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Mike Caza

Owner/Founder

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.  Throughout Mike’s athletic career, he was fortunate to be mentored by some of the top speed & strength coaches in the world including Dan Pfaff who has produced some of 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 and sport 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 for USA Hockey and 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 Bevan

Head Coach

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. In 2020, Tom was promoted to Lead Adult fitness coach where he oversaw the design and delivery of PFP’s Adult fitness programs and in Fall 2021 was promoted to Head coach where he leads the PFP team and oversees the daily operations of both the Sports Performance and Adult fitness programs.

 Sarah Diakow

Performance Coach / Nutrition Coach

Sarah graduated from Kent State University with an Associates degree and is an NASM certified personal trainer and sports nutrition coach.  Sarah works with both athletes and adults in her role at Premier and provides clients with Nutriton coaching to help them eat better to live a more sustainable, healthy life.  Sarah was hired in the Summer of 2022 and is passionate about Sports performance training, Adult functional fitness and nutrition coaching.  Sarah enjoys weightlifting, bodybuilding, hiking with her dog, and seeing her clients thrive!

Alec Mast

Performance Coach

Alec graduated from Bluffton University with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. While at Bluffton, Alec played four years of soccer on the men’s varsity team. Alec started in December of 2023, and works with both athletes and adults at Premier. He has carried his love and passion for sports and general health and wellness with him after college, and loves to help others attain their goals. He enjoys golf, watching the Browns win, and spending quality time with his wife and cats.