MAD The Next Generation

Updated: Aug 29, 2019

Let’s get to know our Murray Athletic Development Interns. I asked our interns six simple questions so our clients can get to know them better. 1. Where are you From? 2. What are you studying? 3. What is your athletic playing experience? 4. Why did you choose MAD? 5. What has your MAD experience been like? 6. Would you recommend a MAD internship to future interns?


Michael Nyugen


1. Where are you from?

I was born and raised in San Francisco.


2. What are you studying?

I’m awaiting to graduate this year with my bachelor’s in kinesiology, and I have plans to pursue graduate school after.


3. What is your athletic playing experience?

I wrestled all four years in my high school and helped coach a few years after graduating. I also trained and competed in boxing while studying abroad in Australia.


4. Why did you choose MAD?

I chose MAD because it was clear from the first time I visited that the coaches are passionate and determined to help out the athletes excel in their sports. I think that the vast multitude of athletes MAD has to train makes it extremely exciting and interesting.


5. What has your MAD experience been like?

I volunteered for strength and conditioning for my boxing club in Australia, but I wanted to learn under experienced professionals for more than just one sport. So far, it’s been high-paced, fun, and rewarding. I have to use my critical thinking and communication skills, especially trying to develop a connection with the athletes to help push them further. I look forward to the sessions and trying to better myself and the athletes.


6. Would you recommend a MAD internship to future interns?

I would highly recommend MAD to help people interested in strength and conditioning (like me) see what some of the duties and tasks are. If you have an interest in health and athletics, I’d definitely suggest becoming an intern!


Ruth Hernandez


1. Where are you from?

I am from Venice, Los Angeles.


2. What are you studying?

Double major in kinesiology and Italian.


3. What is your athletic playing experience?

Played high school volleyball as a DS and Libero.

4. Why did you choose MAD?

I choose MAD because I wanted hands-on experience and explore the area of careers within kinesiology. I want to work with athletes and MAD does exactly that.

5. What has your MAD experience been like?

I enjoy MAD because I always learn something new and I get to practice what I learned in school within the MAD sessions. For example Coach Eric used blood flow restriction training on an athlete and explained the benefits and physiological aspect of the device which I was able to understand completely.

6. Would you recommend a MAD internship to future interns?

I would definitely recommend this to future interns. Not only will you learn the importance and reasons why this athletic program is constructed the way it is, but they will prepare you for future internships, programs, and a future career.


Priscilla Colindres


1. Where are you From?

I am from Los Angeles, CA.


2. What are you studying?

I am majoring in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise and Movement Sciences.

3. What is your athletic playing experience?

I have played volleyball, soccer, figure skating, and ballet.

4. Why did you choose MAD?

I chose MAD because I wanted experience in athlete training and conditioning.


5. What has your MAD experience been like?

My experience has been great, I always leave having learned something new.

6. Would you recommend a MAD internship to future interns?

Yes, I would recommend this program to other prospective interns. This internship is an opportunity to gain hands on experience and learn from other professionals in the same field.


Leslie Castillo


1. Where are you From?

I am from San Francisco, CA.


2. What are you studying?

I am studying Kinesiology at SFSU with an emphasis in Exercise Science. I am also pursuing my Master’s degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology.

3. What is your athletic playing experience?

I played soccer at Skyline College with my position being outside midfielder/forward. Now I continue to play for extracurricular activity. I have competed in a powerlifting competition where I placed 1st place in open and novice divisions in my weight class. I also weight train 4-5 times a week with an active strength training program.


4. Why did you choose MAD?

I chose MAD because of MAD’s overall goal and mission. MAD offers young athletes to help super specific training programs that will help develop the young athlete's athleticism both physically and mentally; on and off the field. The passion in MAD’s team is very inspiring where coaches along with the athletes have a friend to coach relationship along with the other athletes. The atmosphere is great and very inspiring. From past experiences as an athlete playing college level soccer, unfortunately, I did not have such great experiences, so in being an intern at MAD, it inspires me to develop the skills of becoming a great athletic coach to not only coach on their athleticism, but to develop a relationship with the athletes in which will help influence positive moral and ethical behaviors on and off the field.


5. What has your MAD experience been like?

My experience has been very rewarding because MAD really want their interns to learn and get comfortable with the team along with the athletes every day. As they train the athletes to learn and grow, they also treat the interns as athletes to develop the proper skills, passion, and experiences to grow and learn every single day. It is very interactive between the coaches themselves and the athletes where we get the chance to observe gym routines in the weight room as well as outside warm up, drills, and cooldowns in a specific amount of time. Along with the practical applications, MAD also ties those theories with actual science backing up as to why they do what they do. The opportunities are there, and as an intern and an athlete, we grow to appreciate the time and specificity MAD really dedicates to their athletes.


6. Would you recommend a MAD internship to future interns?

I would definitely recommend this program to other prospective interns because it is a very rewarding and hands-on experience. The coaches are very passionate in what they do for these athletes and if this is a prospective intern’s calling card, then by all means: take the opportunity to intern for MAD. You will not be disappointed.


Lucca Santos


1. Where are you From?

Alameda, CA


2. What are you studying?

Kinesiology (Exercise and Movement Concentration)


3. What is your athletic playing experience?

Athletic Background: Soccer, Basketball, Water Polo, Swimming, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu


4. Why did you choose MAD?

I chose MAD because I wanted to learn more about athletic training and get some more coaching experience. The energy that everyone gives off is very positive, and it definitely makes my day better. I also wanted to improve my communication skills, so I chose an internship where I would have to use my voice often.


5. What has your MAD experience been like?

My experience at MAD has been amazing. I learn something new each day, and I definitely feel more confident with using my voice. I tend to be a very quiet person, but MAD has helped me overcome my shyness and has taught me so many new things within the field of Kinesiology.


6. Would you recommend a MAD internship to future interns?

I would definitely recommend this program to other prospective interns. It is a great way to learn more about the science behind certain exercises. It is also great for getting exposed to certain elements of physical therapy. Not only are interns exposed to evaluations of the athletes, but they also learn about certain exercises that are useful for power and stability.


Kyvin Le


1. Where are you From?

Bay Area


2. What are you studying?

Studying Kinesiology to become a physical therapist.


4. Why did you choose MAD?

I chose MAD because I wanted to experience working with athletes and figure if this is something I want to do.


5. What has your MAD experience been like?

The experience so far has been amazing and is definitely a change of pace for me. Within MAD, I am learning to work in a professional environment and gain professional skills. I have to thank John and all the staff in continuing to improve myself and to incorporate the materials learned in class to real-life scenarios.

6. Would you recommend a MAD internship to future interns?

I would recommend MAD for future interns. It is something that I have never experienced and it gave me a new perspective when working with athletes on their movements and why we perform certain exercises.