Meet The Team

  • Headshot of Will Bartholomew

    Will Bartholomew

    Founder & CEO

    Will Bartholomew founded D1 Sports Training in 2001 in his hometown of Nashville, TN.

    His passion for sport developed early, earning All-State honors in three sports in high school (football, wresting, and track). Will followed his passion for sport to The University of Tennessee where he played fullback for Peyton Manning. While at Tennessee, Will won the 1998 National Championship and captained the team in 2001. At Tennessee, he found his passion for lifting and the training foundation for D1 Sports Training.

    Will’s vision for D1 grew into a multi-million-dollar company with over 40 training locations across the country. Men’s Health recognized D1 as a TOP 30 Gym. D1 is acknowledged as one of the 50 fastest growing companies.

    Will’s involvement in his community goes beyond D1. He is a part of the Young President Organization. In his personal life Will is married to Shelly Bartholomew, former Miss Teen USA, and current model. They have three children Nolyn, Ty, and Mack.

    Fun facts:

    • Will’s favorite exercise is Bench Press
    • Will didn’t drink alcohol until he was 27
    • Will enjoys fishing, golf, and hiking; basically, all the sports he was not born to do.
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    Dan Murphy

    Chief Operating Officer

    Dan Murphy joined the D1 team in 2005 and currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer.

    His passion for athletics and training was born out of his experience attending the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he was the captain of the soccer team. After serving in the Army, Dan moved to Nashville and received his MBA from Vanderbilt University. While in school, he became a member at the first D1 facility and partnered with Will to help grow his vision for D1 nationally.

    As COO, Dan oversees company partnerships and monitors operational and strategic priorities for the D1 franchise management team. He was an integral part of the company’s expansion outside of the southeast and has played a pivotal role in turning D1 into a multi-million-dollar franchise company.

    In his personal life, Dan is married to Stephanie. They have three children, Braden, Haley and Mason.

    Fun Facts:


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    Austin Clark

    Vice President of Operations

    Austin Clark joined the D1 system in June, 2020 and has served in a variety of roles during his tenure with D1. Austin’s first introduction to D1 was in the role of General Manager at D1 Cool Springs. After seeing record growth during his time in that role, he transitioned to being an owner of a single unit. Today, Austin is the largest D1 Training Franchise owner in the system owning numerous D1’s across many states. As the Vice President of Operations for D1 Training, Austin is responsible for building meaningful relationships with the franchisees to better understand the needs of their business. With his experience, Austin gives strategic direction to the entire system in order to deliver sustainable revenue, market, and profit growth.

    Austin is originally from Cottonwood, California. He attended California State University of Sacramento where he earned his Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in strength and conditioning. Later, Austin received his MBA with an emphasis on Entrepreneurship and Global Business. Austin is married to his wife Madelyn, who he met at D1, and has a five-month-old son named Titus.

    Fun Facts:

    • He played Division 1 football for Sacramento State and was a three-year team captain.
    • Austin met his wife at D1
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    Emily Andreoli

    Vice President of Finance and Accounting

    Emily Andreoli joined D1 in 2018 and currently serves as the Vice President of Finance and Accounting for both Home Office and D1 Cool Springs.

    Emily manages the internal financial reporting process, franchisee billing and reporting, and other accounting-related systems and projects. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Carolina with dual degrees in Finance and Sport & Entertainment Management before moving to Nashville to pursue a career in the music industry. After a few years self-releasing music and later working as a tour accountant for multiple international touring acts, she went back to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for her Masters of Accounting.

    Emily lives in Nashville and has loved becoming a part of both the fitness industry and the D1 community.

    Fun Facts:

    • Emily can be found having life chats by a bonfire
    • She loves listening to live music.
    • Emily is always searching for the best queso in town. Ask about her favorite!
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    Matt Toy

    Vice President of Marketing

    Matt Toy rejoined D1 in 2023 as the Vice President of Marketing after serving in a similar capacity at D1 from 2006 to 2012.

    Matt brings to the team a high-level of knowledge and expertise, boasting more than two decades of marketing and communications experience. In his first stint at D1, he played a strategic role in helping advance the business from three to 21 locations, while strengthening overall brand recognition. In addition to his time at D1, Matt has served as an executive for a large social media app, oversaw marketing at a university for eight years and has worked in the NFL, college and high school athletics.

    On a personal note, Matt and his family live in Franklin, Tennessee where he serves on a few local non-profit boards that center around mental health or youth athletics. Matt and his wife, Melissa, have three children Annie, James and Maggie.

    Fun facts:

    • Matt spends most of his free time at a local field or court coaching his kids
    • Matt once jumped through the ceiling at the D1 home office
    • Matt’s greatest marketing achievement was the D1 “Call Me Maybe” video in 2013
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    Julie Bauer

    Director of Franchise Development

    Julie Bauer joined the D1 team in 2022 as Director of Franchise Development. Julie has a BS in Business Management from Towson University. Prior to joining the D1 team, Julie worked as a Business Consultant for small business owners in the pharmaceutical and fitness industries. Julie is passionate about mentoring young athletes through fitness and sports. She currently lives in Maryland with her husband Collin, and their two kids Eva & Jack.

    Fun Facts:

    Home is wherever football takes me! My husband is a football coach, which makes life a constant adventure!

    You never need to convince me to go out on Broadway! Nashville is my favorite city.

