Bobby Smith
Owner and Director of Sports Performance

Hopatcong, NJ


    ·       National Strength and Conditioning Association(NSCA)

    o   Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist(CSCS)

    o   Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach(RSCC) 

    ·       United States Weight Lifting Level 1 Certification,

    ·       United States of America Track and Field Level 1 Certification.

    ·       National Sports Performance Association (NSPA) 

    o  Certified Speed and Agility Coach (CSAC)

    o  Certified Weightlifting Performance Coach (CWPC)

    o  Certified Program Design Specialist (CPDS) 


  • Bachelor's Degree (Monmouth University, 2006)

Co-author: The CoachesGuide to Jump Training” and “The Complete Guide to Training the FemaleAthlete”  

Bobby Smith was a 3-sport standout athlete at Hopatcong High School.  In football, he was an All-Conference running back and Top 100 in NJ.  In basketball he scored over 1000 career points.  And in track and field, he was the top javelin thrower in the country his senior year, winning the Meet of Champs, the Golden West, and High School Nationals.

 Although highly recruited to throw the javelin in college, his love for football  and  the javelin lead him to Monmouth University, where he was able to  compete for  both teams.  In college, Bobby experienced 4 major injuries /  surgeries (ACL  reconstruction, Meniscectomy, Tommy John surgery, and  ankle reconstruction).    But with hard work, dedication, and a positive  attitude, he came back strong from  each injury.  He was the captain of the f  football team and the track and field team  his junior and senior years, All-  NEC conference running back his senior year,  NCAA Division I Track and Field  Men's Field Athlete of the Year Mid-Atlantic  District 2006, Javelin – 5th place  Division I NCAA championships 2005, Javelin – NCAA Division I All-American  2005.

After college he committed his training to the javelin and moved to California to train with one of the top javelin coaches in the country.  During his time in California, he worked part time at Velocity Sports Performance in Irvine where he was able to work under some of the top trainers in the business.  In 2008 he won the USA Olympic Trials in Eugene, OR with a personal best throw of 76.06M.  Unfortunately, due to USATF Olympic qualification rules, he was just shy of the Olympic “A” standard distance and was not able to compete in the Beijing Olympics.  But this didn't stop him from continuing his Olympic quest.  He moved to the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Ca. and had the good fortune to work with some of the best trainers, sports medicine personnel, coaches, and support staff in the industry.

 In 2010 he moved back to NJ to continue his training and married  his longtime girlfriend, Sharon Wentworth.  Sharon is the owner of  Elite Sports Physical Therapy, the premier sports medicine facility  for competitive athletes.  In May of 2011, Bobby and Sharon  decided to open their own sports performance facility.  Elite  Sports Performance Center was born.

Pat Livesey
Adult RYPT Coordinator and Performance Coach

Lincroft, NJ

  • National Strength and Conditioning Association – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • United States Weightlifting Coach- Level 1 Certified (USAW-1)
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine - Performance Enhancement Specialist    (NASM-PES)
  • M.S. Performance Enhancement & Injury Prevention (California University of Pennsylvania, 2016)
  • B.S. Exercise Science (University of Louisville, 2014)

Pat Livesey joined the RYPT team as an intern in the Spring of 2015 after graduating from the University of Louisville. Pat was a two-sport athlete and eight-time Varsity letter winner during his high-school career at Montclair Kimberley Academy in Montclair, NJ. As the Captain of the Football and Baseball teams his senior year, Pat led the Baseball team to a Prep B State Championship and Non-public B North State Championship. His leadership and athletic vigor landed him a scholarship to Muhlenberg College for both Football and Baseball. After suffering an injury, Pat was no longer able to continue playing college sports, resulting in a transfer to the University of Louisville. Determined to continue pursing his passion for sports performance, Pat acquired a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science.

During his time at the University of Louisville, he immersed himself in both the educational and philanthropic opportunities available, becoming an avid member of the Health and Human Performance Club, working on the fitness staff at the student recreational center, and volunteering as a member of the Louisville Women's Basketball practice squad (2011-2012). After graduating, Pat sought additional experience in the field of sports performance, working as an intern for Seton Hall University Strength and Conditioning (Winter 2015) and RYPT (Spring – Summer 2015). Pat was promoted to an Assistant Performance Coach of the RYPT team.

Pat completed his master's degree at California University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Sports Performance and Injury Prevention. When not coaching, Pat enjoys participating in various athletic events. He completed the 2015 New Jersey Half Marathon as well as multiple Reebok Spartan Races across the Tri-State area completing the 2015 & 2016 Spartan Trifecta.

