Finish First Sports Performance Coaches

Founder and Team Leader:
Jeremy Hoy

Jeremy Hoy - Steelers

Born and raised on a beef farm, outside of a rural town in central Pennsylvania, Jeremy grew up playing sports, working hard, and learning the value of finding a way to get things done. Growing up on a farm, and juggling sports and honors academics taught him about discipline, commitment, and hard work.

He began organized sports competition at the age of 5. He is the middle of 3 boys, all who worked hard to make the most of the opportunities presented to them. As the son of an avid athlete and coach, coaching has always been in his blood.

"Working on the farm at an early age I was often lifting 100 pound bags of feed, or buckets of water, tossing around bales of hay, or carrying large stones and other large objects from the field. I also remember carrying these objects across the barnyard and doing whatever it took not to let go or drop anything?not too bad for a skinny 11 year old."

With two busy parents, and the time commitment needed on the farm, he wasn't able to travel to the nearest town for team training . He was forced to improvise his training routine and use non-conventional training methods and apparatus. Using creativity and lessons from generations of strong farmers and workers, he was able to report each year for his sports seasons in better shape and stronger than others on his teams. It was at this time that he realized there were many ways to achieve great results through hard training and commitment to a purpose. Little did he know at that time, that what he was learning, and the type of training he was doing, would prove to be some of the most beneficial training available today.

"I used to spend my summers on the farm physically lifting and tossing around as many heavy items as possible. I would also offer my services for hire to any farmers within walking, biking, or running distance. Imagine a 12 or 13 year old boy asking a farmer to hire him to walk around his fields with a wheelbarrow and a shovel to remove all of the big, heavy rocks that may be damaging the farm equipment and slowing down the harvesting process?it didn't take long for word to spread and I soon found myself lifting heavy rocks and tossing heavy bales of hay all summer long?"

At the age of 13, Jeremy was taken under the wing of his uncle, an avid power lifter and strong man, and patient teacher and communicator, to learn how to properly begin using weight training to help his athletic performance. It was at this time the he found a passion for weight training and exercise, and has worked hard to develop that passion and help others in need.

Later, when Jeremy was 14, with the help of his grandfather, his father converted a section of the barn into a sports facility-he put up a basketball hoop inside the barn and lined the floor with wrestling mats.

"Even after working 12-14 hour days, I remember my father taking the time to work with me and my brothers on pitching and running bases and hitting in baseball. I am especially thankful for him connecting and knowing enough to find the resources to help us learn wrestling, and weight training when he felt this was not his area of expertise."

"My dad and grandpap are the two hardest working men I've ever known. I've had great role models in my life that exemplified hard work, honor, and that mental toughness that most people only hear about in books or see on the big-screen. I was fortunate enough to live it and breathe it every day."

 His training began as bodyweight training and farm training as a young kid and progressed to intense weight training sessions instructed by his uncle, beginning at age 13. He early training routines consisted of such things as running, hill sprints, off-road climbing and mountain running, hill jumps, farming (carrying cows, throwing bales of hay, chopping wood, carrying and pressing logs, pull-ups using tree branches, push-ups, digging holes, driving fence posts in hard ground, moving heavy rocks-odd shaped objects-out of fields, heavy unbalanced wheelbarrow training-and then included weightlifting exercises such as squats, deadlifts, cleans, bench press, and a large number of additional exercises.

At an early age, Jeremy was an avid reader and learner of the health sciences, including nutrition, and was able to successfully learn how to pack on muscle for football and then quickly and safely lose bodyfat while maintaining strength and power for wrestling season. Then, after wrestling season, he learned how to quickly pack on useful muscle to increase strength and power for track and field.

After high school, he went to Susquehanna University for 2 years, where he majored in Athletic Training, before transferring to Slippery Rock University (SRU). He graduated from SRU with a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science, and then he attended California University of Pennsylvania for his Master's Degree in Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention.

While in college, Hoy competed in Track and Field (Discus, Javelin, Shot Put), wrestling (197lbs, heavyweight)(NCAA Division 1), and played football (outside linebacker, defensive end). He is an active supporter of the Slippery Rock Univeristy wrestling Alumni Association.

Professionally, Jeremy has the highest credentials a coach can receive. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the NSCA (National Strength & Conditioning Association), certified Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) with the NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine), a Certified Speed Specialist with NASE, and a certified Flex Band specialist by Jump Stretch, Inc.

He has coaching experience working as a performance coach at the Lake Placid Olympic Training Center, Duquesne University, Robert Morris University, as well as a variety of other coaching positions with athletes at many different levels.

Jeremy Hoy - RMU Hockey

As an athletic performance coach, he has directed and hosted many summer performance camps and clinics, speed and agility camps, and team training programs for sports such as hockey, wrestling, soccer, football, basketball, and tennis. He is the director and off-ice director of the annual NHL Style Elite Hockey Camp in Pittsburgh, featuring Jay Caufield and Rick Tocchet.

