Gym Manager

Head Coach

Jeffrey graduated from UB with a bachelor degree in Psychology of the Arts. He has been training as a ninja athlete for five years, loves to compete, and hopes to one day be on American Ninja Warrior!  He has been working with kids since he was 16 years old as a leader in his boy scout troop and continues to mentor scouts.  Quick to offer motivation and support, his kind and gentle coaching style has guided many young ninjas from recreational-level to competition-ready.  He loves knowing that he is training kids to become the strongest ninjas they can be!

Favorite Obstacle:  Stars

"I love the sport of ninja warrior because it is such an inspiring and motivating environment. Everyone is trying to help every ninja be the best they can be."


Assistant Manager


Kolbe is a high school homeschooler who originally fell in love with the sport by attending homeschool classes at Hybrid.  He is now a competitive ninja and holds the ninja community in high regard.  Kole is always willing to help out and eager to learn more to become the best coach he can be.  In his spare time he really enjoys reading, working on computers, and gaming.  During the summer, when hes not at the gym, he loves to spend time at his family's lake property boating and camping.

Favorite Obstacle:  Warped Wall

"My favorite part of ninja is that it is competitive but everyone is still supportive of each other"



​Recently married and soon to be a father!  Andy is an accountant by weekday and a ninja by weekend!  He loves how quickly ninjas can put their body weight into motion and teaching kids to overcome obstacles.  He also enjoys weight lifting, mountain biking, jet skiing, camping, and laughing with friends. His favorite advice to give is to "find your passions, set goals to achieve them, put the work in and you will get there. Hard work will never go out of style."

Favorite Obstacle:  Warped Wall

"I think it's amazing how we can teach kids that it is possible to make it up a wall that is more than twice our height with the right technique!"



Mercedes has her bachelors degree in Sports Management and is currently a graduate student at Medaille College, majoring in Organizational Leadership.  She is new to the ninja world but has experience coaching softball with young girls.  She thought that many of the obstacles at Hybrid were intimidating at first, but learning to do them has been a lot of fun.  Outside the gym she continues to play softball and enjoys watching football. Go Bills!

Favorite Obstacle:  Laches

"I love seeing the face of a young ninja after they overcome an obstacle they used to struggle with!"



Jacob graduated from Buffalo State with a bachelor degree of science in Technology Education.  He loves skiing in the winter and playing soccer in the summer.  He started working with kids as a soccer coach in West Seneca. And he has also worked as a teacher's aide during the summer at BOCES.  Jacob loves the atmosphere the Hybrid Ninja Academy gym brings and right away felt invited into the ninja community with open arms.

Favorite Obstacle:  Devil Steps

"I love the strength, challenges, and dedication it takes to succeed in ninja!"



Josh is a graduate of SUNY Oswego with bachelor degrees in Wellness Management and Business Administration.  He is an Eagle Scout and has been active in the scouting community for many years!   Josh is new to the competitive ninja circuit but enjoys the challenges of mastering new obstacles.  He loves working with the kids on new skills and watching their confidence grow.  Outside of the gym, Josh loves to camp and is a sports enthusiast - playing or watching!  

Favorite Obstacle: Wing Nuts - he's new to ninja but says he is motivated to master the aerial obstacles!



Sydney is a high school student and has grown up in the sport of ninja!  She watched her dad compete on American Ninja Warrior and has had a presence every step of the way as the HNA we know and love came to be what it is today.  She is now a competitive ninja herself and travels to competitions across the country.  She loves the satisfaction of completing a good run and appreciates the supportive nature of the ninja community - everyone is rooting for everyone to do their best!  Sydney has been coaching and working with kids since she was in middle school and also coaches for our KOL division.  Outside of the gym, she likes to play football and hang out with her friends.

Favorite Obstacle:  Anything aerial, she loves to fly!  



Peyton is a high school student and an all-around amazing athlete!  She is a regular on the the competitive ninja circuit, traveling to competitions across the country.  Her favorite part about ninja is how everyone supports each other and is always cheering each other on.  Outside of the gym, she competes in Spartan and Savage competitions and is also a member of the cross country and track team.  


Favorite Obstacle: Laches


Junior Coach

Alex is a high school homeschool student and a new coach at HNA.  He was a natural ninja from the start!  Alex started in homeschool classes and then soon after, participated and excelled in our KOL division.  He's now a competitive ninja and frequently travels with our Hybrid Strong team to ninja comps across the country.  Alex loves ninja because it's something he's good at and he looks forward to helping other kids learn new skills.  Outside of the gym, he enjoys working with his dad's company renovating houses. 

Favorite Obstacle: Devil Steps



Jen is our KOL and competition scorekeeping extraordinaire!  She was born and raised in San Diego and has a teaching degree.  She moved to WNY in 2011, and is now a stay-at-home mom with three ninja kids.  She is a jack of all trades, a second degree black belt and instructor in Mohk Fang Li Do Gung Fu, a trivia nerd, loves reading, baking, crossword puzzles, cross-stitching, and watching movies.

"I firmly believe that if a scorekeeper or referee doesn't do her best to call a run fairly and with no bias, then the integrity of the sport is lost.  I want ALL kids to know that when they come into this gym they are getting my full attention and the most accurate score I can give them; regardless of their background, time in the sport, or home gym.  If the kids know that I always call it as fairly as I can, then their run results speak for themselves.  The pride they feel at the end of the day will be well-deserved and truly earned."