C.J. was born and raised in Trumbull, Connecticut, and graduated from Trumbull High School in 2011. C.J went on to play baseball his first year at NJCAA Division I Community College of Rhode Island. He then transferred to the University of Rhode Island briefly before finishing his collegiate baseball career at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT. He graduated in 2016 with a degree in business. C.J. received his personal training certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine with specializations in corrective exercises and performance enhancement while also being FMS & FCS sanctioned. He is a certified Driveline trainer with experience using HitTrax and Blast Motion technology. C.J. joined Zone Nation Sports in 2015.