Meet the Ambassadors

  • Ryan Capretta

    Ryan Capretta is the founder and director of Proactive Sports Performance. In 2006 Capretta left a full-time strength and speed coaching position in the NFL to open Proactive Sports Performance. During his NFL years, Capretta gained knowledge through many experiences including a Super Bowl season with the Baltimore Ravens and working with players like Emmitt Smith, Ray Lewis, Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin to name a few. Through his years at Stanford University, he played a dual role as an offensive assistant and strength coach on Tyrone Willingham's staff. Capretta is backed with more than 15 years of experience, as well as a Masters in Sports Science. Capretta is a certified member of the National Strength & Conditioning Association.

    Since opening its doors, Proactive Sports is a state-of-the-art location for collegiate and professional athletes to train during their offseasons. Capretta is a nationally revered coach sought out by NFL, MLB, NBA, and ATP athletes for their individualized training programs. He is a member on Adidas' strength and conditioning advisory board administering training techniques and philosophies for the elite apparel enterprise.

    Capretta's unique and diverse methods of training have been featured on ESPN, CNN, Men's Health, HBO, Fox Sports, ABC and more. With his scientific and systematic approach to training, Capretta serves as a consultant for various companies, including the USC Body Computing Center for digital health and Cybex Research Institute. Current Proactive Sports clients include Clay Matthews, Derek Fisher, Dwight Freeney, CJ Spiller, Antonio Cromartie, Nick Swisher, Colin Kaepernick and Tommy Haas.

    In 2013 Capretta launched, an interactive online training experience complete with an exercise video library featuring NFL athletes.

  • John Carney

    John Carney brings 23 years of NFL experience to today's specialists. John is ready and equipped to coach, teach, mentor, and share his knowledge that allowed him to span four decades in the NFL.

    Starting his kicking and punting career as a sophomore at Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach, Florida, John quickly worked himself into an All-State place kicker and All-County punter his senior year. Heading off to the University of Notre Dame, he played four years for the Irish, leaving South Bend as the all-time leader in Field Goals Made.

    An undrafted free agent, John navigated his way through training camps and try-outs for three years before landing with the San Diego Chargers. Eleven years later, he left the Chargers as their all-time field goals made and scoring leader. John spent the next six years with the New Orleans Saints, leaving in 2007 as their all-time field goal percentage leader. He then began playing the role of relief pitcher, filling in for injured or under-performing place kickers at the Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Giants (Pro Bowl, oldest player in NFL history to be selected), and finally back to the Saints to play for 11 games and remain to coach the specialists on their Super Bowl run of 2009.

  • Donovin Darius

    Next Level Training

    Donovin Darius is a former collegiate All-American Defensive Back, first round draft pick in the 1998 NFL Draft, 10 year NFL defensive back and founder of the Donovin Darius Next Level Training Academy. In 2007 Donovin Darius retired from the NFL and started his training organization that focuses on the total development of athletes and individuals. During his playing career he set a league record for being 'Franchised Tagged' three consecutive years for his value and talent that he brought to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Donovin received a Bachelor of Science and Coaching Degree from Syracuse University, and in 2005 was named Sports Illustrated's "Best Trained Athlete."

    Recently, Donovin has been hired by Nike, ESPN, and the NFL to develop athletes athletically, personally and professionally. He now serves as a Director of the NFL Legends Community Program, is a Certified NFL Transitions Coach for active and retired players and an official NFL Ambassador for the league domestically and internationally. Since starting his Next Level Training Organization in 2010, which focuses on character and athletic development, he has worked with over 5,000 athletes in all sports. Donovin is still respected as one of the hardest workers and hitters in the NFL during his career and beyond by coaches and players. By partnering with existing programs and other organizations, Donovin and his Next Level Organization add a unique experience and rapport with all athletes and organizations that help them take their programs to the Next Level.

    In 2012, Donovin launched his Next Level Training DVD series, which include Speed and Agility Development, Football Training for coaches and athletes of all skill levels, plus many more.

  • Brett Fischer

    Brett is a world-renowned licensed physical therapist, certified athletic trainer, certified strength and conditioning specialist and a certified Dry Needling specialist with over 30 years of experience in the sports medicine field.

    Brett has worked with the New York Jets, Chicago Cubs, PGA and Senior PGA Tour, and has served as a consultant with the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers organizations.

    Brett currently owns and operates the Fischer Institute of Physical Therapy and Performance in Phoenix, Arizona which provides services to patients of all ages and injuries and is also home to many of today's NFL, MLB , NBA, NHL and tennis stars. The institute also successfully prepares many of the NFL's future stars for the NFL Combine each year. Brett currently trains NFL stars Roddy White, Darrelle Revis, Carson Palmer and more.

    Brett is also the current staff Physical Therapist for the NFL's Arizona Cardinals.

    Brett's expertise has led to numerous national speaking engagements, television, internet and radio appearances, and he has been mentioned in periodicals such as ESPN the Magazine, Sports Illustrated, USA Today and the New York Times. Brett also serves as a consultant to CytoSport Nutrition, the makers of MuscleMilk, Nike Sparq and the Cybex Research Institute.

    Brett received the 1997 Training & Conditioning Magazine Professional Athlete Comeback Award/ Medical Team for the comeback of future Hall of Fame pitcher Randy Johnson. Brett is also the inventor of the most effective and versatile abdominal device sold nationally and internationally, the AB DOLLY.