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Michael Fraizer

Michael Fraizer
President

After a 32 year corporate career, Mike concentrates on a focused set of business and charitable interests.  On the sports side,  he and his wife Elizabeth established the Richmond Raiders professional indoor football team which  enjoyed six successful seasons serving the Richmond metro area.  As a result of that experience and working with the Washington Redskins and City of Richmond during 2012  to locate and design the team's training  camp facility, he saw that area was not served by a full capability sports performance training center and decided to fill that gap. So Sports Reality was born.  Growing up in Nebraska in a football culture that expects first class facilities and support as well as personally competing in swimming, AAU water polo and rugby during his younger years, Mike appreciates the needs of athletes, their families, coaches and all those that make sports happen.


jeff gonos

Jeff Gonos
General Manager

Jeff joined Sports Reality after an extensive career in working in professional football management. Most recently he served as the General Manger of the Bloomington Edge professional indoor football team in Bloomington, Illinois where he helped guide the team to the 2016 Northern Conference Championship game. Prior to his work in Bloomington, he served as the Executive Director of the Professional Indoor Football League from 2011-2014 after spending the 13 prior seasons working in management roles for various professional football teams.

Gonos began his career with the Erie Invaders of the Indoor Football League in 1999 before moving on to work as the Operations Coordinator for the Greensboro Prowlers from 2000-2003. In 2004, Gonos spent time doing an internship with the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. Following the internship, Gonos moved on to work with the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe as the teams’ Operation Manager. The Admirals captured the World Bowl Championship that year.

Gonos then returned to the Arena Football League as the Director of Football Operations for the Austin Wranglers from 2005-2007 and then took the General Manager position with the Columbus Lions. While with the Lions, the team made the playoffs every year, compiled a 40-11 regular season record, and won the 2010 SIFL Championship.

Jeff understands well the commitment and support athletes need to rise to their full potential. He is excited by the opportunity to work with athletes across multiple sports to take advantage of the unique platform provided by Sports Reality and help athletes in the Richmond area achieve their dreams.

Jeff Gonos is certified by USA Weightlifting in Sports Performance.


Jeff Appel

Jeff Appel
Director - Sports Performance

Appel currently serves as the Director of Sports Performance at Fork Union Military Academy training high school students and post graduates where he will remain as he works alongside Sports Reality in his new position.  

Prior to Fork Union, he worked at the University of Richmond serving as the head strength and conditioning coach for the men's and women's soccer teams, field hockey team,  baseball and men's lacrosse team, while being the first assistant for the football program during his nine years with the Spiders. 

During his time with the Spiders, the football program made four NCAA DI FCS Playoff appearances, winning a National Championship in 2008. In its first year as a Division I program, the men's lacrosse team won the Atlantic Sun Conference and was the first ever team to make it to the NCAA Tournament in its first year of existence in 2014. Since 2008, the field hockey program won three Atlantic 10 titles, four Atlantic 10 regular season titles and made three NCAA Tournament appearances.  

Appel earned his B.S. in Exercise Science from Colorado State University in 2006 and his M.S. in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Western States. 
 
Appel is certified with the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach Association (SCCC) and is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA) and USA Weightlifting Club Coach. He is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, United States Weightlifting, Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, North American Strongman and USA Powerlifting association.

Turner

Turner Blake
Business Development & Operations

Turner Blake joined Sports Reality in February of 2018 to take charge of Business Development and Operations Management. A native of Richmond, Turner grew up competing in a combination of football, baseball, lacrosse, and track & field for St. Christopher’s School from Middle School through his senior year. After St. Christopher’s he went to Hampden-Sydney College where he kept up with weight lifting and also began working in construction management and marketing for Erik Homes in Virginia Beach’s North End where he then moved upon graduating. Turner returned to Richmond in 2015 where he continued working in construction management until ultimately beginning here at Sports Reality where he uses his knowledge of facility management, construction, and business development on a daily basis.

Turner Blake is certified by USA Weightlifting in Sports Performance.


Kimlonte Morris

Kimlonte Morris Jr. (Coach Kim)
Sports Performance Coach

Kimlonte Morris first joined Sports Reality Performance as an intern in January 2015. He returned to Sports Reality in December 2015 after accepting a position as a Sports Performance Coach. Coach Kim received his Masters in Health and Human Performance with a concentration in Sports and Wellness Leadership from Austin Peay State University as well as his Bachelors in Business Management from Old Dominion University. He is certified by USA Weightlifting (USAW SP) and a Certified Personal Trainer by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM-CPT).

Prior to rejoining Sports Reality he spent time at the University of Richmond as a Strength and Conditioning intern during the summer, fall, and spring semesters. He assisted with Football under Master Strength Coach Chris Stewart (Director of Strength and Conditioning), Men’s Lacrosse and worked directly with the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach with all aspects of Men’s Baseball. During the summer he was named “Top Intern” for the Strength and Conditioning program.

Before entering the Sports Performance field, Kim worked in Campus Recreation as a undergraduate at Old Dominion University from 2012-2013 and then as a Marketing & Membership Graduate Assistant at Austin Peay State University from 2013-2014. Kimlonte also has experience as a sports coach where he worked as a Volunteer Football Coach at his High School Alma Mater during the 2014 season.

 

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