Coaches

photo-17Josh Martin, CSCS, USAW L1, CF-L2, CrossFit Kids
(Owner & Director of Training)
Hello there everyone! My name is Josh and I’m glad you stumbled across my small piece of the fitness world. A few things about me: I grew up playing all sorts of competitive sports, from baseball to basketball and even some speed skating. I went to the University of Florida where I got my degree in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology and have been very fortunate to work with athletes from a wide range of sports and skill levels. My passion is in helping people reach their health and fitness potential, whatever that may be, and CrossFit has provided the perfect platform for me to do this. Give me the chance to change your life!

Before you entrust me with your health and fitness, I figured it’s only fair to list my experience so you know I’m not just some putz off the street with a few letters after his name and a plain old certificate on the wall…

–         Bachelor’s Degree in APK from the University of Florida…GO GATORS!

–         National Strength and Conditioning Association  (NSCA) – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)

–         CrossFit Level 1 Certified

–         CrossFit Kids

–         USA Weightlifting Level 1

–         Florida Football – Athletic Training Student and sport specific training for football

–         Velocity Sports Performance, Sports Performance Coach – worked with amateur and professional athletes from a wide range of sports, where we focused on sport specific speed, power, and agility training. I also got my start in Olympic Weightlifting here through the tutelage of Rich Lansky, USAW Int’l Coach

–         IMG Performance Institute, Performance Specialist Intern – trained large and small groups of amateur athletes in tennis, golf, baseball, football, and soccer as well as some pros in the MLB, NFL, USTA, and PGA, along with Pro Soccer Club Real Salt Lake.

–         New York Yankees – Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coordinator – helped design and implement the workout programs for all levels of the club while assisting their big-league rehabilitation program

Because I have been incredibly blessed to learn under some of the top minds in the Strength and Conditioning field, I’d like to give some quick thank-you’s:

Jeff Sassone & Korey Goodwin – I got my start in this industry thanks to you two. You were the first ones to truly believe in my potential as a coach, never more evident than that first time you trusted me to take over a class alone – even if you did throw me to the wolves on my first solo run!

David Donatucci & Jason Riley – you two challenged me mentally more so than any college class ever did. You guys (along with Mark Verstegen and Jeff Sassone) were at the forefront of the ‘elite’ sport specific strength and conditioning movement and I’m eternally grateful for the knowledge you passed along to my pea brain.

EJ Amo, Kevin Spera – what can I say, you two trusted me with million dollar players from the New York Yankees. Love or hate that team, it doesn’t get much classier than that!Matsui still has the biggest head I have ever seen!

Matt Wilmoth – you showed me what CrossFit can be and challenged me to push the boundaries of what I thought possible within myself.

Heather Avery, DPT, USAW L1, CF-L2, CrossFit Kids

(Assistant Coach)

Although I have always had an interest in athletics, I have never been particularly athletic myself.  I am a licensed physical therapist with a special interest in pediatrics.  While at Nazareth College in Rochester NY, I worked as a student Athletic Trainer with the men’s and women’s volleyball teams.  I graduated from Naz with my Masters in Physical Therapy in 2008.  I graduated from Temple University with my Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2013.
My Crossfit journey began on the other side of the world in Okinawa Japan.  One of my coworkers had done Crossfit in Miami, and discovered there was a box in Okinawa.  She convinced me that I should try out the boot camp… and from my first WOD where the coach was yelling at me for every single box jump because I was scared of falling on my face… and the days that followed where I couldn’t walk, I was hooked!  I had never found a fitness regime that I could stick to before CrossFit!  Over two years and a Level 1 certification later, I continue to hit PR’s and make progress.

 

 

mj2014051495115044Mark James, US Army Master Fitness Trainer, USAW L1, CF-L1 Trainer Course

(Assistant Coach)

Mark found CrossFit when he walked into CrossFit For Glory in March of 2012 and has never looked back. The passion for fitness developed while serving in the U.S Army during a 25-year career, where the value of General Physical Preparedness for the unknown is a valued asset.  He demonstrated his athletic prowess and excelled at endurance sports to include running and cycling winning numerous events in each sport.

Mark is married and has three children who are also a part of the CrossFit For Glory community.  He is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Education.  Seeing progress and improvements in the athletes at CFG gives him an incomparable feeling of accomplishment no matter age or current physical condition.

– 1994 U.S. Military Road Cycling Champion

– Ranked 39th in Southeast region age group 50-55 2014 Crossfit Open

–  6th place Master’s 40 and over CrossFit Beat Down on the Pier 2013

– B.S. History, Ashford University

Goals:   To advance to the Master Qualification round in the 2015 CrossFit Open.

Favorite WODs:  Helen, Murph

Favorite Movements:  Rowing, Power Cleans, and KB Swings

Weakness:  Mobility, Double Unders and Olympic Lifting

 

 

jimbIMG_0978Jim Buchholz, CF-L1

(Assistant Coach)

Being a competitive athlete is far from foreign to me. Starting soccer at the age of 5, I grew to desire the competitive nature of sports and excelled at them not only in high school but through club teams as well. I’ve played competitive sports since, including football, lacrosse, and hockey and continued with individual sports in snowboarding, surfing, and wake boarding. Not only did I find playing these sports a huge place in my life but teaching them as well. I became an assistant hockey coach for a local NY team and opened my own wakeboard camp in 2003. I went to the University of Scranton and studied chemistry where I was able to understand the foundation of most nutraceutical products and continued my life working as a chemist and keeping sports as a main focus in my life. In 2011 I was introduced to CrossFit and have been hooked since. The great community, hard workouts, and intense competition has brought CrossFit as a main outlet and source of fun in an extremely busy schedule. In 2012 I received my CrossFit L1 and have been coaching since. I pride myself on helping others reach their goals in not only the sport but also by nutritional means. 

