PERFORMANCE STAFF

Drew Buchkoski  

Strength & Conditioning Director

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​Poliquin International Certified Program

PICP Level 5 Master Strength Coach

(PICP 5)

Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist

(CSCS-NSCA)

(National Strength & Cond. Assoc.)

 

Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coach's Association

(CSCCa*)

M.S. Sports Management

Florida State University

B.S. English/Education

Eastern Washington University

Email:

drew@apxstrength.com

APX Director of Strength & Conditioning; One of the key elements in the driving success of APX operations is Drew Buchkoski. Buchkoski, now in his 11th year as APX’ Program Director of Sports Performance, plays a significant role as the designer for the year-round Strength & Conditioning calendar for its Pro, Collegiate and High School programs. He oversees the NHL, NFL & MLB Off-Season training protocols in both the Washington State & Florida areas, as well as his work within agencies.

While he has been one of the integral components to APX program’s success – as often credited by both past and present pro, college, high school student-athletes and coaches – his work and innovations are now recognized as some of the contributions to the pace at which performance programming has changed and been administered into the High School & Pro Athlete realms in the Northwest. His programming furnishes APX athletes with a wide variety of sport-specific exercise through weight and body-weight training, plyometrics, speed and speed-traction emphasis, yoga, aquatics and Poliquin Performance Principle lifting systems. He is a noted authority in the field of exercises dealing with the improvement of neuromuscular strength and function via strain/counter-strain applications that incorporate position and stance specificity.    

 

The Michigan native became an assistant strength coach at Eastern Washington University in 1998, a position he held for two years before assuming a Graduate Assistant role at Gonzaga University and then to the Seattle Seahawks as an intern-turned-assistant in the Football Operations/Strength & Conditioning offices from ’99-‘01. Buchkoski moved to Scottsdale/Tempe, Arizona region and served Performance Coaching stints at Arizona State University under Joe Kenn (Carolina Panthers Head STC), Scottsdale Community College and a Charles Poliquin endorsed Ikei Performance Center from 2004-06.    

  

He graduated from Eastern Washington University with degrees in Education & Journalism in 2000, and worked on his Masters in Sport & Athletic Administration from Gonzaga University from ’00-'01. He is active in national organizations surrounding his profession such as the Collegiate Strength Coaches Association (CSCA) and is certified by the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a CSCS. He attained his Poliquin International Certification Program (PICP) credentials via Coaching Levels 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 in 2016 as a Poliquin International Master Strength Coach. He is 1-of-27 in the world who hold a Level 5 credential. Presently, he is pursuing his Thesis within the Sports Management Graduate Program at Florida State University.

 

Throughout his 18-year career, he has aided, prescribed and administered training protocols that have resulted in the placement of 38 athletes in the NFL draft, 180 into NFL/CFL Training Camps, developed 62 MLB/MiLB Drafted and Contracted Athletes, 35 NHL/AHL/WHL Hockey Athletes, and between Arizona & Washington has produced Training Programming that warranted 11 State Football Titles and numerous Track & Field, Volleyball, Baseball, Basketball, Soccer and Hockey championships. He is responsible for spear heading the APX Certification Program Tiers 1, 2 & 3 and its credential process for strength and performance coaches, as well as educators and coaches at high schools and colleges. Currently, serving at Florida State University for the 2018, 2019 & 2020 Football campaigns FSU's Football Strength & Conditioning department.

 

Personal... Buchkoski enjoys fishing any and all waters, as well as golfing, hiking, running, snowboarding and anything to do with the outdoors. He was born in Michigan. His father (Tom) was a long-time College Football Coach in the 80s & 90s. Buchkoski attributes his coaching abilities and work ethic from his father. As well as the the blue-collar farming community he worked for from adolescence through college and into the professional world of athletics from the mentorships of Strength Coaches Charles Poliquin, Chad Ikei, Kent Johnston & Joe Kenn. 

