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About East Coast Athletics

East Coast Athletics, formerly known as Overdrive Training, is a Sport-Specific and Youth Training facility. We are the athletic training and youth training division of East Coast/West Coast Strength located in Carlstadt, NJ.


East Coast Athletics specializes in Sport-Specific Training and Youth Speed/Agility Training. Our training styles include Olympic-style lifting, speed and agility work, dynamic and functional training, and conditioning. All training varies for athletes of all sports. Our athletes consist of boys and girls aged from 7 years old all the way through high school and college athletes.





John Valenti

Owner; Strength & Functional Training Coach


  • 16 years as a Personal Trainer

  • American Heart CPR/AED Instructor

  • American Heart First Aid Instructor

  • 21 years of coaching multiple HS Sports

  • Captain of the 1989 Hall of Fame Wrestling Team

  • One time Javelin School Record holder

  • League, County & State Honors in Football, Wrestling & Track

  • Specialty; O-Lineman, D-Linebacker Upper weight wrestlers, Shot-Put, Jav & Disc Throwers

  • Committed to helping athletes achieve their goals

  • Graduated from AIU with a degree in Business Management.



John Valenti is a dedicated high school football/wrestling / indoor/outdoor track coach and has been for the past 21 years. John has coached in both public and parochial high schools with most of his accolades as the head throws coach at Hasbrouck Heights High School in Bergen County New Jersey. As the throws coach for Hasbrouck Heights, Coach Valenti implemented a very unique strength and conditioning program that constantly challenged his throwers both physically and mentally. This “odd object training” and “core conditioning system” that is so widely used now, has been used by the Hasbrouck Heights throwers for the past 15 years.


As a track coach, John has coached 16 different male and female high school athletes that rank among the top 50 on the Bergen County Track All-Time Performance list, and out of those athletes, 7 of them rank in the top 26 All-Time. Also as a track Coach John has coached more 50 plus ft. shot putters in Bergen County than any other track coach in county history, not to mention the 8 different girls that have thrown over 36 plus ft., four of which were 39 ft shot putters. Coach Valenti is also responsible for coaching over 12 1st team All-Bergen County Athletes, 57 1st Team All-League Athletes, and has coached 18 State Group 1 Champions.


He has had many of his former throwers get accepted to colleges and receive athletic scholarships to schools that include University of Delaware (Irene Cudeno), Monmouth University (Joe Sentipal, Bryan Fill), Coastal Carolina (Bryan Fill), Towson University (Taylor Condal), Felician College (Renee Wilson), as well as the countless number of athletes that have competed in Division 2 and Division 3 schools like Ramapo College, Montclair University, William Paterson, New Haven, and many more. In addition, he has also had 10 of his athletes qualify and be invited to the Penn Relays, also known as The Championship of America, in Shot, Disc and Javelin.


2010 NJ State Coaches Hall of Fame Inductee, Robert Brady stated “Coach Valenti’s training philosophy has taken our throwers, and ultimately our program, to another level. I owe a lot of our team’s success to him and his weight team’s ability to rise to the level of competition and score big points in big meets.”

Darren Iurato

Part Owner; Strength & Speed Coach


Darren Iurato specializes in Sports Specific Training and Speed/Agility training at all age levels. Darren incorporates both Olympic lifts along with high-intensity dynamic workouts in his training. Darren is a student-athlete at Montclair State University where he is pursuing his degree and playing football. Darren graduated from Hasbrouck Heights High School in 2014. He was a three-sport athlete in Football, Spring Track, and Winter Track. He earned State, Bergen County, and NJIC honors between both football and track. Darren is now also coaching with the Hasbrouck Heights High School football team, as well as youth football. Darren looks forward to training and coaching all athletes and assisting them to achieve their goals.​

Dimitri Forde

Sport-Specific and Speed Coach


Dimitri specializes in Sports Specific Training and Speed/Agility training at all age levels. Dimitri is a student at Montclair State University. Dimitri graduated from Hasbrouck Heights High School in 2014. He was an offensive and defensive linemen for the 2013 Hasbrouck Heights High School football team. He assisted in bringing the Aviators to the North 1 Group 1 State Finals. Dimitri looks forward to training and coaching all athletes and assisting them to achieve their goals.

Sarah Schmitt

Youth Training & Sport-Specific Coach


Sarah Schmitt specializes in youth training as well as sport-specific training. Sarah incorporates footwork, agility, and functional workouts in all her training. Sarah is currently a student at Montclair State University. Sarah graduated from Hasbrouck Heights High School in 2016. In high school, Sarah was a runner and jumper for both the winter and spring track team. Over the period of Sarah's 8 seasons of track, she earned the honors of; All-Bergen County in High Jump & multiple recognitions for 1st Team All NJIC in pole vault, triple jump, and high jump. Sarah looks forward to training and coaching all athletes and assisting them to achieve their goals.

PJ Incremona

Sport-Specific & Speed Coach


Pj is a sport-specific coach who specializes in football, basketball, and track for all age groups. Pj incorporates functional training, high intensity dynamic training, and speed/footwork in his workouts. Pj was a 4 year starter playing running back and linebacker at Wood Ridge High School. He was a 2 year captain with county and league honors. He also was a javelin, shot and discus thrower for his track team, as well as played basketball. Pj graduated from Wilkes University where he was a 3 year starter and senior captain for their football program. 

Jessica Sarubbi

Functional Training Coach


Jessica Sarubbi specializes in sports specific training, footwork and conditioning with a focus on track and field (throws) and long distance running. She is a registered nurse with a specialty in pediatric emergency room and is CPR and PALS certified. Jessica was a multi-sport high school athlete including varsity volleyball, softball, and track and field. A past athlete of the week recipient for javelin and a recent inductee to her high school sports hall of fame. Jessica has been an avid long distance runner for the past 9 years and has just completed her 13th full marathon. She is a 2017 Boston Marathon qualifier and has 7 sub 4-hour marathons under her belt. She trains for all distances including 5ks, 8ks, 10ks, 15ks, half marathons and full marathons. She enjoys working with high school students looking to improve their throwing and running and also adults of all ability looking to pursue and attain their goals.


Our Address:

645 Industrial Road

Carlstadt, NJ 07072


John Valenti: 201-290-6090

Darren Iurato: 201-783-3538