John "Delf" Delf-Montgomery Jr.

Director of Sports Performance


John Delf-Montgomery Jr is the Director of Sports Performance for HPC Springfield and will handle all day-to-day operations. Prior to HPC, John "Delf" spent 2-years as the first-ever Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach at the University of Illinois - Springfield (UIS). Before his time at UIS, John was an assistant strength & conditioning coach at Shorter University in Rome, Georgia.

During his time at UIS, Delf directly oversaw all training for Men's Soccer, Men's and Women's Golf, Women's Basketball, Volleyball, and Track Field event athletes. He also assisted the other 6 varsity teams. During his stint at NCAA Division II Shorter University he was the graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach for 6 Gulf South Conference varsity teams. While there, Delf also assisted with Fellowship of Christian Athlete (FCA) for the student-athletes on campus.

Delf has also spent time as a Strength and Conditioning Intern with The University of New Mexico football program during the summer of 2017.


Delf is a native of Cumming, Georgia and is certified with the United States of America Weightlifting Inc. (USAW) and National Strength & Conditioning Association (CSCS). A two-sport collegiate athlete, Delf played both football and basketball at Berry College in Rome, Ga. While at Berry, Delf was part of three conference titles (2 football and 1 basketball) as a member of the Southern Athletic Association (SAA). He received his Masters degree in Education from UIS in 2020 and Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology from Berry College in 2018.

Contact information: johndelfmo@gmail.com - (770) 833-5713

Drake Berberet is the co-owner and Head of Performance at HPC. Prior to HPC, Drake spent 2-years as the Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach for the University of Illinois Men's Basketball Team. Before his time at Illinois, Drake worked as a Sport Scientist at Resilience Code in Denver, Colorado and worked with high-level athletes from the NFL, NBA, MLB, MLS, UFC, and Olympic hopefuls. Drake also spent time at the University of Illinois - Springfield after graduation.

Drake graduated with two degrees in Exercise Science and Human Performance from St. Ambrose University. He also acquired his Master's in Exercise Science & Nutrition from Liberty University. While completing his MS he taught two college courses: Introduction to Weight Lifting and Kinesiology 101. 

Drake is a native of Rochester, Illinois and was apart of 4 Football State Championships. In high school. Drake trained at ER Fitness Inc. under the instruction of Rico (ER Fitness Inc. Original Founder). It was here that he found his passion for training athletes. During his undergrad Drake was an assistant performance coach at ER Fitness Inc. and learned Rico's system that he spend +25 years mastering.

Drake currently works for Hawkin Dynamics - a sport technology company that provides athletic testing solutions to professional, college, private sector, physical therapy, and military organizations all over the world. He also runs his own business Strength 2 Speed LLC - which provides online training services to athletes worldwide, and also data analytic consulting services for companies in the sport performance sector. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Drake started and helped raise $162,103.16 for those in the service industry who lost their jobs or were furloughed (Coaches vs. COVID-19 Fundraiser).

Drake will oversee all training at HPC and will assist John Delf-Montgomery Jr. with designing training programs for athletes.

Contact information: d.berberet2@gmail.com 

Drake Berberet

Co-Owner, Head of Performance


Robbie Kelley

Co-Owner, Director of Operations


Robbie Kelley is a 2014 graduate of Rochester High school. He was an all-state QB under Derek Leonard, and was apart of the group to have 4 state championships at Rochester. He also played basketball and was 1st team all conference in the CS8 in baseball his senior year. Upon graduation, he went on to Quincy University, where he graduated in 3-years with his bachelors in business management. Athletically, he broke a majority of the single season passing records for the QU Hawks.


He grad-transfered to the University of Akron in the MAC (Mid-American Conference) under Terry Bowden. At his time in Akron, he got his MBA with a concentration in management and also got a masters of Sports Administration while earning academic All-American. Athletically, he was able to play in a MAC championship game at Ford Field, the Detroit Lions field, played in the Boca Raton bowl against FAU and Lane Kiffin, and play against Saquon Barkley in Happy Valley.

Robbie is extremely excited to co-own and be apart of the HPC team for a multitude of reasons - the first and biggest is to be able to invest and give back to a community that has invested and supported me immensely in my athletic career. I am forever indebted to the city of Rochester/Springfield and people like Derek Leonard- who have poured everything they have into me to see me succeed. Now it is our turn at ER to be able to pass that on to the younger generation and build on the foundation built here by Rico!


Robbie will conduct day-to-day operations as well as conduct football / QB clinics.

Contact information: 217-899-3383

Brian McNeil

Co-Owner, Physical Therapist MPT,

Certified Titleist Performance Institute

Brian McNeil is a physical therapist and co-owner of HPC. Prior to HPC, Brian has been practicing physical therapy since 2007. He is certified in TPI golf performance program and has worked with a variety of age groups from juniors to advance golfers. Brian has an extensive background in training athletes for rehab and recovery with injuries of all types. 

Brian graduated from Quincy University in 2003 with a major in pre-med and minor in chemistry.  He then graduated with a Masters in Physical Therapy from St Louis University.  Brian played 4-years of college basketball at Quincy University and at that time was an all-American and 3rd leading scorer in school history. Brian had been honored in Quincy Notre Dame Hall of Fame for basketball. 

Brian was a manager and partner of a physical therapy business for 11-years. Brian currently works for Residential Home Health as a physical therapist.  

Brian is excited and motivated to assist athletes at HPC with improving their performance and providing a place to achieve there goals. Brian will be providing the TPI program for golfers of all ages and skill levels. 

Contact information: brian50mcneil@gmail.com


Bo Bennett

Performance Coach

NASM- Corrective Exercise / Enhanced Performance Specialist

Bo Bennett graduated from Williamsville High School in 2012. After graduation he headed to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to pursue his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and eventually Physical Therapy. His plans changed once a professor reached out to him in undergrad with a job opportunity to be a personal trainer in the St. Louis area. There he found his passion for helping clients reach their fitness & performance goals.


After graduation Bo decided to move back to the Springfield to work as a personal trainer. He spent his first year working at the local YMCA and also the rehabilitation floor at Memorial Hospital.


He quickly experienced growth as a personal trainer and decided to devote all of his time to that craft. For the last 3-years Bo has been a personal trainer in the Springfield area, as well as training clients across the country online.


Bo has worked with a wide variety of clients ranging from ages 8 to 90; and differing in abilities from a paraplegic to high level collegiate athletes. Bo says he has enjoyed every experience equally, and is always up for a new challenge in helping someone reach their goal. "Being a personal trainer is much more than knowing how to teach people the ins and outs of the exercise and nutrition world - communication is key. No two people are the same and one of the hardest parts about training is figuring out what works for your client, not what works for the masses."