​Poliquin International Certification Program
"Optimal Performance Science"
PICP Level 5

Tysen Azevedo

APX Strength Hockey

Co-Director

& On-Ice Skills Coach

APX Strength Performance Enhancement Coach

 

USA Level 4 Certified Coach

APX Certified Tier I Performance Specialist

APX Hockey's College/Pro Group

Email: Info@

apxstrength.com

 

 

APX Strength Hockey Co-Director & On-Ice Skills Coach;

The implementation of an “on-ice” training product for APX Hockey has been a crucial aspect over the last few years.  Bringing in Tysen and his extensive background in hockey was the connection APX has looked for. 

 

Tysen is the Northwest Training instructor for Power Edge Pro as a level 3 Instructor.  Before joining APX Hockey, Tysen worked the last 10 years as a professional skating and skills coach across the United States, Canada, and Europe. After playing 6 years of junior hockey, his interest shifted to player development and he has since trained with all ages and skill levels from youth hockey through NCAA to the NHL.

Coaching Experience

  • 2002-2009 - Head Coach of International Selects Tier I/AAA spring program

  • 2009-2010 - Head Coach of Spokane Jr. Chiefs U16 Tier II ( USA Hockey National quarter finalist)

  • 2012-2013- Granite City Lumberjacks Jr. A Tier III (NA3HL) Skills Coach

  • 2013-2014 - Head Coach of Spokane Jr. Chiefs Bantam Tier II

  • 2014-2015 – Head Coach of Cheney Icehawks Jr A. Tier III (NPHL)

  • 9 years Head Instructor for Robby Glantz Power Skating

 

 

Playing Experience

  • Three seasons Junior B 

    • 2002-2004- Spokane Braves (KIJHL)

    • 2004-2005- Creston Valley Thunder Cats (KIJHL) 

  • Three seasons Junior A :

    • 2005-2006- Swan Valley Stampeders (MJHL)

    • 2006-2007- Trail Smoke Eaters  (BCHL)

    • 2007-2008- Wheatfield Blades  (Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League)


Quote: "I have seen many strength and conditioning programs used for athletes of all age and skill levels but APX stands out as the most productive and effective, sport specific program, out there.  Drew has developed a system that has changed the way athletes look at their training.  By including his techniques into an on-ice program I have been able to change."

Janell Buchkoski, MS, RD, CSSD

 

M.S. Nutrition & Exercise Phys.

Wash. State Univ '12

B.S. Nutrition & Exercise Phys.

Wash. State Univ '11

R.D. Registered Dietitian '12

 

Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics

(Sports, Cardiovascular & Nutrition)

- Member since 2010 -

Email: janell

@apxstrength.com

Janell has served as an Adjunct Professor via Washington State University's Nutrition & Exercise Physiology Master's Program

APX Strength; Registered Dietitian - 2012-Present: Presently contract with major insurance companies to develop and implement the APX Sports Nutrition & Wellness Clinic. Collaborate with Physicians, Naturopaths, Corporations, and Businesses. Provide individual nutrition consultations for patients in a clinical outpatient setting, as well as specific nutrition periodization plans for athletes at the professional, college, high school and middle school levels, based on their specific weight and health goals. Travel and provide nutrition clinics and workshops to high schools throughout the northwest, teaching the latest science in sports nutrition to athletes, coaches, and parents.

 

Moffitt Cancer Center; Registered Dietitian - 2016-17:

Worked 1-year with Cancer patients in an Out-Patient setting at one of Florida's renowned Cancer treatment Centers. During her time there, she helped coordinate and assist with classes that patients - and supporters of patients - could attend within a broad range of topics that help aide in the cause of a lifestyle to fight and manage cancer 

Washington State University: Adjunct Professor – 2014-15: Adjunct Professor for the Sports Nutrition and Medical Nutrition Therapy classes that are part of Washington State University’s Coordinated Masters Degree Program in Dietetics, Nutrition and Exercise Physiology. Develops material based on scientific research and personal experiences working as Dietitian in the clinical and sports performance fields.

