Trainer Bios

Megan Iverson

Megan Iverson

Facility Director/Softball Instructor

Education: Anoka Ramsey Community College

Major/Minor: Physical Fitness Specialist

Sports Played: Softball, Volleyball

Hobbies and interests: Working out is one of my favorite things to be doing outside of work. Spending time with my family is a big part of my life as well. I have always loved helping others improve to excel further which is why I am now a Sports Performance Trainer/ Softball Instructor at Acceleration.

Tyler Johnson

Tyler Johnson

Hockey Director

Education: Arizona State University at the W.P. Carey School of Business

Major/Minor: Finance/ Business Communications

Sports Played: Hockey, Football, Baseball and Golf

Hobbies and interests: I am from Woodbury, Minnesota and graduated from East Ridge High School in 2018. During my time with ERHS hockey, I received the 2018 Braedon Hyland award for outstanding dedication and commitment to excellence both on and off ice. I like to exercise in the gym and do cardio on the bike. Full time athlete that also enjoys water sports and pond hockey.

Lucas Newton

Lucas Newton

Performance Trainer

Education: University of Wisconsin River Falls

Major/Minor: Exercise and Sports Science

Sports Played: Hockey and Baseball

Hobbies and interests: I enjoy weightlifting and running in my free time.

Molly Lawrence

Molly Lawrence

Performance Trainer

Education: University of Wisconsin River Falls

Major/Minor: Exercise and Sports Science

Sports Played: Gymnastics and Dance

Hobbies and interests: I am from Andover, Minnesota and graduated high school in 2019. I was a competitive gymnast for 13 years. I really enjoy working out and being outside, along with hanging out with my friends and family.

Ben  Zitnak

Ben Zitnak

Performance Trainer/Lacrosse Instructor

Education: Undergraduate from University of Minnesota – Duluth, Graduate degree from UW- River Falls

Major/Minor: Exercise Science and Rehabilitation Services, Public Health. Graduate Major: Clinical Exercise Physiology

Hobbies and interests: I am originally from Maple Grove, Minnesota. I graduated from Maple Grove Senior High in 2017 where I played Varsity lacrosse for three years. I also played hockey throughout my life starting at age 6. When I am not in school or working, I love going to the gym and exercising, along with being outside and enjoying the outdoors

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

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