MEET THE TEAM

PILLAR COACHES

Here at Pillar we are on a mission to make a daily impact on people's lives by building personal relationships and implementing healthy habits to become a better version of themselves. (and we like to have fun!)

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TAYLOR RASKA

CEO- HEAD OF HOCKEY DEVELOPMENT

  • BS in Entrepreneurship
  • CF-L1 
  • USAW L1 OLYMPIC LIFTING 
  • Precision Nutrition Level 1 
  • IYCA Speed and Agility 
Taylor is on a mission to change 1 Million lives!  He started River Raisin CrossFit in 2014 with a goal to make a difference in the Monroe Community.   In 2018 he expanded his business to Rossford Ohio and launched what is now known as Pillar Athletic Performance.  He is excited to continue his mission by further expanding into Hockey Player development, a life long passion of his.  No matter what he is doing Taylor hopes to make an impact and teach people skills that will empower them to feel confident!
 
Taylor's Hockey Career:
  • 1st round draft pick to the Plymouth Whalers in the OHL 
  • 25 plus goal season for the Brampton Battalion on 2005 season 
  • Won Humantarian of the Year 2005 
  • Played professional hockey with the Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs, Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild Minor league program. 
  • Received full ride scholarship to the University of Prince Edward Island for Hockey after my professional hockey career was over 
  • Has over 16 years experience training hockey players

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Erin Kielmeyer

ERIN KIELMEYER

DIRECTOR OF ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE

Coach Erin comes to us with a wealth of knowledge with her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a Masters in Kinesiology, both from BGSU. Pillar Fitness currently trains all Notre Dame High School teams where Erin is the head strength and conditioning coach. Before coming to Pillar Fitness, Erin was a sport performance coach for BGSU, Iowa State, and UT’s women’s soccer teams. Her coaching career started in soccer where she worked as a coach for Pacesetter Soccer Club and Maumee High School. Erin is passionate about helping athletes move well and stay healthy. Erin enjoys CrossFit, biking, and walking her dog.


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Angela Hoffsis

ANGELA HOFFSIS

DIRECTOR OF ADULT FITNESS

CF-L1

Coach Angela is from Bowling Green Ohio and comes to us with a Bachelor's of Exercise Science from BGSU. She previously attended Albion College and played 2 years of varsity softball. She has been around sports her whole life as a 3 sport athlete in high school by golfing, playing basketball, and softball and stills enjoys playing softball for coed teams. She is passionate about helping athletes (of all ages!) succeed by putting in the work in the gym. She as excited to meet new people and help them reach their health and fitness goals.


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Tracy Pappas

TRACY PAPPAS

GENERAL MANAGER - COACH

CF-L1

As the manager for Total Sports Complex in Rossford OH Tracy brings her extensive background in operations and facility management.  She has a passion for providing fitness and sports opportunities for people of all ages!  Tracy is a proud mom of 2 teenagers and is always striving to better herself and those around her.


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Logan Lambdin

HOCKEY ACADEMY COACH

Coach Logan is from Monroe MI. He previously played Varsity hockey at Michigan state university and now plays professionally with the Kalamazoo K-Wings. Logan has been playing hockey since he was 3 years old and is very passionate about teaching hockey to all ages! During Covid season Lambdin not play and coached kids of all skill levels working to push them towards their goals. His goal as a coach is to make kids realize their true potential and help them become the best they can be!

Playing Career:

  • Draft pick in the 2014 USHL draft
  • 2015-16 Bloomington thunder most valuable player and coaches award
  • MSU 2017-18 Spartan fitness award
  • Rookie of Year KZoo 2021-22
  • ECHL top 5 rookie scorer 2021-22

 


Matthew Naelitz

MATTHEW NAELITZ

ATHLETE PERFORMANCE COACH

Coach Matthew is from Amherst, Ohio and comes to us with a Bachelor’s of Exercise Science from Walsh University, where he played NCAA DII soccer. He is currently pursuing his Master’s of Education in Kinesiology from BGSU. He was previously a physical therapy intern, strength and conditioning intern at BGSU, and is now the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at BGHS. In his free time, Matthew likes to go fishing and play soccer.

 


Coach Allison Bussell

ALLISON BUSSELL

ADULT FITNESS COACH

Allison started coaching CrossFit in March of 2020. Previously, she coached JV basketball for 3 years and JV softball for 7 years. Currently, she is in her second year of coaching a National Fastpitch softball team. In college, she played basketball and softball for Lake Michigan College for 2 years and then played softball and the University of Toledo for 2 years. Allison is a Sports Performance Coach / Adult Fitness Coach as well as a Certified IYCA Speed and Agility Specialist.

In 2019 she got married and has 2 dogs (Griffey and Kinsler). When not coaching she is a Kindergarten/First Grade looping teacher or playing slowpitch softball.

 


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SCOTT BEARD

ADULT FITNESS COACH


  • Retired Detective/Sergeant from the Michigan State Police (31 years)
  • 4 sport letterman at Columbia Central High School (baseball, basketball, football, and cross country)
    4 year varsity baseball player at Saginaw Valley State University
  • Bachelor of Arts degree from SVSU (Criminal Justice major, Health and Physical Education minor)
    Coached multiple high school boys and girls sports for over 10 years
  • General Manager of the Southern Michigan Timberwolves semi pro football team from 2001-2018 (2017 National Champs)
  • With wife, Kim, has 4 children/stepchildren, and 6 grandchildren
Coach Mollie

MOLLIE MCGHEE

ATHLETE PERFORMANCE COACH


Coach Mollie is from Toledo, Ohio and has a Bachelor’s of Exercise Science with a speciality in Human Performance and Fitness Promotion from University of Toledo. She has had previous experience as a Strength and Conditioning intern at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA and also at UT. Mollie is now working with Notre Dame Academy as a strength coach. She is excellent with our athletes and exceptional with one-on-one training. Mollie enjoys going on nature walks and reading.
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SAMUEL CHIPPS

ATHLETE PERFORMANCE COACH


Coach Sam is from Toledo, Ohio and is currently finishing his Bachelor’s Degree of Exercise Science, with a concentration in human performance, from the University of Toledo. He has previously served as a strength and conditioning intern at St. John’s Jesuit High School and at the University of Toledo’s ROTC program. He rowed in high school and metaled in five different events at the Midwest Scholastic Rowing Championship his sophomore and junior seasons. Sam spends most of his free time playing guitar, reading, or training.
 

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