 

Physical Therapy Associates; Registered Dietitian - 2012-14: Contracted with five major insurances to develop and implement a clinical nutrition and wellness program for Physical Therapy Associates. Designed and developed care plans and provided follow-up consultations for patients with diabetes, cancer, arthritis, heart disease, and irregular lab values. Directed individual and group classes for supervised weight loss and diabetes management. Coordinated efforts with Rockwood Retirement Center to help provide nutrition care for their residents by giving nutrition presentations on topics relevant to their interest. Structured monthly creative food events, leading to enhanced market exposure and improved client satisfaction.

 

Personal: Janell grew up on her families farm in Ellensburg, where her passion was riding horses in the mountains, barrel racing, and rodeoing across the state of Washington. Janell now resides in Union, where she enjoys hiking, camping, fishing, and traveling with her husband, Drew, step-son, Nate and their Golden Retriever - Pete. Janell is a devout Christian and in her spare time enjoys volunteering for organizations, cooking, skiing, hiking, weightlifting and boating in the summers.

 

Isaac Butts

Studied Criminal Justice

Sociology Emphasis

University of Idaho

Wake Up Nation

Founder & CEO

http://www.wakeupnation.org/

 

 

 

 

 

Email: Info

@apxstrength.com

APX Life Skills Coach
Isaac Butts is a native of the Northwest. Born and raised in Richland, Wa. Isaac attended Richland High School. In 2006 Isaac trained with Drew Buchkoski with his eyes set on playing Division 1 football. With the help from Drew and his staff Isaac was able to land a full ride scholarship to the University of Idaho and started for the Vandals for 4 years. During his Senior year of College in 2011 Isaac started WAKE UP NATION after a life altering experience that absolutely changed the course of his life for the better. Isaac found himself “Sleep Walking” through life during his senior year of college. He knew from the moment WAKE UP NATION came to him that he had found his calling. Isaac set up WAKE UP NATION with one mission and that is to Empower All Those Around Him. Isaac speaks at regularly for various different school and or community events with one goal in mind and that is to wake people up to the fact that "No Successful Man Or Woman Slept On Their Dreams"! You will undoubtedly enjoy his charisma and big energy!

Athletic Accomplishments:

  • ​2008 All WAC Defense Athlete of the Week

  • (Western Athletic Conference)

  • Starting Defensive Back; 2009 Humanitarian Bowl Champion Vandals

  • 2005 All State DB Nominee; Richland

  • 110 Meter High Hurdles Record Holder; Richland

  • All-Conference Performer; Football, Track & Basketball

Quote:

"APX & Wake Up Nation share the identical missions of promoting the betterment of youth through the passions in both the psychological and physiological aspects of life and sport."

Keri Hicks, OAA

Occupational Associates Degree

Architecture School

Hi-Tech Institute, Phoenix, AZ ('96)

Seattle Architect since 1999

Seattle Building Designer

APX Public & Social Media Relations Director

2016-Present

 

​Email: hicks@apxstrength.com

APX Strength; Public Relations Director
Presently contracts with APX for all of its Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Website productions. Integrates with High Schools, Clubs and Teams' administrators, coaches, agents, teachers and parents to coordinate the structures of APX' services and programs that 'best fits' each particular entity.
 
Graduated from Architecture school in 1996 with an Occupational Associates degree from Phoenix' Hi-Tech Institute. Dean's List with a 4.0, Keri has used her degree to help design some of Seattle's most iconic buildings in the Engineering and Architecture Industry for 14 years.
She returned to College as a stay-at-home mom in 2007, attained a Wine Sales & Marketing degree while decreasing her demands as a Seattle architect to focus on raising her daughter (Sable-9) and son (Clifton-6). She's been in the Wine Industry the past seven years and serves as Manager at Chatter Creek Winery in Woodinville, Washington. Hicks also owns Strawberry Lodge near South Lake Tahoe, a successful enterprise since 2003.
Her diverse work and industry experiences benefits APX greatly with its marketing, media and business management structuring needs.

Personal...

 

Keri grew up in Allyn, Washington and attended North Mason High School in Belfair. She credits Michael Hicks (father) for her work ethic and business success. She enjoys working out, building design, digital art, genealogy, wine and anything to do with her kids (Sable - 9 & Clifton - 6.

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