3030 Erie Blvd E, Syracuse, NY 13224

Our Team


Coach, Personal Trainer, Remote Coach, Barbell Club Program Director


Education, Experience & Qualifications

  • Bachelors in history, University of Colorado (2003)
  • Masters in public policy, Harvard University (2010)
  • Masters in economics, Syracuse University (2012)
  • Doctorate in political science, Syracuse University (expected 2017)
  • CPR & AED Certified

CrossFit Certifications

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Gymnastics Level 1
  • CrossFit Judges Course

Olympic Weightlifting Certifications

  • USA Olympic Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach (Level 1)
  • USA Olympic Weightlifting Advanced Sports Performance Coach (Level 2)
  • USAW LWC Referee
  • MDUSA Catapult Weightlifting Certification

Competitive Experience

  • 2013 WNY Hammerhead Challenge
  • 2013 & 2014 CrossFit Open
  • 2012 Tough Mudder Tri-State
  • 2013 Festivus Games, 2013 Catalyst Games
  • 2013 Battle in the Burn
  • 2013 WODchester Games
  • 2013 CNY Affiliate League
  • 2014 Western NY Open (olympic weightlifting, 2nd place)
  • 2014 Liberty Barbell Classic (olympic weightlifting)
  • 2014 Connecticut State Championship (olympic weightlifting)
  • 2014 American Masters (olympic weightlifting, 3rd place)
  • 2014 Winter Solstice Open (olympic weightlifting, 3rd place)

I was first introduced to CrossFit in 2007 when I was stationed in Iraq with the State Department. Many of my military counterparts attempted to convince me to try a CrossFit WOD, but I was always skeptical and stubbornly adhered to the typical bodybuilding regime. It wasn’t until I returned to the United States when another military friend finally succeeded in getting me try CrossFit. I subsequently began my CrossFit experience on my own by picking and modifying WODs from the CrossFit website. Like most novices, I had no idea what I was doing and lacked the intensity that is so integral to CrossFit. It wasn’t until 2011 when I did my first workout at an actual CrossFit affiliate and I was immediately hooked as it offered a refreshing change to the stale bodybuilding routine. Moreover, I can safely say that my athletic career and general lifestyle has been forever altered by the positive influences of CrossFit.


I have always been interested in personal training and helping others realize the joy of physical fitness. I believe that my own professional aspiration to become a university professor and my passion for teaching has also helped me become a better CrossFit coach. Without a doubt, my favorite part of coaching is when I see athletes smiling and having a good time while working out. Fitness shouldn’t be a chore but instead considered a fun hobby that can be enjoyed by individuals of all ages and backgrounds. I love working with both new and experienced athletes at CrossFit Syracuse and helping them realize their full potential.