphere created during the workouts is extremely inspiring. Speaking as a professional athlete I can say that the benefits that I have obtained while working with Rob are vast. My personal improvement in terms of mental strength and stability since working with Coach Taylor has been valuable in my case as I am the captain of my current team. I still ask for suggestions and look forward to hearing Rob’s prospective. I will always be grateful for Coach Taylor’s efforts.” – Rade Kokovic, Professional International Soccer Player

“Rob Taylor is one of the most influential people I have come across in my basketball career. He allowed me to find my potential and go beyond it. Even now when I think I can’t make it through a practice, I think back to my workouts with Coach Taylor. Even when I was physically and emotionally exhausted, he somehow willed me to keep going. Rob is constantly finding new ways to give his athletes an edge over their competitors. Playing basketball overseas, I have come across athletes from all over and it is incredible to see how many exercises/drills they do incorrectly. A big thing Coach emphasizes is technique. Not only did he teach me many exercises to enhance my performance, but he also taught me how to do them properly in order to get the best results.  Seeing how much further along I am in regards to strength, agility, and skill in comparison to the other athletes at my level. I now realize that all the hard work was worth it. Thanks Coach Taylor!” – Jill Glessner, Nottingham Wildcats, 2009 English League Player of the Year

“Throughout my college and pro career, Coach Taylor has been one of the most important coaches that I have worked with. The training and knowledge that I have received has helped me to compete at the highest level. Rob’s unique style of training is the most comprehensive position specific training that I have received to date. This is the first time in my athletic career that I was able to use position specific training rather than just sport-appropriate training. Coach Taylor’s workouts not only pushed me physically, but were also very mentally challenging. Rob’s training programs are so effective that when you get to a competition, game day seems easy.  Taking into account all things, the most admirable quality is that Coach Taylor cares about his athletes and the people he trains.” – PT Ricci, Washington Bayhawks, Major League Lacrosse

“Sometimes in life you run across a person that makes you better—Coach Taylor is one of those people. With Rob’s guidance and support along my athletic career, I was able to become a stronger athlete, reaching goals that I never could have imagined. Rob provided me with the tools and knowledge I needed to be successful, and I will be eternally grateful for his advice and services. Without Coach Taylor’s guidance, I would have never been able to achieve the national recognition I have had for my sport.  With Rob’s knowledge, dedication, and passion for training athletes, I am convinced he could improve the abilities of any athlete. Not only is Coach an excellent strength and conditioning coach but he is also a great person. He shows genuine concern for all his students-athletes both on and off the field. From my perspective, Rob’s knowledge about sport-appropriate fitness, combined with his constant support of his athletes, places him in a category high above others in the field.” – Theresa Ferraina, Two time Academic All-American First Team, Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award second team recipient, and MAAC Offensive Player of the Year

“While working with Coach Taylor’s programs, I saw a drastic difference in my strength, speed, agility, and quickness.  Rob did a great job complementing my weight lifting program with a mix of cardio activities for endurance and agility/sprint work for speed and quickness.  I continued to utilize the same program through my career in the MLL.  Coach’s program kept me in the type of shape needed to compete at that highest level of play.“ – Dan Kallaugher, Chicago Fire, Major League Lacrosse

Coach Taylor is a unique individual who not only has an unrivaled enthusiasm for strength and conditioning, but who also demonstrates daily his innovative knowledge for the profession, commitment to his career, and dedication to his athletes. Coach Taylor’s positive outlook and his understanding of the “total athlete” enable him to effectively motivate and challenge each player. During my four years under his tutelage, I have learned a great deal about sport- and position-specific strength and conditioning, nutrition, and the beneficial effects of positivity and passion. As I now begin to transition from my playing career into the coaching ranks, I am grateful to have Coach Taylor as a mentor and resource.” – Christina Gomez, NSCAA Academic All-American, Three time All-Conference Selection, MAAC All-Rookie Team, and SoccerBuzz All-Mid-Atlantic Freshman team award winner

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