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Elijah Gaines

Elijah Gaines | Performance Coach

Elijah was born and raised in San Pedro, California. At age four, sports became a true passion leading him to his success in basketball. As a graduate of San Pedro High School in 2013, he played all four years on the basketball team along with playing volleyball for two years. Unfortunately, Elijah suffered two big injuries that put a halt to his seasons. During the summer leading into his sophomore year, he fractured his tibia and dislocated his kneecap ending his season, however, Elijah made a return mid-way through the season. Unfortunately, that same year, he injured himself again with a fractured medial epicondyle in his elbow. Due to this experience, Elijah gained an interest in Kinesiology and attended Long Beach City Junior College. In two years playing basketball for the Vikings, with a combined record of 42-10, he received First Team All-Conference nominations and was named a JUCO All-American. His success at LBCC carried him into receiving a full athletic at Pittsburg State University in Kansas. Despite only playing one year, Elijah decided to focus on his academics transferring to California State University, Dominguez Hills. He graduated in Spring 2020 with a Bachelors in Kinesiology, with an emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy. Immediately after college, Elijah stepped into his first coaching experience for an AAU program based out of Los Angeles and shortly after was presented with the opportunity to be a coach of Sage Hill High School boys and girls basketball team. Elijah joined ROCK Institute as a Performance Coach, specializing in sports performance. “I have always felt it was my duty to help people. To this day I enjoy passing the knowledge acquired through a broad spectrum of experience to others through the medium of the human body.” Elijah finds great satisfaction to see others achieve their goals, whether it is recovery from injury or surgery, strengthening the body for competition, or just becoming fit. Elijah enjoys pushing athletes to the next level while developing confidence within themselves that anything is possible. He truly loves what he does, and whether he is working with a young athlete, professional athlete, or working with a pre/post-surgical patient, he gives his all to see them succeed.