Mike Caza is recognized as a leader in the field of Strength & Conditioning, Functional training and general fitness. He currently spends his time teaching, training and managing Premier. Prior to starting Premier Fitness & Performance, Mike was an Olympic level track athlete having competed in the 1996 & 2000 Olympic trials and across the world on 4 different continents in various international competitions where he gained invaluable experience. From 1994-98, Mike was mentored by Dan Pfaff who was mentored by Tom Tellez both of whom have produced the fastest athletes in the world including Olympic champions Donovan Bailey and Carl Lewis. While at Kent State, Mike graduated with a degree in Exercise Science and went on to become Male Athlete of the Year in 1998, earned All-American status in 1997 and was inducted into the KSU Hall of Fame in 2017. Mike has worked with athletes from the NFL, MLS, MLB, NHL, IBL and at the youth, middle school, high school and collegiate level from virtually every school in Northeast Ohio.
In 2004, Mike realized he had acquired invaluable knowedge and founded Premier Fitness & Performance to help both athletes and adults learn proper training methods to perform at their best. Today, PFP has become one of the top training facilties in the Midwest and has been influential in the development of thousands of individuals.
Mike has been a featured speaker at numerous Strength & Conditioning events and to many local businesses in the areas of Functional training, Sport Specific Conditioning and General Fitness training. Mike has written articles for Men’s Health, Volleyball Magazine and Women’s Basketball to name a few. Mike enjoys reading, golfing and spending time with his wife Kerry and their twins Madison and Michael.
Tom earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology from Ohio University in December 2019. Tom has worked as a personal trainer since 2018 and is certified through the American College of Sports Medicine. Prior to joining the PFP staff, he served as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning coach for Woodridge High School and volunteered in the physical therapy department at Ohio Health O’Bleness Hospital in Athens, Ohio. He plans to begin a Masters degree in applied exercise science and become a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
John currently attends Kent State University with a major in exercise science. John joined the Premier team as a coach in January 2020. Before being a performance coach, John attended the University of Mount Union, where he played football from 2016 through 2018. After transferring to Kent State, John interned in Los Angeles with a human performance company called EXOS. John has worked with high school athletes, college athletes, NFL players, and International soccer players. He plans to become an ACSM Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist upon graduation. John enjoys staying active, watching sports, and searching for interesting places to eat!
Carter graduated from John Carroll University with a BS in exercise science in May 2019. He participated in baseball for four years while attending JCU, along with working with the men’s basketball team as a student athletic trainer, and running speed and agility sessions with the men and women’s soccer team at JCU. This past summer Carter interned with the Akron Rubberducks (Indians AA team) as an assistant athletic trainer. Currently, Carter is attending graduate school at Kent State University for Athletic Training. He enjoys weightlifting, yoga, and basketball. Carter is excited to train athletes and adults at Premier.