The BRX Performance Strength And Conditioning Coaching Staff
Brooks Braga – Director of Training
Brooks Braga is co-founder and director of training at BRX Performance.
Brooks grew up in the Madison, WI area and played varsity baseball, football, and basketball for Middleton High School. For his efforts, he was named the 2009 Wisconsin St. Journal “Prep Athlete of the Year,” given to the area’s top overall athlete. During his senior year, he was a unanimous 1st team All-State running back in football, all-area in baseball, and all-conference in basketball.
Brooks received his bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science with a minor in Nutrition from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, where he played four years on the baseball team, finishing in the top 10 of a multitude of offensive categories. With 25 career home runs, he sits at 2nd all-time at UW-L.
Between his junior and senior years, Brooks played with the Wisconsin Woodchucks of the prestigious Northwoods Collegiate Summer League. He was named an NWL All-Star and finished with a .321 average, leading a team composed of several future top-10 round MLB draft picks in several offensive categories. After his senior year of baseball at UW-L, Brooks signed a professional contract with the Gary SouthShore Railcats of the American Association Independent League.
Brooks concluded his undergraduate degree by completing an internship at world-renowned Cressey Sports Performance, located just west of Boston. There, he worked with many of CSP’s 100+ professional athletes under the direction of a staff that included Eric Cressey and Tony Gentilcore.
Although he has a diverse athletic and educational background, Brooks specializes in bridging the gap between overhead sports, baseball, football, basketball, and strength and conditioning. In addition to his duties as Director of Training at BRX Performance, he also operates a blog, BrooksBraga.com, and offers online coaching and consulting. The strength and conditioning coach currently resides in Waukesha, WI with his wife Kaila.
Josh Rowles – Director of Business Operations
Josh Rowles is co-founder and director of business operations at BRX performance.
Josh grew up in the Madison, WI area and played varsity baseball and hockey for Sun Prairie High School. During his senior year, Josh was a 1st team All-Conference selection in both hockey and baseball. He also received 1st team All-Region in baseball.
Josh received his associate’s degree from Madison College, where he was a member of the Wolfpack baseball team. Josh received 1st team All-N4C honors as a member of the Wolfpack and participated in two Junior College World Series’. After Madison College, Josh continued his athletic and academic career at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, where he earned degrees in Business Management and Economics. Josh was the starting third baseman his Junior and Senior seasons at UW-L, earning WIAC all-conference honors his senior year.
Parker Oliver – Performance Specialist
Parker, a full-time performance specialist at BRX Performance, joined our team in December of 2018, coming all the way from Detroit, MI. Parker spent four years at another private sector performance facility in the metro Detroit area training hockey, baseball, lacrosse and other multi-sport athletes of all ages, from pee-wee’s to pros and everything in between. Prior to Parker’s experience as a head coach of the facility, he completed his B.S. in Kinesiology at Wayne State University.
Parker’s training philosophy follows that of BRX’s beliefs: “To hold athletes accountable for their own betterment. Making each person responsible for the quality of their movement, rather than just the quantity, allows them to have the potential for not only success in sport or training, but longevity as well.” He strives to educate every athlete he works with on the importance of their training, and doing so safely, so they can develop lifelong skills and a sense of independence.
Jeremy Lau – Performance Specialist
Jeremy comes to BRX from New York City, where he was born and raised. He graduated cum laude from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2012 with a degree in biomedical engineering but ultimately decided that the engineering profession wasn’t for him.
After failing to walk on to the baseball team at RPI, he developed an interest in the role that proper training plays in improving athletic performance, an interest that has stuck with him since. Armed with a background in anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics, he enrolled at Teachers College of Columbia University to pursue his master’s degree in exercise physiology and graduated in 2016.
While at Columbia, he took a fall internship at Cressey Sports Performance in Jupiter, Florida in 2014. As part of the first intern group there, he worked with baseball players from high school all the way to the pros and witnessed firsthand what it takes to get a new fitness facility up and running. It was an experience that solidified Jeremy’s career aspiration to keep dreams alive and make athletes at all levels of competition better at their sports.