Coach Hoy is also recognized by various forums as an authority on training for ice hockey, wrestling, MMA, preventing injuries in young athletes, speed training, and women's sports and fitness.

Additionally, he is a highly sought after speaker/clinician and lectures each year on speed training and training for ice hockey at the Annual Pennsylvania State Strength and Conditioning Clinic attended by strength and conditioning professionals, athletic trainers, physical therapists and sports medicine professionals.

Jeremy and Mayra Hoy

Jeremy currently resides in Pittsburgh's south hills with his wife and four children.

Mayra (Acosta) Hoy

Mayra (Acosta) Hoy was born in Connecticut but grew up in central Pennsylvania, and attended college at the University of Pittsburgh, where she studied Music/Vocal Performance. She spent her youth competing in volleyball, track and field, singing, dancing, modeling and competing in scholarship pageants. In 1998, she won the title of Miss Pennsylvania in the Miss America pageant system, and went on to compete at the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Since her competition days, she has owned a variety of businesses with her husband, performed (sang) nationally and internationally in a variety of professional venues, launched Pageant Girl and Pageant Girl Fitness, created Mayra’s Voice (voice and vocal performance instruction), taught Zumba fitness classes and personal training around Pittsburgh, participated in charity fundraising events for wounded veterans, and is still in the process of raising her 4 children.

Mayra is a first generation American of Dominican parents, and is fluent in both Spanish and English.