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    Richard Collins

    Director of Franchise Development

    Richard Collins joined the D1 family in 2021 as the Director of Franchise Development. Richard has a BS in Kinesiology from California State University of Chico. Prior to joining D1 Richard spent 3 years teaching physical education and health at the high school level. Most recently Richard spent 10 years working for 24 Hour Fitness, which allowed him to hold numerous leadership titles during his tenure. His love for introducing Fitness to young athletes, sales, business and working with like minded people made D1 a natural fit. Richard currently lives outside of Denver with his Wife Amanda, their two kids Cassidy and Declan and their dog Dublin.

    Fun Facts:

    • Love to snowboard
    • I have the biggest calves in the D1 family
    • I recently bought a Traeger, and now I think I’m a grill master
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    Bryant Howell

    Franchise Development Representative

    Bryant Howell joined the D1 team in 2021 and currently serves as Franchise Development Rep. Bryant graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a BS in Kinesiotherapy. After graduation, Bryant joined the team at East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie, Louisiana where he worked on developing classes and programs for stroke patients. In 2017, he started working as a personal trainer and manager or Braxton Gilbert Fitness in Mobile, AL. His work there gave him the opportunity to open his own gym in 2020. His love for sales and helping people brought him to D1 soon after! Bryant currently lives in Mobile with his wife Alissia and dog Roux.

    Fun Facts:

    • Coffee is his love language.
    • Working out is my favorite time of day.
    • Refuses to believe he’s too old to be a pro gamer.
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    Nick Trolian

    Field Support Consultant

    Nick Trolian joined the D1 team in 2022 and currently serves as the Field Support Consultant for the Western Region.

    His passion for athletics and training originated from his experience as a college athlete at Davenport University located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Here he obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration with a focus in Sports Management. Shortly following the completion of his collegiate career, he found his love for the fitness industry when he began working at Planet Fitness. Quickly working his way up the ranks, he held many positions such as Assistant Manager, General Manager, & General Manager Trainer/Regional Manager. After making a life decision to move from Michigan to Indianapolis, Nick was on the job hunt, and this is where he found D1. Nick worked as the General Manager of a D1 facility for about a year before transitioning into his final role before joining the D1 Home Office team. During this time Nick served as a District Manager for Massage Envy where his primary role was to drive revenue and increase profitability amongst all 30+ locations in the state of Indiana.

    On the personal side, Nick resides in Indianapolis where he lives with his girlfriend Taylor and their dog Loki.

    Fun Facts:

    Nick is originally from the South Suburbs of Chicago

    His favorite hobbies include trying new restaurants with Taylor, working out, and playing video games.

    You will never catch him not wearing a chain.

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    Nick Kerhoulas

    Creative Director

    Nick Kerhoulas joined D1 Nation in 2023 and currently serves as the Creative Director. 

    Nick is from small town North Carolina. He played soccer at Asbury University where he graduated with a Bachelors degree in Media and Communications. Nick has worked in the creative industry for the past 12 years. He believes in the power of pre-production, creative collaboration, and brand expression.

    Nick has branded large scale non-profits, has served as sr. designer and marketing strategist in higher education, and has stood up a successful freelance business in strategy, design and photography.

    Nick is coming to D1 from an online agency where he served as the creative director and brand builder. Nick leans on lessons learned from his athletic career, experience in the field, and his recent MBA to get D1 to the next level. 

    Fun Facts

    • Nick and his family call Nashville, Tennessee home. 
    • Nick spends a lot of time sipping coffee at local shops. 
    • Nick loves chasing his two boys Jack and Beckett
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    Chad Barribeau

    Field Support Consultant

    Chad Barribeau joined the D1 Home Office team in 2022 and currently serves as the Field Support Consultant for the Eastern Region. Chad's passion for the fitness industry began when he first started training with a strength and conditioning coach in high school while competing in both soccer and golf. This passion led him to a degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Nutrition at Michigan State University. Chad got his start in the field as a Strength Coach and later became the Performance Director where his focus was on training youth athletes up to the professional level. Looking to get out of his home state of Michigan, he decided to relocate to Austin, TX. This is where he first joined D1 in 2020 and spent time as a General Manager and later Regional General Manager for 1.5 years prior to joining the Home Office team. His onsite knowledge across all aspects of the business makes him bring an immensely valuable skill set to the team as he helps drive revenue and profitability for his locations.

    Fun Facts:

    • Chad spends all his free time golfing or on the lake.
    • Chad has never had a headache.
    • Chad is obsessed with Italian food.
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    Jake Van Der Stad

    Director of Pre-Sales

    Jake Van Der Stad joined the D1 team in 2023 and currently serves as the Director of Pre-Sales.

    Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Jake started his fitness career over 20+ years ago. Over that time, Jake has held numerous positions including General Manager, Fitness Manager, Area Manager, Regional Manager, Director of Operations and Executive Vice President. Jake has overseen as many as 56 locations generating upwards of $75 million in annual revenue and has also supported 100+ locations as a Franchise Operations Manager as well. Jake has built his career as a highly productive sales executive able to build and maintain high performing sales teams as well as new customer relationships. While combining expert strategic planning and business planning skills with consistent success in outperforming the competition and delivering sustainable revenue, market and profit growth. Jake currently lives in Orange County with his wife, Jade, daughter Alana and two dogs, Gatsby and Panda.

    Fun Facts:

    • Jake has never lost at arm-wrestling.
    • He once did 102 pushups in 60 seconds.
    • Jake's favorite food is donuts.