CrossFit Level I Certified
CrossFit Coach’s Prep Certified
CrossFit Kids Certified
USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Certified
2014 CrossFit Games Qualifier (Masters, 50-54). 2nd place in Open and Master Qualifer
2014 CrossFit Games Masters, 50-54 – 4th place
2015 CrossFit Games Qualifier (Masters, 50-54). 8th Place in Open and 10th after Master’s Qualifier.
2015 CrossFit Games Masters, 50-54 – 3rd Place
2017 CrossFit Games Masters 50-54 Qualifier
Originally from Nebraska, I was a three-sport letter winner in football, basketball, and track back in the early 80s. I was a recruited walk on for football at the University of Nebraska where I played receiver. I transferred to a smaller college after my freshman year and garnered all-conference honors as a receiver my junior and senior year. Following college, I obtained my Masters in Zoology and then my Ph.D. in Ecology and Systematics. I taught biology/ecology at the University of Cincinnati for over 20 years and recently retired from the University in December of 2014.
I have always been active during my lifetime. Staying fit has always been a priority. I participated in every recreational sport imaginable and played recreational basketball at least three to four times a week for 30 years, along with working on the weight machines. I thought I was happy with my health and fitness until a chance happening in 2008.
In the fall of 2008, I was able to teach abroad in Costa Rica for five months. However, in doing this I had to give up my basketball (basketball is not very popular in Costa Rica). Since I was in a smaller city, I had to join a local gym that had limited equipment. At that time, a good friend introduced me to CrossFit. She would send me these things called “WODS”, and I would attempt them on my own, using the available equipment. Being initially skeptical, I kept doing the workouts and found that my fitness was slowly changing, and I was improving my cardio and strength. By the time I arrived back in Cincinnati, I was hooked. I forged ahead doing CrossFit on my own at the local YMCA along while continuing to play basketball on a regular basis.
I finally realised that my progress with CrossFit had plateaued. I was still happy doing the workouts on my own, but I knew I needed a change. A chance walk into a local “Box” completely changed things. It was like opening a door and saying, “I’m home!” After visiting the Box, I went home and told my wife that I wanted to stop playing basketball, quit the YMCA and join this CrossFit gym. My wife was floored that I would give up basketball to do this, but I took the plunge.
Starting out was hard. I spent the first several months correcting all the bad techniques I had developed while doing CrossFit on my own. Here I was, 48 years old, and trying to keep up with people that were half my age. However, I found a community that emits such positive energy that it becomes contagious. You strive to improve because people want you to be better…they want you to do the common, uncommonly well!
Finally, I found that my teaching abilities at the university were transferable to CrossFit. I love encouraging others to do well, to improve, to reach that virtuosity that is a hallmark of the understanding of CrossFit. As a result I, along with my wife, obtained my level one certification and other subsequent certifications so that I could pass that passion, that want to improve… to the athletes I coach.