Matt Bartkowski with the Bruins "As you progress in hockey and aspire to get to higher levels, your off season training becomes increasingly important. Once I started training at Finish First I noticed a difference in my strength, speed, and power on and off the ice. There is no better place for a hockey player to train than Finish First. Where I am now in my career I can credit to Finish First, and I know continuing my training there will get me where I want to be."
--Matt Bartkowski, NHL Vancouver Canucks
Christian Hanson "Coach Jeremy Hoy and Finish First is one of if not the main reason I am where I am today. If it were not for his sport-specific training programs, I could only have dreamt of making it this far. Any athlete who has any aspirations of making it to the next level is foolish to not train with Finish First. Regardless of your current skill, going anywhere else to train is a waste of time, money and talent."
--Christian Hanson, NHL Forward (Retired)
Matt Bartkowski with the Bruins "I've been forutnate enough to train with Jeremy and Finish First for almost 20 years. His training system specifically addressed my needs as a developing youth hockey player and changed to specifically address my needs as I matured as a player throughout juniors, college, and the pros. Using the Finish First Sports Performance training programs, I was able to play at my strongest, fastest, and in the best shape possible, while staying healthy for a long productive career. I can't recommend this training enough. If you do it, and commit to getting better, you will get better--guaranteed!"
--Sean Berkstresser (Voss), 9 Year Professional Hockey Player, RMU NCAA D1 Hockey Alum
Miss Pennsylvania America 2011, Juliann Sheldon "Training for the Miss America pageant included 6 weeks of intense training at Finish First Sports performance. Coach Jeremy Hoy put my physical endurance to the test and pushed me to my limit. In those intense weeks of physical preparation, I truly learned what It meant to be an athlete. Training at FFSP can help ANY pageant girl become an athlete - She will look and feel her very best. ..."
--Miss Pennsylvania America 2011, Juliann Sheldon
Miss Pennsylvania America 2010, Courtney Thomas "Working out at Finish First Sports Performance with Jeremy Hoy was by far the best workout experience I've ever had. I spent six weeks going to FFSP two and three times a day and each time I had a unique workout that helped me achieve the results I desired. Jeremy was always so encouraging and pushed me both physically and mentally to reach my full potential. I went to Miss America in the best shape of my life and felt so confident and prepared..."
--Miss Pennsylvania America 2010, Courtney Thomas
Brianne McLaughlin, Goaltender, USA Women's Olympic Ice Hockey Team "Finish First has helped me to perform at my best and to be in the best shape possible in order to compete at the highest level. Jeremy's motivational attitude and custom workouts allow me to get the most out of my training - which is geared towards making me a better hockey player AND stronger athlete..."
--Brianne McLaughlin, Goaltender, USA Women's Olympic Ice Hockey Team
Miss Pennsylvania America 2009, Shannon Doyle "I spent six weeks at Finish First Sports Performance working intensely with Coach Hoy to prepare for the Miss America pageant. I worked out three times a day, every day! Coach Hoy pushed me harder than I ever could have imagined possible. When I felt defeated, he always had an inspirational story or quote to re-inspire me, and then he would push me harder. Jeremy saw an inner-strength and confidence in me even when I struggled to see it in myself. ..."
--Miss Pennsylvania America 2009, Shannon Doyle
Chris Kushneriuk, Professional Hockey Player for the Bakersfield Condors "Prior to training with Jeremy Hoy and the team at Finish First, one of the biggest knocks I received from coaches was my endurance. I would slowly wear down as the season went on, which would make me lose a step in a game where every inch is so important. Since I began my off-season training with Jeremy's programs in the summer of 09' this has no longer been an issue. ...Jeremy has made me a much more explosive and confident power forward. ..."
--Chris Kushneriuk, Professional Hockey Player (Retired)
Brock Meadows, Professional Hockey Player, Texas Brahmas "Jeremy Hoy and Finish First Sports Performance has by far been the best sport-specific training I've ever experienced. I've played for many teams and have had countless different trainers and training programs, and they weren't even close. The program is designed for me as a hockey player, to improve my performance on the ice. Hoy's program allowed me to stand out in hockey and move on to the next level. ..."
--Brock Meadows, Professional Hockey Player, Texas Brahmas (Retired)
Elyse Healy, Top 10 Miss PA 2010 "Having competed at the local, state and national levels before coming to Jeremy, I always knew how I wanted to look but never got precisely the results I was striving for. With FFSP, I was able to SURPASS my expectations and become the strongest competitor I could be. Combined with expertise in training, nutrition and overall health, I thank Jeremy and his staff for making me both mentally and physically STRONG! ..."
--Elyse Healy, Top 10 Miss PA 2010
Shauna Rice, 2009 & 2010 Preliminary Swimsuit Winner and Top 5 Finish "I trained under Jeremy Hoy at Finish First Sports Performance in preparations for the 2009 and 2010 Miss Pennsylvania pageants. I am proud to say that I was a preliminary swimsuit award winner both years! Jeremy gives his full attention to his clients and creates their routines and diet plans specifically for them. Jeremy trained me in ways I have never experienced before. New exercises, new muscles, and new pains! ..."
--Shauna Rice, 2009 & 2010 Preliminary Swimsuit Winner and Top 5 Finish
Denny Urban, Professional Hockey Player, Reading Royals "Each and every year you need to make sure that you are in your top shape when heading into the season. With the customized training that Jeremy Hoy and Finish First gives you, you get into your top shape so you have that edge over the other people. I can credit Finish First and Jeremy Hoy for where I am now in my career and where I want to be. If you are serious about making it to the next level and want to gain that edge over the others then I recommend training with Jeremy Hoy and Finish First."
--Denny Urban, Professional Hockey Player
Michael Houser, Goaltender, London Knights (OHL) "Jeremy and the coaches at Finish First Sports Performance have helped me prepare for each hockey season through intense hockey specific training. With the rigorous schedule of major junior hockey, my training experience at Finish First has helped me to stay strong and not wear down through the long season, and helped me to finish the year as strong and explosive as I started it."
--Michael Houser, Professional Hockey Goaltender
OHL Player of the year 2011-12
CHL Goaltender of the year 2011-12
Andrew Lister, RMU Men's ACHA D1 Ice Hockey "Training is a great way for an athlete to separate themselves from their competition. Finish First Sports Performance offers a unique training program that is tailored to your personal goals. As a hockey player, I quickly recognized the importance of lower body strength. My goal, when coming into Finish First, was to increase my leg strength. Coach Jeremy Hoy and his workouts have pushed me to reach my goal..."
--Andrew Lister, RMU Men's ACHA D1 Ice Hockey
Matt White, Professional Ice Hockey Player "I have been training with Coach Hoy for over five years and without his help and expertise I know that it would never have been possible for me to be where I am today. In training with Coach Hoy and the hockey specific training regimen he has designed, I have seen significant improvements each summer in my explosion, quickness, agility, strength, and endurance..."
--Matt White, Professional Ice Hockey Player
Parker Milner, Professional Ice Hockey Goalie "I have been working with Jeremy Hoy and Finish First since I was 12 years old, and he was the first person who taught me the importance of off-ice training. The unique, athlete specific training tailored to your particular sport is what makes Finish First so special. When you walk into Finish First, you know that you are stepping into an environment that will challenge and bring out the best in you..."
--Parker Milner, Professional Ice Hockey Goalie (2xNCAA D1 Champ)
Nick Jones, Professional Ice Hockey Player "When it comes to finding the perfect athletic performance training in Pittsburgh, the search starts and ends at Coach Hoy’s Finish First Sports Performance. As my hockey career has progressed, my off-season workouts have only gotten more and more essential. The sport-specific workouts put together by Coach Hoy and his staff has helped me add strength, speed, and endurance to my game that I did not possess before..."
--Nick Jones, Professional Ice Hockey Player
Noah Zamagias, Collegiate Golfer "Finish First Sports Performance and Jeremy Hoy are a true testament of passion and drive in personal health and fitness. With Coach Hoy and Finish First, I've found the same drive and discipline that is needed in finding and maintaining personal success and growth. Jeremy's principles and work ethic have pushed me to finding more inside and outside of the gym. Finish First breeds success and guarantees results..."
--Noah Zamagias, Collegiate Golfer
Drew Bohn, PGA Professional "I would highly recommend Finish First Sports to anyone who is looking to improve their sport specific performance and overall physical conditioning. I was looking to make my golf swing more efficient and was extremely satisfied with the workout programs and results. My core strength, flexibility and kinesthetic movements all improved which has positively affected my ball striking, balance and endurance..."
--Drew Bohn, PGA Professional

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