Jeremy played baseball at Stuyvesant High School in NYC. In recent years, he has served as a volunteer coach for the program there, accompanying them on their annual spring training trips to Palm Beach, Florida to develop baseball skills and bond as a team. He also has extensive personal training experience working with high-earning executives and fashion models in luxury health clubs in NYC.
Jeremy is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). At BRX, he is primarily interested in velocity development and general performance enhancement, and helping BRX grow across the Midwest and beyond. In his free time, he enjoys watching baseball, movies, and powerlifting.
AJ Johnson – Performance Specialist
AJ has played competitive baseball throughout his college career. He has received many NCAA DIII Honors such as: First Team All Conference, First Team All Central Region, and Preseason All American. He was also given the amazing opportunity to participate in the Power Showcase Home Run Derby at Marlins Stadium, an invite given to only 37 Collegiate athletes that year.
He graduated the BRX Internship in the Summer of 2017 and has worked very closely with the athletes since then. He has helped to develop a portion of the recovery phase of the throwing program implemented at BRX. AJ loves to read the newest research and is constantly striving to use the best evidence when developing strength programs for the athletes.
AJ attended Carroll University where he finished with his B.S. in Exercise Science. He is currently enrolled in the Doctoral of Physical Therapy program at Carroll University. Upon graduating with his DPT, he plans to pursue an Orthopedic Residency, which will further his knowledge about the musculoskeletal system. He is passionate about all strength and conditioning, and the very important role that it plays in developing strong and healthy athletes, of all ages.
Johnny Marquardt – Performance Specialist
Johnny started working at BRX in September of 2018 as an intern while he was finishing up his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Once his internship concluded, he was hired on as a full-time BRX performance specialist.
Johnny discovered his love for sports at a young age; after playing a couple years of basketball in high school, he decided to stick with football as his sport of choice. After competing on the Carroll University football team his freshman year, he made the difficult decision to hang his helmet up and pursue his passion of getting a degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Strength & Conditioning. He participated in a number of intramural and recreational sports at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and continues to participate in competitive and recreational sport leagues.
Johnny’s core training values are injury prevention, strength, power & speed development, as well as proper technique execution. He’s passionate about providing assistance to athletes while they execute lifts to ensure they are lifting/training properly; this ultimately allows him to live out his core values by helping athletes improve their health and ability to perform well in competition.
Johnny is also an avid and pro fantasy football player. He is often referred to as “The Oracle of Fantasy Football.” He dedicates time over the summer and during the season to help ensure all of his fantasy football teams do well. If you ever have any questions about fantasy football, be sure to ask him if you want to win your league!
Luke Meeteer – Hitting Coordinator
Luke played baseball at the division 1 level at UW-Milwaukee, where he holds school records in career hits (273), stolen bases (98), games played (222), at bats (854), runs scored (189), and walks (99). He was an impact player immediately as a freshman, starting in center field and being named Horizon League freshman of the year. Luke earned All-Horizon League honors all four years at UWM, including two appearances on the 1st team his freshman and senior seasons.
Luke played in prestigious collegiate wood bat leagues each summer, including seasons with the West Virginia Miners in the Prospect League, as well as the Madison Mallards and Lakeshore Chinooks of the Northwoods League. Each team he was a part of won their respective league title, earning him three championship rings. During his time playing summer baseball, Luke played alongside numerous future top 10 round picks in the MLB draft.
Prior to UWM, Luke Meeteer attended Middleton High School where he was a 1st Team All-State outfielder in both his junior and senior seasons. Meeteer was also an all-state football player his senior year.
Off the field, Luke has been just as successful by earning the UWM athletic department strength and conditioning award in 2013. As a kinesiology major and a nutrition and psychology minor, he has earned a spot on the dean’s list in multiple semesters and received Academic All-American honors in 2016.
Luke currently gives baseball lessons, specializing in hitting instruction, base running/speed development, and outfield play.
To get to know Luke a little more, feel free to check out this Spectrum Sports video feature of him when he was playing at UWM.