Mark Nemish is entering his 11th season as Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Washington Capitals. Nemish is responsible for the team's overall strength and conditioning programs and plays an important role in the planning and implementation of the offseason conditioning programs of all players in the organization. In addition, he works directly with Capitals athletic trainers Greg Smith and Ben Reisz and team doctors in the rehabilitation of all injured players.
Nemish joined the Capitals during the time he owned and operated Dynamic Sports Performance training center in Ashburn, Va. Prior to moving to Virginia, Nemish spent six seasons as the strength and conditioning coach for the Nashville Predators.
A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Nemish received his Master of Science degree in exercise science from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks in 1996.
Nemish, an avid golfer, resides in Round Hill, Va., with his wife Tammy and their two children, Kendall and Kailani.
Jason Serbus joins the Washington Capitals for his first season as Head Athletic Trainer.
Prior to joining Washington, Serbus, 42, was the head athletic trainer with the Arizona Coyotes for nine seasons, where he oversaw all aspects of the team's medical operations. Serbus also has served as the athletic trainer for the USA Hockey U-17 team on four occasions. He worked as an athletic trainer for the U.S. Men's National Team for the second time at the 2016 IIHF World Championship in Russia after being with the Men's National Team during the 2009 IIHF World Championship in Switzerland. Additionally, he worked three seasons as an assistant athletic trainer with the Tampa Bay Lightning and four seasons with the Pensacola Ice Pilots of the ECHL, earning "Athletic Trainer of the Year for Professional Sports" honors by the Athletic Trainers' Association of Florida in 2003.
A native of Bird Island, Minnesota, Serbus has worked with Eisbaren Berlin, the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, the Central Texas Stampede of the Western Professional Hockey League and served as a staff athletic trainer at NovaCare Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine in Florida. A certified member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association, the Arizona Board of Athletic Training, and the Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Society, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and a Master of Arts degree in Physical Education/emphasis in Exercise Physiology from the University of Northern Colorado.
Michael Booi joins the Washington Capitals for his first season as Assistant Athletic Trainer.
Booi, 35, joins the Capitals after spending last season as the Coyotes assistant athletic trainer. Booi spent the previous five years as the team's AHL athletic trainer. Prior to joining the Coyotes organization, Booi worked as an athletic trainer for the Greenville Road Warriors in the ECHL and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
The Lake Odessa, Michigan, native completed his undergraduate studies at Michigan State University, earning a degree in kinesiology and received his master's degree in athletic training at the University of Kentucky.
Cleo Bates joins the Washington Capitals for his first season as the team's massage therapist. Prior to joining the Capitals, Bates worked as the massage therapist for the Dallas Stars for nine seasons.
Bates has obtained certifications in several active release techniques, which include active palpation. Bates is certified in ELDOA I, II and III, myofascial stretching and corrective exercise and rehabilitation. In 2015, Bates obtained his message therapy instructors license. Additionally, Bates co-coordinated pre and post-season hockey training camps held at the Legacy Performance Center in Dallas. Bates is currently participating in the Soma Therapy and Soma Training program with Guy Voyer, DO.
A graduate of the Texas Massage Institute and a state-license therapist, Bates resides in Arlington, VA.
Brock Myles is entering his 12th season as Head Equipment Manager with the Washington Capitals. Myles joined the Capitals after spending eight seasons in the American Hockey League (AHL), where he served as the head equipment manager for both the Portland Pirates (2001-06) and the Louisville Panthers (1999-01). Prior to his stint in the AHL, Myles worked as the head equipment manager for the Port Huron Border Cats and the Detroit Falcons of the United Hockey League (UHL).
Myles received his degree in sports administration from Durham College in Oshawa and Sports Equipment and Business from Humber College in Toronto. Myles, a native of Chesley, Ont., became a United States citizen in July 2013. He resides in Alexandria, Va., with his wife Shannon, and their two children. Myles enjoys golf and traveling and is a member of the Society of Professional Hockey Equipment Managers (SPHEM).
Craig Leydig enters his 29th season with the Washington Capitals as Assistant Equipment Manager.
During his tenure with the Capitals, Leydig received numerous professional honors. Leydig oversaw the locker room operations in the 2009 NCAA Frozen Four Tournament in Washington, D.C. and represented the team in the 1999 NHL All-Star Game in Tampa Bay, Florida. Leydig joined the Capitals from the New York Islanders, where he served one season as the assistant athletic trainer.
A native of Washington, D.C., Leydig, who is certified in Advanced First Aid and CPR, attended Prince George's Community College in Maryland. He has three children: Cameron, Luke and Brooke.
Dave Marin returns for his 10th year with the Washington Capitals and seventh season as the Equipment Assistant.
Marin splits his duties between assisting the Capitals equipment staff with the day-to-day equipment and locker room maintenance, and serving as the visiting dressing room manager. A native of Alexandria, Va., Marin manages the visiting team equipment upon arrival and assists the visiting team's equipment manager with all of his needs while in town.
Prior to joining the Capitals, Marin spent two years as assistant equipment manager with the Columbia Inferno of the ECHL. He and his wife, Rachel, reside in Arlington, Va.
Ray Straccia is entering his fourth season with the Capitals and third season as Locker Room Assistant.
Straccia assists in maintaining the Kettler Capitals Iceplex and Verizon Center locker room facilities as well as player equipment. He also assists in visiting team equipment transportation. A native of Allentown, Pa., Straccia graduated from the University of Scranton and received his Master of Professional Studies in Sports Industry Management from Georgetown University. He lives in Washington, D.C.