As an athlete growing up on Kent Island in the 90’s - 2000’s, Robert Woolley (founder and owner) realized that of his many peers and teammates who were gifted athletes, very few of them were further pursuing their talents and passion at the collegiate level. His mission became to build an environment that would foster the growth of local student athletes, helping them create opportunities for themselves past the high school playing level. Of that idea, The Edge Training Academy was born, opening its very first location in 2013. The initial goal of sending just one athlete each year to college to pursue their sport at the NCAA level was quickly exceeded. Since then, we have realized that the theme of people dismissing their desire to be their best due to a lack of resources, opportunity, and support was more widespread than just student athletes. We have expanded our location to hold a full gym open to all, and with that our initiative to help not only student athletes, but people of all backgrounds to reach their full potential, whatever that means to them.
In 2016, the opportunity to convert a 25,000 ft² building into a sports arena presented itself, becoming The Edge Arena. Over the years, we have hosted a variety of events, including youth & adult leagues, tournaments, team practices, open plays, fitness classes, birthday parties, proms, church services, community gatherings, and much more. Our youth leagues in particular have become regionally renowned, pulling players from all throughout the state. We take pride in providing a space for people to come together and enjoy themselves.
Behind the scenes, our non-profit Giving The Edge Foundation has been a driving force in keeping us grounded to the community. Kickstarted by a generous, anonymous donation in 2013, the foundation is all about empowering the next generation of our community. We do this by offering fitness, character development, and fun activities, funding positive behavior incentives in local schools, showing the importance of giving back through community service opportunities, making all of our programs financially accessible and offering financial support, and more. We believe that by providing kids with the opportunities and support to grow will lead them to become successful, caring, responsible, and productive adults who will carry on our mission of giving back and helping others.
The Edge is proud to be a family owned and operated organization that prioritizes putting community first!
MEET THE TEAM
Robert grew up on Kent Island spending his time playing in youth leagues, establishing his lifelong passion for sports. He matured into a leader, often earning him the title of team captain as a high school athlete. He earned his Bachelors of Science with Honors in Exercise Science and Business from Salisbury University. Throughout college and beyond, Woolley has always made time for coaching at his high school alma mater. Over a collective 30+ seasons of coaching, his most memorable experiences include winning State Championships in both 2014 and 2015. With great pride for the community he calls home, Robert uses his spare time to participate in many charity events through his non-profit foundation. Bringing together his passion for fitness, coaching, and community, The Edge was born in 2013, starting as a place where student athletes can work to better themselves both on and off the field of play. As a result, hundreds of trainees have successfully advanced to pursue their dreams of playing at collegiate level and beyond. Robert lives by the motto, “Win the Day” measuring his wins in the way of creating the necessary resources for others to grow and succeed. His doors are always open to provide opportunity for the people of the community in which he lives and serves.
Doug graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 1992, but has always kept his roots on the Eastern Shore. Doug has enjoyed the game of lacrosse for over 40 years! He started playing in high school, continued through his college years into the Men’s Adult league, and became a coach for his daughters as soon as they were old enough to hold a stick. He has always enjoyed an active lifestyle whether that be in his career as a contractor, coaching and playing lacrosse, or spending time fishing on the bay. If on the slim chance you see him working out in the gym, and not upgrading the facilities, make sure to stop and say “hi,” he will gladly talk your ear off.
Facilities Manager / Coach
As a former collegiate athlete with a Bachelor of Science in Health Education and Promotion from Towson University and an ACSM certified personal trainer, Kevin is an advocate for all dimensions of health and wellness, with a strong passion to make an impact. By challenging both the body and mind through an individualized exercise plan that is exclusively designed to help you reach your goals, he truly believes you can achieve far beyond what you ever thought you were capable of. It is his passion and true calling to help people become the happiest and healthiest versions of themselves; you will not only love the way you look, but most importantly you will love the way you feel. Kevin is committed to helping change the mindset from “I can’t” to “I can, and I will,” and believes you can truly unlock your full potential and have the confidence to conquer anything you set your mind to.
"If not now, then when! If not you, then who!"