Meet Our Coaches


Matt Szelog, ATC, CSCS, CES
Sports Performance Supervisor
Athletic Trainer

Matt has been working for Exeter Hospital Rehabilitation Services since graduating as an athletic trainer from the University of New Hampshire in 2002. As well as being a  Certified Athletic Trainer he holds certifications in strength and conditioning, functional movement screenings, corrective exercise and speed and agility coaching.  Matt has also been published in the Performance Training Journal and Personal Training Quarterly through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Growing up, Matt was a multi-sport athlete, but ultimately chose to focus on basketball while attending high school. Currently he participates in extreme sports such as surfing, snowboarding, and mountain biking. In 2012 and 2013 he placed in the top 20 at the Xterra Stoaked Off-road Sprint Triathlon in Hanover, NH.  At home, Matt enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, which keep him more than active.

Matt specializes in sports performance training, injury prevention training, post-rehabilitation and corrective exercise in individual or group settings.

Derek Dwyer, CFT, SSC
Performance Specialist

Derek is a Certified Fitness Trainer as well as a Specialist in Strength and Conditioning.  He has extensive experience working with individuals of all backgrounds and ability levels.

Derek is a graduate of Exeter High School in Exeter, NH where he was a member of the hockey and soccer teams.  He attended New England College in Henniker, NH and played on the varsity soccer team as well as the JV hockey team.  Derek transferred to the University of New England in Biddeford, ME where earned his Bachelor of Science in Sports Management with a minor in Business Administration.

He has trained student athletes and adults since 2009 with a strong knowledge of body composition, endurance testing, muscular strength and exercise physiology.  He has in depth experience with creating, planning and implementing strength and conditioning programs for athletes of all ages.

Derek specializes in circuit training, boot camps, weight training, speed & agility, sport specific conditioning programs, strength and conditioning, plyometric training, general fitness, personal training and injury management programs.

Lucas Fortini
Performance Specialist

Luc is a former competitive cyclist who worked his way up the ranks to become a Category 1 road racer in New England. While attending Bridgewater State University, Luc wanted to find a path where he would always have his passion mixed with his profession so he pursued a degree in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition. Soon after, he became an assistant Strength and Conditioning coach at Bryant University working with Division 1 level teams in football, lacrosse, softball, and track. Later, Luc worked to develop a top level cycling center in Westport, CT where he was able to hone his coaching and operational skills. Recently he founded Omnium Training to help those with mental health issues find a love for the outdoors and to become active.  He specializes in endurance athlete training, sports performance, strength and conditioning as well as nutrition. 

Connor Rouse
Performance Specialist

Connor earned his bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from Springfield College in 2020 and his master’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science from Merrimack College in 2021. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA and also Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified through the CSCCa.

Connor is coming from Trinity College where he was responsible for the design and implementation of training for field hockey, wrestling, men's and women's swim, women's basketball, men's lacrosse, and men's and women's tennis while also being responsible for the football speed and agility training. Before Trinity, he was a graduate fellow strength and conditioning coach at Merrimack College where he was responsible for the design and implementation of training for baseball, softball, and men's soccer while also assisting with women’s soccer, women’s basketball, men’s and women’s track, and football.

Connor has also gained experience at Skill of Strength in Chelmsford, MA teaching group exercise classes, the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA where he interned during his undergraduate studies, and Londonderry High School in Londonderry, NH where he attended high school as a student athlete and also coached throughout his time at Springfield and Merrimack. Connor specializes in strength training, speed and agility training, sport-specific and general conditioning, and overall injury mitigation.