suimageStephanie Utroska, CF-L1, USAW L1

(Assistant Coach)

Hi everyone!  My name is Stephanie and I’m very excited that you’re here checking out CrossFit For Glory! Besides being an active member of CrossFit for Glory, I teach Physical Education/Health at Newsome High School and hold two coaching positions there; Assistant Varsity/JV Volleyball coach and Head Flag Football coach.  I’m also currently working on my Masters in Educational Leadership so I can become an Athletic Director and Assistant Principal.

Since I was three years old, I’ve had a passion for sports whether it be gymnastics, volleyball, track, basketball, or cheerleading.  I realized how to join education and fitness when I was in high school at Newsome.  Those years were a blast because I realized how much I loved competing and that it was fun to play multiple sports and make friends.  I was blessed with encouraging coaches, who still are in my life today. After Newsome, I went to Florida State University (GO NOLES!!!) to pursue education. At FSU, I was able to experience a diverse community and was extremely involved in the intramurals through my sorority.  For 2 years I was the Intramural chair and found that balance between staying active and teaching through my program.  After graduating in 2005 with a BS in Early childhood Education, I taught 2nd grade at St. Stephen’s Catholic School for 3 years while coaching the 6th-8th grade sports.  Moving forward with my passion for coaching is what landed me at Newsome High school today.

What brought me to CrossFit, or CrossFit to me actually, was the encouragement of my amazing Chiropractor Dr. Justin Scott and a few nudges from Josh himself.  I was feeling tired all the time and struggling with past sports injuries, so I needed a change.  After my foundations classes, I couldn’t get enough!  I absolutely fell in love with the community, the competition, and the overall feeling of health I was getting.  With the support of the amazing coaches, Josh’s family, and the CFG community, I’m making gains and always striving to reach my fitness goals every time I step into the box.

 

11036663_639135582859764_5278820402784652833_nLowell Patterson, CF L1, CrossFit Kids
(CrossFit Kids Coach)

Hello everyone. My name is Lowell Patterson, but I am often referred to by most kids as “Coach P.” I am a lifelong sport enthusiast and educator. Throughout my life sports and active living have always played a very important part of my development and later the development of other athletes. As a child I participated in sports year round playing baseball, soccer, and football. When I entered high school I decided to try other sports as well where I went on to letter in wrestling, track, and football. I worked my way through college as a life guard and swimming instructor. During college I continued to participate in intramural sports for my fraternity, helping them to win several IM championships. Upon graduation I began teaching school and in the last 22 years have continued to stay active participating in adult softball, volleyball, flag football, working on a struggling golf game and running in 5k and adventure races such as the Tough Mudder and Savage races.

My coaching experience began when I was in college as an assistant high school volleyball coach and flag football coach. After graduation I began teaching and coached middle school volleyball, teaching tennis and assisting with track. When I had my own kids and they started playing sports I stepped away from the school coaching to have the opportunities to coach my own children in the variety of sports they participated in including softball, baseball, flag football and lacrosse.

Over the last 6 years I have had the privilege of training athletes in speed, agility, and quickness as the head trainer for Megasports. I also worked as a performance trainer for the FishHawk Soccer Club for two years and was the conditioning coach for the Coyotes Lacrosse boy’s middle school program. During that time I worked with youth, high school and college athletes to develop each individual player’s overall athletic performance. A strong focus was put on improving their game skills through the sessions focusing on each individual’s goals and abilities, thereby helping them reach their top potential.

Following some injuries and an extensive two year break from participating in sports I decided to give CrossFit a chance. Thanks in part from some encouraging from several CFG members that are friends it was a great decision. I tried it and much like the rest of you got hooked! I enjoy challenging myself and seeing and feeling the results that follow every WOD. I enjoy the camaraderie between members and I am excited to begin working alongside you as well as instructing the youth of the sport.

 

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Margaret Clark, CF-L2, USAW L1, CF-Gymnastics
(Assistant Coach)

Hi – I’m Margaret Clark. My interest in sports and fitness began when I was young and continued on into middle and high school where I played basketball for my high school team. I received my degree from the College of Charleston, worked for Delta Airlines for 10 years and became a military spouse and a mother of two girls who both are competitive gymnasts. Many years were spent moving and traveling but through all the changes in my life, I have always been able to take my love of fitness with me. It was in Newport, RI in 2009 where I discovered my love for CrossFit. I had always been active. I enjoyed running and lifting, but CrossFit gave me the intensity in my workouts, friendly competition and camaraderie I missed from playing team sports. I was drawn to the high intensity, and diversity of the workouts. I moved to Tampa in 2010 where my passion for CrossFit and interest in helping others achieve their fitness goals led me to getting my CrossFit Level 1 certification in 2012. I spent 2 years coaching CrossFit classes and in the fall of 2014 joined CrossFit For Glory. In addition to my CrossFit level 1 certification I also hold a USA Weightlifting coaches certification as well as the Crossfit gymnastics trainer certification. Besides coaching, I also work as an office manager in a nearby preschool. I enjoy sharing my passion for CrossFit with others and am thankful that it provides me an opportunity to learn and grow as an athlete and coach.