Danny Foley

Old Dominion University

Virginia High Performance


Professional Overview

Originally from Northern Virginia, Danny relocated to the Hampton Roads area in 2008 initially to play college basketball. After a brief stint at Virginia Wesleyan University, he made a decision to transfer in order to prioritize academic opportunities. Danny is a recent graduate of Old Dominion University, where he obtained both his BS and MS in Exercise Science. As part of his Graduate program, Danny conducted a research study on velocity-based training as a preferred periodization protocol within athletic populations.

Although his initial career plan was to pursue a position in a collegiate or professional athletic realm, a serendipitous turn led him to Virginia High Performance (Virginia Beach, VA) in 2016. Danny has been with VHP for three years now,  where he currently serves as head strength and conditioning coach working predominantly with U.S. Special Operations Command personnel and tactical athletes. Danny has taken the transition in stride and has been overjoyed with the direction of his current professional path.


Collectively, Danny has over 8 years of experience as a personal trainer and strength & conditioning coach, and along the way has earned multiple nationally accredited certifications including CSCS,D*, TSAC-F,D*, and USAW. Throughout his professional tenure, Danny has experience working with high school and collegiate athletes, United States Special Forces personnel and tactical athletes, general population, weight loss individuals, and adaptive athletes.

Professional Overview
Nicole Foley

East Coast Gold Weightlifting

The Iron Asylum


After graduating from James Madison University in 2010 with a degree in Corporate Communications and Dance, Nicole found herself unfulfilled and searching for a career that she was passionate about. Since becoming a certified personal trainer back in 2012, she has worked with a multitude of clients and athletes throughout her six years of experience. What began as merely a “job” has since developed into a resounding passion for training, both personally and professionally.


In the fall of 2014, she became a USA Weightlifting (USAW) certified Sport Performance Coach because Danny thought it would be a good tool to add to their coaching. At the time, she had no idea where this would lead, but low and behold she found a sport that she loved. At the same time, Danny met Phil Sabatini who was coming out of retirement and beginning his own barbell club in Virginia Beach. Nicole jumped at the chance to begin training under him and began competing in regional meets. Since that time, the team has merged to become the headquarters of East Coast Gold Weightlifting, one of the most decorated and renowned national teams in the country.


In 2016, Nicole obtained her CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) through the NSCA and decided to go back to school and obtain a Masters Degree in Sport Management from Old Dominion University. In 2017, Nicole accepted a job at the Iron Asylum (Virginia Beach, VA) where she is a strength coach and the resident Olympic Weightlifting coach. During her time at ODU, Nicole began an internship with East Coast Gold Weightlifting and is now an Assistant Coach in charge of the Youth and Junior Weightlifting Programs, as well as the Social Media and Marketing Coordinator.