Jacob Ruch
JR/Mighty Coordinator and Performance Coach

Point Pleasant, NJ

  • National Strength and Conditioning Association – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • United States Weightlifting Coach –Level 1 (USAW-1)
  • Certified Speed and Agility Coach – Athletes Acceleration (CSAC)
  • B.S. Exercise Science (East Stroudsburg University, 2015)

Jacob Ruch  joined RYPT in  the summer of 2015 as an intern and was soon after promoted to Assistant Sports Performance Coach in September of 2015. Jake was a two-sport athlete, captain of his baseball team, and a two-year all-conference at Abington Senior High. After high school he joined the DIII NJAA Northampton Spartans and lead them to two consecutive Conference championships. Jake's dominate performance for the Spartans lead to a scholarship offer from the East Stroudsburg Warriors. Accepting the offer to ESU, Jake was a pitcher for the baseball team.  In 2013, Jake and the rest of the ESU baseball team won a Division II PSAC Championship (ESU's first in 40 years). 

Off the field Jake studied Exercise Science and was an active member at the university recreational center. Jake's passion for human/sport performance grew during his time spent personal training at the recreation center. Becoming an active NIRSA member while finishing his degree he traveled to conferences across the U.S.

Jake's strong passion for developing athletic performance in the youngest of our athletes and proving his methods landed him the JR/Mighty RYPT Coordinator position for RYPT. When not coaching Jake has a strong passion for golf and is currently pursuing his TPI certification while training to compete in local tournaments.


Maria McDonough
Office Manager

  • Bachelor's Degree (Montclair State University, 1987)

Maria McDonough is an avid lover of exercise and dance. Throughout college, she worked as an exercise instructor for Body Technique, a small personal fitness company, offering dance based classes, along with step aerobics, personal training and corporate fitness.  

After graduating, she worked for the Hilton at Short Hills, managing their beautiful and personal Spa and Fitness Center. Four years later after getting married and relocating to Monmouth County, she continued personal training along with running her own classes closer to home.  Her desire to be home with her family, which eventually grew to five girls, compelled her to take a break from working.

As her girls grew in their passion for soccer, she was thrilled to come across RYPT soon after they opened.  The training they were exposed to here helped them achieve their goal of playing soccer at the collegiate level. The thought of returning to the industry she loved was always there.

She is thrilled to be working in this exciting field again here at RYPT where she can contribute to the success of helping athletes reach their potential, both on and off the field. 

Joey Ramirez
Assistant Sports Performance Coach

Eatontown, NJ

  • National Strength and Conditioning Association – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) (expected 6/16)
  • United States Weightlifting Coach –Level 1 (USAW-1)
  • B.S. Exercise Science (Montclair State University, 2016)

Joey Ramirez joined Team RYPT in summer of 2015 as an intern and was recently promoted to Assistant Sports Performance Coach in September of 2015. Joey was a former athlete at Montclair State University (MSU). In his tenure at MSU, he was a wide receiver and a long snapper for the Red Hawks football. Before interning and then becoming an assistant coach, Joey was a RYPT athlete himself, training in the summer seasons before football camp.

When not on the field Joey was part of the Exercise Science club. Currently Joey is studying for his CSCS which he plans on getting around the end of April as well as training for his semi pro arena football team.

Dan Hitman
Assistant Sports Performance Coach

Ocean, NJ

  • National Strength and Conditioning Association – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • United States Weightlifting Coach- Level 1 Certified (USAW-1)
  • B.S. Health and Physical Education (University of Kansas, 2012)

Dan Hitman joined Team RYPT in the Fall of 2013 as an Intern and was recently promoted to Assistant Sports Performance Coach in May of 2014. Dan was a former athlete at the University of Kansas (KU) graduating in 2012 with a degree in education.  During his tenure at KU, Dan was a member of the track and field team competing primarily in the javelin.  In 2012, Dan was an academic All-American and All Big XII Award Recipient.  Off the track, he served the community as a leader of volunteer organizations including the University Student Athlete Advisory Committee, leading outings, coordinating events, and community outreach opportunities for students at the University.  Along with this, Dan was the BIG XII representative to the NCAA in matters regarding student athlete health and welfare.  Meeting with top level NCAA executives, Dan fought for the rights of his fellow students and ensured equal opportunity and treatment for all mens and womens sports.

Since graduating from University, Dan has earned his USAW-1 and CSCS and continue to take onnew athletic endeavors as well as volunteer with organizations such as the American Red Cross and Central Jersey Blood Center.  

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