Owner, Dragavon Performance and GKcomplete
Ben was formally educated at Western Washington University where he was a Hall of Fame student/athlete in the sport of soccer, and attained a B.S. in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy, and has been working in professional and collegiate sports at various levels since 2006.
Upon graduation, he was offered a contract to play professional soccer for the Seattle Sounders, which led to a five-year playing career. After his career ended due to injury, an experience that fuels how he works today, he began coaching with the Sounders organization specializing in goalkeeping and youth development. Simultaneously, Ben began taking courses focusing on the neuromuscular system and biomechanics and began applying that knowledge to his coaching.
This led to further opportunities in coaching with Sounders, OL Reign, and the Unites States Soccer National Team program, and to the development of his private academy, where he has worked with professional athletes from MLS, MLB, NWSL, WNBA, NFL, Olympians, and youth athletes from all across the globe. In addition to coaching professionally, Ben has been a member of a medical staff/rehabilitation team, as well as the strength coach for professional organizations.
In addition to working with professional organizations, Ben has expanded his practice and knowledge base to work with all populations, including people looking to improve their lives and wellness, and communities with specialized issues, auto immune disorders and bio-motor control dysfunctions.
Ben believes that “Performance Optimization” is unique to the individual and their goals, so holistic analysis of what system needs to be optimized is critical to success. That’s why repeated evaluation is necessary, from cognitive learning, mental and emotional status, physical analysis/intake and evaluation of the neuromuscular system. Optimal wellness from the mental/emotional to the physical, will give the opportunity for incredible performance.
Education and Certifications:
- B.S. Exercise and Sports Science/Pre-Physical Therapy
- Muscle Activation Techniques
- Resistance Training Specialist Program
- US Soccer