A smarter way to train.

About Catz
What We Do
CATZ Coach teaches coaches to integrate sports performance training into their programs safely and effectively, enabling their athletes to reach their athletic potential.
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All coaches undergo rigorous training in the CATZ coaching methodology. They gain access to our extensive and proprietary training content as well as the tools they need to easily develop their own programs.
  • Schools and colleges seeking a proven program to train their athletes.
  • Youth sports programs such as Club Soccer and AAU Baseball seeking to integrate sports performance training into their current practice plans and programs.
  • Physical therapy and sports medicine centers seeking a training program which complements their treatment programs by creating a 'bridge" - enabling an athlete to transition from injury treatment to competition safely and effectively.
Being part of the CATZ Team allows members to have the rights to use the CATZ trademarks and brand as they create awareness of their CATZ affiliation.
Our Philosophy
We believe in the power of the coach-athlete relationship.

We believe combining a great coach, the right environment, and a proven training program provides the edge athletes need to accomplish their goals and realize their potential.
The CATZ Philosophy
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Performance Lab
CATZ, in partnership with the USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, has developed the Human Performance Laboratory at CATZ-Pasadena.
The purpose of the lab is to study body mechanics as they relate to participation in sports and physical activities.
The Human Performance Lab, directed by Dr. Susan Sigward, is located in the heart of CATZ’s 14,000 square foot facility and consists of a state-of-the-art motion analysis system including an 11-camera motion capture system, three force plates, and a wireless EMG.
Our History
It all started in 1996 on a field in Pasadena, CA, where CATZ founders Jim Liston and Kevin Wentz started training a small group of pro soccer players during the early days of Major League Soccer. The buzz created by working with this group enabled Jim and Kevin to open a sports performance training facility within a physical therapy clinic in Pasadena.

The Los Angeles Galaxy soccer club took notice and hired CATZ to train the team during their run to multiple championships from 1998-2002. Today, CATZ has developed tens of thousands of athletes and can be found around the world at CATZ training centers, at schools and universities, within sports organizations, and at sports medicine clinics.
CATZ HQ Locations
CATZ Los Angeles
CATZ Boston
CATZ Alumni
Los Angeles Galaxy
CONCACAF Champions 2000, US Open Cup Champions 2001, MLS Cup Champions 2002, MLS Cup Finalist 1999, 2001, US Open Cup Finalist 2002
Columbus Crew
MLS Cup Champions 2008
US Men's Volleyball
Olympic Gold Medalist 2008
Boston Cannons
Major League Lacrosse Champions 2011
Boston Breakers
Women's Professional Soccer
Chivas USA
Cobi Jones
All-time leader in caps for US National Soccer Team
Jimmy Conrad
2005 MLS Defender of the Year
Taylor Twellman
2005 MLS Most Valuable Player
Robin Frasier
1999 MLS Defender of the Year
Kevin Hartman
1999 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year
Mauricio Cienfuegos
Played in 7 MLS All-Star Games
Carlos Ruiz
Captain of Guatemalan National Team, 2002 MLS Most Valuable Player
Kristine Lilly
Most capped soccer player in history with 352 international games
Kate Markgraf
Won 2 Olympic Gold Medals and 1 Silver Medal. Co-Captained the 2008 squad in Beijing
Heather O'Reilly
Won 3 Olympic Gold Medals. Scored the fastest goal in Olympic soccer history.
Amy Rodriguez
Has over 100 caps on the US National Team. Assisted the game winning Gold Medal goal in the Beijing Olympics.
Heather Mitts
Won 3 Olympic Gold Medals and a current member of the US Women’s National Team
Rachel Buehler
Has 98 caps and 1 Olympic Gold Medal
Kelly O'Hara
Won 1 Olympic Gold Medal and played every minute of the 2012 Olympic Games
Lauren Cheney
Started all six games in the 2011 World Cup and was named to the Women’s World Cup All-Star Team
Amy LePeilbet
Won 1 Olympic Gold Medal and 1 Silver World Cup as a defender on the US Women’s National Team
Member of the Brazilian National Team
Alex Scott
Has 90 caps for England’s National Team and played in the 2012 London Olympics
Kelly Smith
Has over 100 caps playing for England’s National Team and is the team’s all time goal scorer with 45 goals
Candace Chapman
Won 1 Bronze Gold Medal in the 2012 London Olympics for the Canadian National Team and scored the first goal in the first event of the Olympics
Aya Sameshima
Won the World Cup in 2011 as a member of the Japanese National Team and a Silver Medal at the 2012 London Olympics
Oscar De La Hoya
Nicknamed "The Golden Boy" for his Gold Medal at the Barcelona Olympics, de la Hoya has won ten different world titles in six different weight classes. He has also generated more money than any other boxer in the history of the sport.
Misty May-Treanor
Won 3 Olympic Gold Medals and is the most successful female beach volleyball player ever with 112 individual championships
Jen Kessey
Won a Silver Medal in the 2012 London Olympics. Has ten AVP and nine FIVB 1st place finishes
April Ross
Won a Silver Medal in the 2012 London Olympics. Has eight AVP and nine FIVB 1st place finishes
John Danks
Pitcher for the Chicago White Sox who was drafted in the first round, ninth overall in 2003
Jim Liston
Co-Founder and President
Jim is the co-founder of CATZ and one of the country’s leading experts on training athletes and mentoring coaches. He has spent the last 20 years in the field of sports performance training honing his own abilities as a coach and a teacher. The CATZ methodology, developed by Jim and Kevin, combines sound research and good practice with a deep understanding of motivational theory. Jim has become an expert on presenting the principals of effective training and creating an engaging environment in which athletes flourish.

