In our many years of experience in athletics, the phrase 90% mental and 10% physical resonate still in our minds today. Here at Ninety10 Sports, we train athletes through cerebral development. The athlete will be immersed DEEPLY into the mental side of the game, as well as mastering his/her executive functioning skills. This will prepare you and give you an advantage for the transition from grade school to high school and high school to college. The best athlete is both Intelligent and athletic.As a athlete you will be taught to “THINK LIKE A COACH” while competing in your sport. You will also learn the history, rules, and universal language that has been passed on from generation to generation. Bridging the gap between coach, player and parents will insure success to “The coach” on the field who is the player. This program is highly interactive with discussions about various aspects and situations of the game. When the player leaves he will be able to understand and communicate with his coach.
We also offer a program with regards to life after sport. Putting it simply, this means helping those athletes who have finished competing in sport and are now trying to transition to compete in life without sport. The transition from being a collegiate or professional athlete to a former athlete is always difficult, and we have created a detailed program entailing all that comes with this often forgotten challenge.
WHAT DO WE DO?
"We want children to become ambassadors to themselves, their family, community and country...to 'lead by example' and continue to pass on forward the virtues and values of life." - Michael Blair
TRISTIAN PARHAM, Director of Basketball Development, was born and raised on the South side of Chicago by way of Riverdale, Illinois. Parham was a standout basketball player at Thornridge High School under legendary coach Mike Flaherty. He then continued his career in college as a member of the basketball team at Santa Clara University.
After graduating, Parham played professionally for the Mount Gambier Pioneers in New South Wales, Australia, and also played in the Euroleague for Neptune Cork, Ireland. He is the son of former professional athlete, Gregory Parham, who played in both the NBA and Europe. Currently, Parham owns a local music production company in Chicago.
ERIC OWUSU, Director of Gymnastic Development, started tumbling in Ghana when he was 7 years old and ever since he has committed his life to the art of tumbling. Not only perfecting it himself but finding the most efficient and quickess ways to educate others on the discipline, commitment, and excellence needed to master their craft.
Owusu was All Conference, Most Improved, and Best Gymnast at Fenton High school 2008-2012. Owusu was also top ten in the state on the vault apparatus and floor exercise. First gymnast at Fenton High school to place top ten at the state competition. Owusu was also an All-Star cheerleader with Cheer Illinois Athletics and a 2x competitor at the Worlds Cheerleading Championship.
Owusu began coaching his freshman year in high school to pay for gymnastics camp and has been coaching ever since. Owusu has been coaching tumbling and gymnastics for 8 years. He uses his innovative methods to progress his athletes faster whilst making them stronger at the same time. Owusu coaches the freshman boys & girls gymnastics team at Niles West High School in Skokie, IL. Owusu is also a personal trainer, who dedicates his knowledge and expertise to the world of fitness.
NICK BROWDER, Vice President, was a two-time All-Conference player at Valparaiso University from 1993-1997. His senior season he was voted All American. Upon graduation, Browder was ranked 2nd in passing yards and 1st in total offense.
Browder then played 10 seasons professionally as a quarterback in various leagues. He played one season in the Italian Football League (IFBL), two in the Indoor Football League (IFL), and eight in the Arena Football league (AFL). He won the championship and earned championship MVP honors in 1999 with the IFL Green Bay Bombers and the AFL championship with the Grand Rapids Rampage in 2001.
Browder also brings 14 years of coaching experience from both the college and high school levels to Ninety10 Sports. In his 3 years of coaching at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, two of his players earned the opportunity to go on and compete at the professional level. In his 9 seasons as a high school football coach at both Waukegan High School and Grand Rapids Creston High School, he has assisted numerous student-athletes in their pursuit to play football at the collegiate level with two reaching the professional level. He was inducted into the Valparaiso University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004 as well as the 2012 Waukegan Sports Hall of Fame.
Nick is also the Assistant Principal of Athletics and Activities, @ Rich Central High School, Olympia Fields, IL., where he oversees the day-to-day operations of the high school athletic program. He earned his BA in Sports Management from Valparaiso University, MS in Education Leadership/Athletic Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, his MA in Teaching and Illinois Administration Certification from George Williams College, and currently pursuing his Doctorate in Athletic Administration from North Central University.
Do you have a camp, fundraiser, dinner, charity event where you need an engaging speaker? The Ninety10 Sports staff provides engaging and inspirational audience-specific talks that will encourage your group.
Everyday there are new opportunities for athletes, coaches and parents. Ninety10 Sports wants to walk with you every step of the way and provide you with sound experience-based expertise. Whether it is finding the right college to play for, finding the right agent to represent you in contract negotiations or managing your career...Ninety10 Sports can help you enlist the right people to support you in making the best decision and maximizing your opportunity.
Do you want to add speed, strength, motivation, life coaching/executive function to your camp? Do you want to outsource your camp to experts (organization, marketing, facilitation, merchandising)? Ninety10 Sports wants to be your partner to help your camp succeed in every way possible.
Do you want to get your entire team to the NEXT LEVEL? Spring Workouts. Spring Training. In-Season. Out-of-Season. Ninety10 Sports can help your entire team prepare mentally and physically achieve more than ever before.
REGINALD TORIAN, Director of Speed Development, athletic career started at Thornwood High School in South Holland, IL. In football, Torian achieved High School All-American status as a wide receiver and kick returner. He also earned a full athletic scholarship for the years of 1993 through 1997 to the University of Wisconsin. Majoring in African-American Studies at Wisconsin, Torian became a nine-time collegiate All-American, with combined honors in football and track.
