Trainer Bios

Trevor Bruess

Trevor Bruess

Co-owner

Education:Minnesota State Mankato University

Sports Played: Hockey, Baseball, Football, Golf, Rugby, Basketball, Lacrosse

Hockey Background: Played all the sport growing up. Played hockey at Academy of Holy Angels, FM-Jets, Lincoln Stars, Minnesota State Mankato, Professionally with the Hershey Bears & Florida Everblades

Hobbies & Interests: Anything to do with competition, from hockey to thumb war. Biking long distances, Fishing for bass and musky’s, dancing of all types. Learning; the “why’ behind things, philosophy, self-help section in Barns & Noble, & collecting audiobooks and movies.

Interesting Fact: I was fascinated by magic tricks at an early age. Have some tricks up my sleeve! ☺ 😉 had to know the “why” or how it was done.

Email: trevor@stcroixacceleration.com

TJ Aubrecht

TJ Aubrecht

Director

Education: University of Wisconsin-Stout

Major/Minor: Business Management-Marketing / Spanish Minor

Sports Played: Ice Cross Downhill, Hockey, Lacrosse, Football, Track and Field, Cross Country

Hobbies and interests: Born and raised in Minnesota, I grew up in the small town of Farmington. Most recently, I compete professionally in Red Bull Ice Cross downhill all over the globe. When I am not working or racing I enjoy long weekends at the cabin, spending time with friends and family, and traveling.

Xavier Pinex

Xavier Pinex

Trainer

Education: University of South Dakota

Major/Minor: Kinesiology and Sport Management, Computer Science

Sports Played: Track and Field, Football, Basketball, Baseball

Hobbies and interests: Anything involving athletics, music (I love listening to it and playing it on guitar and trombone), almost anything involving superheroes, BACKFLIPS, learning. Honestly if you name something I’m willing to at least learn a little about it if I’m not interested in it already.

Damon Erickson

Damon Erickson

Summer Trainer

Education: University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire

Major/Minor: Exercise Science

Sports Played: Lacrosse, Hockey, Soccer

Hobbies and interests: In my free time I enjoy being outside, hiking, traveling, snowboarding, and being with my friends and family. Also, taking care of my new puppy keeps me very busy. I love to learn and study things about the human body and nutrition.

Lucas Olson

Lucas Olson

Summer Trainer

Education: Winona State University

Major/Minor: Exercise Science

Sports Played: Basketball, Track & Field

Hobbies and interests: I love watching movies and playing poker. Also, I love walking my dog Bella for miles and hanging with my cat, Finn.

Curt Carbaugh

Curt Carbaugh

Acceleration Owner

Education: University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire

Sports Played: Football, Wrestling, Baseball and Golf

Training Experience: Started with Acceleration Minnesota in 1996 as an intern. Started full time with the business after internship and purchased the company in 2004. I have trained thousands of athletes since the start of the company and continue to grow and expand the Acceleration North brand and programming in the North Metro area.

Interesting Facts: Huge punk rock music fan, avid wake boarder, and scratch golfer. Not many guys my age have a NOFX and PULLEY sticker on their trucks!

A Little About Me: Married to wife Missy with 4 children: twin girls, Emma and Laney (15 yrs) , son Max (11 yrs), and Mallory Mae (5 yrs). I have been playing competitive amateur golf in the MGA since 2002. I have been low amateur in numerous pro-ams and in 2008 won the state MGA 4-Ball championship with playing partner, Joel B Johnson.

Email: curt@accelerationnorth.com

Miles Van Tassel

Miles Van Tassel

Hockey Director

Education: Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from Michigan Tech University

Sports Played: Hockey, Football and Baseball

Training Experience: Has Over 18 years of training experience 13 of which have been with acceleration team.

A Little About Miles: Currently on the Hockey Advisory committee with Athletic Republic and has been tabbed as the “stride doctor” among his peers. Also has worked with the NTDP and helping skating coach Carrie Kiel with implementing treadmill workouts with the NTDP program. Coached 4 seasons with MN High School Elite league having seen a few of his players move on to the NHL. Coached is son’s A Squirt team in Centennial last winter and loves to work with athletes at all levels. Is Married to wife Sarah and has two children Owen, and Annalie. Enjoys friends, fishing and hockey in his “down time”. Miles played two years of Jr. A hockey in the Toronto Metro league and the USHL. He Played College hockey at Michigan Tech from 96-99. After college career spent two seasons playing professional hockey in the Central Hockey League (CHL).

Email: miles@accelerationnorth.com