Jim has been featured in the New York Times, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, Newsweek, Business Week and Men’s Health. He serves on the Board of Councilors of the USC Division of Physical Therapy and as an advisor to a number of sporting clubs.

Jim holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Massachusetts and a Master of Education in Health Science from Springfield College. It is difficult for him to separate his vocation from his avocation as Jim spends much of his "free" time coaching both of his daughters in soccer and track.
Michael Sapers
Prior to joining CATZ, Mike owned and operated two companies in the real estate field. His first business was a real estate development and management company that focused on properties in the Greater Boston Area. In 1991, he created RealtyIQ, a real estate information company that provided a comprehensive electronic database about commercial properties in a given market; a key tool for brokers, owners, investors, and property managers. As founder and president of this company, Mike developed the business from a concept into a 300-employee nationwide firm that covered 53 markets across the United States. During the process, he negotiated the acquisition of a major competitor, raised $44 million of private equity capital, and ultimately sold the business in 2001 to a real estate services company jointly owned by four major commercial real estate firms.

Mike received a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He has always had a passion for sports and coaching. A competitive skier, Mike founded and coached the Ford Sayre Freestyle Team at Dartmouth. He also played rugby at both Dartmouth and HBS. Having two sons brought Mike back to coaching as he has coached their teams in a variety of sports including baseball, soccer, skiing, and rugby. Mike continues to coach the Newton South HS Rugby Teams (boys and girls) which were founded by his son Josh.
Lars Hem
Co-Founder and Board Member
Lars is a founder of CATZ and is currently a member of the Board of Directors. He helps the company with strategic planning and brand building.

Previously, Lars served as a member of the CATZ executive team for eight years. He has also held a variety of positions in investment banking and management consulting. He has an MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University and a BA from Williams College.

In his spare time, you will find Lars on the field and courts of his hometown of Needham, MA, where he coaches his daughters' soccer and basketball teams.
Mark Cinelli
National Director of Coaching
Mark A. Cinelli is the National Director of Coach Training and Regional Director of Sports Performance for CATZ located in Needham, MA. He currently serves as the head sports performance coach for the both the Boston Cannons (MLL) and the Boston Breakers (WPS).

Mark began his career with the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League. Following his stint with the Falcons, Mark was hired by the Pittsburgh Pirates organization to work as the head strength coach for one of their minor league affiliates (Hickory Crawdads). He subsequently accepted a position as the Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for the San Diego Padres. In this role, Mark managed the strength and conditioning program for all six minor league affiliates within the Padres organization.

Mark has coached athletes from NFL, MLB, MLS, NBA, MLL, WPSI, and US Women’s Pro Tennis. He has worked with players on the US Men’s and Women’s National Soccer Teams and has had numerous athletes who have won Gold Medals in the past two Summer Olympics. Currently, Mark is an Adjunct Professor and on the Board of Advisors for the Sports Science Department at Lasell College (Newton, MA) where he teaches the Essentials of Strength and Conditioning. He also serves on the Board of Advisors for New England Sports Partners, a baseball specific sports performance training organization. His expertise is in athletic sports performance enhancement and injury prevention management. Mark is also a regular contributor to Our Game Magazine and The Boston Herald as the blogger “Mr. Fit”.

Mark received his BS in Athletic Training from Salem State College and MS in Sports Medicine and Injury Prevention and Management from Springfield College. He is a licensed/certified Athletic Trainer and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Certified Ignite Performance Trainer, as well as a Certified Nutrition Manager.
Kevin Wentz
Co-Founder and Executive Vice President
Kevin is a licensed physical therapist and co-founder of CATZ with almost 25 years of experience focusing on sports rehabilitation and performance training. Kevin has served as a consulting physical therapist for the Los Angeles Galaxy and ChivasUSA of Major League Soccer. He is also the Director of CATZ Physical Therapy Institute in Pasadena, CA. In this capacity, Kevin rehabilitates as many as 50 athletes per month including such notables as World Champion Boxer Oscar De La Hoya, NBA All-Star Stacey Augmon, and US National Soccer Team Captain Claudio Reyna.

Kevin, a collegiate football player, received his BS in physical therapy from the University of North Dakota. He currently coaches baseball, basketball, and football.
Dan Calichman
Executive Vice President
Dan was among the top professional soccer players in the United States for over 10 years. Following an All-American career at Williams College, Dan played for four years in Japan’s prestigious J-League. Upon formation of the MLS, Dan returned to the US and played for the Galaxy, New England Revolution and San Jose Earthquakes. He was captain of the Galaxy, a member of the MLS All Star team and the USA Today Defender of the Year in 1997. Dan also played on the US National Team. In addition to his duties at CATZ, Dan also currently serves as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach for Claremont McKenna College. Dan has been married for ten years to Ruth and they have three kids Gabby, Joshua and Jackson.

Dan received a BS degree from Williams College. In addition to being a 3-time soccer All-American, he also played varsity lacrosse.