The Charleston Battery have formed a unique partnership with Onyx Elite, a leading strength, conditioning and training provider based in Richmond, Va. Founded by former U.S. Men’s National Team mainstay Oguchi Onyewu, Onyx will assist in the development and implementation of individualized training programs for the Charleston Battery roster during the 2021 season.
Onyewu and the Onyx Elite team have incorporated training systems for world-class athletes including NBA players, NFL players and numerous members of the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team. Through the Onyx Plus program, Onyewu and lead trainer Chris Gorres will work with the Battery technical staff to incorporate adaptable training systems based on the needs of each individual player.
“I had been watching Gooch and Chris’s work, what they have done with a number of elite athletes,” said Battery assistant coach John Wilson. “Collaborating with a group focused in sports science like Onyx, who can get specific with what our guys need, it adds an edge to our training programs”
“We’re excited to be partnering with a historic club like the Battery and help facilitate additional strength, conditioning, and training opportunities for their players,” said Onyewu. “It means the world to us that the team has that level of trust and commitment in our ability and we look forward to collaborating on this season’s training programs.”
Speaking further on the partnership with Onyx Elite, Wilson added, “It’s very exciting to be able to work with someone who has established themselves as an elite training program provider. As a coaching staff, we look for the best and ensure that any partners we work with are a good fit with what we do here in Charleston – Onyx is the best and most capable to supplement our training and get the best performance out of each player.”
The Battery kick off the preseason this month as they travel to a series of friendlies against Atlanta United, Minnesota United FC and Inter Miami CF. The preseason wraps up ahead of the 2021 USL Championship Regular Season starting in May with additional preseason exhibitions at Patriots Point expected to be announced soon.