Captain - Highlands Fire Department
- CrossFit Level 1 Instructor
Other Seminars, Certifications, Education
- Associates of Applied Science in Fire Science
- Firefighting related leadership and skill based training
I’ve been an active person who enjoys the outdoors since I was a child. I never competed in high school or collegiate sports, but have a competitive nature when it comes to certain things. I feel most at home outside with a fly rod or rifle in hand and boots on my feet. Naturally, Scouting was a part of my life and I’m proud to say I earned my Eagle Scout like my father and brother before me.
In 2005 I was hired as a full time Firefighter/EMT. Fitness became a necessity to do my job well. Luckily, I was introduced to CrossFit through my brother in the early 2000’s. He was in Army Special Operations at the time and his team used it frequently for PT. I used that rudimentary understanding of CrossFit along with traditional bodybuilding and cardio as a new firefighter. In 2009 our department adopted CrossFit as a PT program and Todd and I took the Level 1 trainers course together. We learned many lessons that we would benefit from later.
When Todd opened Vert the atmosphere was invigorating, I was already convinced of the benefits but now I was hooked! This is what a CrossFit gym is supposed to be like! Fun. Positive. Supportive…people meeting new people and sharing an experience, not just existing and plodding through a workout individually. It captured the essence of CrossFit and community and I wanted to be a part of it.
Coaching has been more fulfilling than I ever anticipated. Witnessing achievement as it happens is truly inspiring and being a part of that is extremely rewarding. I try to coach each individual in a manner that they’re receptive to and create a positive atmosphere for our athletes each time they come to the gym. I believe stepping through the door to make you better shouldn’t just be a difficult endeavor. I am here to help you make it work for you.
Sharing CrossFit with my wife and daughter has been a life changing experience. It molded a healthy lifestyle and strengthened our bond. We’ve learned a lot about each other and ourselves though the WOD. Now there isn’t a question of if we’re going to the gym but when we’re going to the gym.
I look forward to learning along side our other athletes and growing as CrossFit Vert grows. It’s gone far in a short amount of time and is only bound to get better.