CrossFit Level 1
Olympic Lifting Coach
CrossFit Level 2
Growing up in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, I began my athletic career at an early age. My dad was a great hockey and basketball coach so he introduced me to those and many other sports, first in our backyard, and then as a part of neighborhood and city teams. I loved sports (and still do)! As a kid, I played hockey, soccer, baseball, and swam competitively. In high school, I was a part of the volleyball, basketball, wrestling, badminton, and cross-country teams. I tried everything! I wasn’t ever a star in one single sport, but I worked hard and was good at many, so when I was introduced to CrossFit, it was a perfect match! As a non-specialist, I was excited to be part of a sport that challenged many different aspects of fitness, and forced me each day to learn and improve myself as an athlete.
I began coaching when I was 16 years old with my summer club swim team. Since then, there hasn’t been a year that I haven’t coached! I have worked with novice athletes first learning their sport, to college athletes competing at the national level. In all my experiences I have worked with great mentor coaches who have inspired me to challenge myself along with my athletes to be the best that I can be. I am now working at Hawaii Preparatory Academy, teaching high school physics and coaching the varsity water polo and swim teams. These young athletes are eager to learn and push me to continue to do the same.
I completed my CrossFit Level 1 coaching certification in January 2014 and am stoked to be a part of the great group of coaches at our box. Since then I have attended the Outlaw Barbell training camp and have developed a passion for Olympic Weightlifting. It is a fascinating sport – and a huge part of CrossFit! I am a stickler for technique and am constantly looking for ways to improve my own technique, as well as the technique of the lifters in our gym. Each Wednesday night, I host an Olympic Weightlifting class with technique as the specific focus. We work through drills and breakdown technique so that we can be efficient and smart lifters.
Along with my wife Lauren, and our daughter Zoë, I am so excited to be a part of CrossFit Kawaihae. The box community is so incredibly supportive and fun to be around. Each day we work hard, push each other, and challenge ourselves to be better than we were the day before. Then we laugh, joke around and play together when the workout is all said and done. I couldn’t be happier to be part of this gym, and I am so inspired to be coaching great athletes every day.