He is the first African-American in the school’s history to do so, and one of only 8 Badgers to earn All-American honors for a consecutive five years in Track and Field. Because of his hard work and accomplishments, he was given the opportunity to play in the NFL Europe league for the Scottish Claymores (2002), and for the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles.
In track and field, Torian was a four-time state champion in hurdles, long jump and relays. Torian was a member of the 1996 Olympic Team in Atlanta, the 1997 World Championship Team, and the 1998 World Cup team in South Africa. In 1999, during the Japan World Championships, he won the silver medal in the 60m indoor hurdles and broke the eleven year US record for the event. Afterwards, he competed for four more years on the Pro World Class Circuit, becoming a three-time US Champion in hurdles.
Torian currently still holds the NCAA indoor record for the 60 meter High Hurdles.Outside of athletics, Torian has been a leader in the community. He has won numerous awards for service including the Jim Ryun Award for Community Service and Christian Leadership, and the Community Service Award from the Mayor of Chicago Heights. Torian also founded the Blazers Summer Track Club and has been a USATF chairman for the youth for the past two years. Torian continues to pass on the baton of knowledge to each athlete in order to build a stronger foundation for them to stand on.
MILVER REYES, Director of Baseball Development, at the age of 16 years old, signed as a free agent in 1999 to the MLB Pittsburgh Pirates. As a player, the highest level Milver reached was the Triple A Level, with the Pirates. He won Three Championships in the minor league as a player and one as a manager. In his transition, he balanced three years as a player coach, spending two years in high A club, and one year in Golf Coast League. Milver also spent two years as Catching Coordinator and two years as extended Spring Coordinator. For the last 17 years in the professional baseball world, Milver has been on a journey like no other. With his patience, passion, and knowledge...His abilities has been described as, he can make the unexplained, explainable. Milver puts the top on top class. He is also the recipient of the Chuck Tanner Award of 2014. Ninety10 Sports is excited to have Milver in the family, he comes decorated in achievements, experience, and knowledge ready to throw forward, for you to have.
ANGEL LOPEZ, Latino Community Liasion, graduated from Southern Illinois University with a B.S. in Physical Education. He began his coaching career in 1993 with the Catholic League in the city of Chicago, IL. After that he worked with Southern IL University and James Madison University as an Assistant Offensive Line coach . Lopez big break came when the NFL created the Minority Coaching Program, it is there he was able to work with the Green Bay Packers(2004) and Indianapolis Colts (2005).
Currently Lopez works with the Von Steuben Football program in Chicago, IL public school system. His national and International experience brings a crossover like no other. He has been also appointed, the NFL Alumni of Chicago, Latino community liaison and is also a board member of the Parent for Peace and Justice.
"Michael Blair is one of the coolest dudes I have ever met. I work with Michael doing week long baseball camps and he is the strength and conditioning coordinator. Its amazing the way he teaches and the passion he shows. He has taught me numerous things, about running form and first step quickness that I still use with my high school baseball program everyday. In baseball, first step quickness, rounding bases and straight line speed are all important, and Michael Blair knows how to break it down and improve every kid in all these areas. Dude is on point with his stuff."
T. C. Calhoun-St. Louis Cardinals.
"Coach Blair is the best at what he does. He has opened my eyes to many different things about athlete performance. His ideas, passion, and honesty are unbelievable. He really cares about making kids from all ages better and it is fun to watch as they improve in areas they never imagined. I hope to continue to learn from Michael Blair in the future and I am excited to see where he can take this next generation of athletes!"
Coach Bo M.
MICHAEL BLAIR is the founder and President of Ninety10 Sports. Blair is an educator and a gifted communicator. Blair is a former NFL player and has played seasons in NFL Europe, the XFL, and Arena Football for over 10 years. He now teaches students of all ages Executive Functioning skills which include Time Management, Daily-Weekly Planning, and Organizational Skills.
Blair graduated from Ball State University with a Journalism Degree with an emphasis in Graphic Design. He played football for Ball State from 1992-1996 including two appearance in the Las Vegas Bowl and ran Track in 1996. After graduating from Ball State, he played in the National Football League and was the Running Back for the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers in 1998. In 1999, Blair was selected as the 1st running back in the 1999 expansion draft for the Cleveland Browns. In 2000, Blair played a season with National Football League in Europe with the Frankfurt Galaxy in Germany. The following year he played in the Xtreme Football League and finished his professional football career in the Arena Football League from 2002-2006.
After completion of his professional football career, Blair began his career as an Educator, Motivational Speaker and mentor to students, coaches and parents. As an instructor at Thornwood High School, his Alma Mater, Blair lead by example in motivating youths to set goals, pursue dreams and build foundations to allow them to become respected citizens and ambassadors at home, in the community, and in the school environment.
Coupling his passion of striving for excellence on and off the field and for motivating others to achieve their goals, in 2011 Blair founded Ninety10 Sports. Ninety10 Sports is focused on providing instruction, through cerebral development, to young athletes and adult learners, who desire to learn about the game they play. As with most activities worth pursuing in life, Blair has learned and understands that the game of athletics is 90% mental and 10% physical.
Blair capitalizes on that equation in his instructional camp by immersing the program participants in the mental side of the game, honing their understanding of the game from the perspective of the player and the coach, and teaching skills that will help them on and off the field. This will prepare them for the required level of playing grade school, high school, college and beyond.
After being a dormant athlete for 10 years, fall of 2016/17, Blair shook the world again! He became an active athlete, and trained hard to become an Olympic hopeful and became a member of the Jamaican Bobsleigh Team, Now Blair passes forward knowledge from his experiences in sports.
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