Meet the Coaches

COACH DEREK

Coach Derek

General Manager

Meet Derek

General Manager

Coach Derek is a US Air Force retiree of 24 years, retiring in October of 2019.  His job was an Aircraft Armament Systems Craftsman, which is fancy wording for “he loaded bombs on fighter aircraft.”  During his AF career he racked up 10 deployments, 2 short tours, and multiple temporary assignments totaling more than 8 years of Operational time.  If he is not at the gym, he can be found spending time with his beautiful wife Sandra and two fur babies, by the smoker or BBQ grill perfecting amazing meats, or out lost in the coral reefs scuba diving.

Derek has always tried to live an active lifestyle playing a multitude of different sports throughout his school years and AF career.  In 2010, he found the sport of CrossFit and began coaching in 2012.  Later, he obtained his Level 2 Certification in 2019 while living in Japan.  He has a vast array of coaching experience training multiple branches of the military, their spouses, and multi-cultural athletes from around the globe.   His goal as a coach is to increase his athlete’s knowledge, skill level, and strive for them to become the best versions of themselves.  

 

Why I love to coach?  I love to see people reach goals they think were not possible.  I do not like the word cannot.  Unless physically impossible, anything is possible.  With time, dedication, and coaching you can achieve anything, and I love to see that journey for each person I coach. 

Favorite workout? Anything Heavy!  I love Deadlifts, squats, and Heavy cleans!  What do I do for Cardio?  I lift heavy weight faster!

Least favorite workout? Burpees and running!  Yuck!

Fun fact: I have visited over 60 countries. I like to collect then I guess!

Certifications: CF LVL-1&2, Burgener Olympic Certification, Gymnastics Certification, Kettlebell Certification, Rowing Certification, USAW Level 1 Coach, Adaptive & Inclusive Trainer, Precision Nutrition Coach, ACE Personal Training

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Coach Pierre

Head Coach

Meet Pierre

Coach Pierre was born in Belize and has lived all over the U.S from New York, Illinois, Portland, California, to his newfound home of Florida. Along the way he worked for the family business doing construction until he left to pursue his love of fitness. Gaining his experience being a personal trainer at a big box gym, he parlayed his passion to open his own training studio for almost a decade before a worldwide pandemic caused him to move to a new state. Now he’s sharing his experience and love for fitness with the CrossFit community at CrossFit ENG.

Along the way Pierre met his gorgeous wife Laura, added two puppies (Lana & Chloe) to the ranks, and then had two amazing children Isla and Logan. They love being active and can be found by the beach/pool, park, or out with friends enjoying the weather.

Why I love to coach? I love seeing people transform their body and improve their fitness.

Favorite workout: Anything with HPC’s

Least favorite workout: Death Row WOD (Row & Burpees 😩)

Fun fact: I speak several languages: English, Spanish, Belizean Creole (Similar to Jamaican), some French and learning Portuguese.

Certifications: CF-L1 & L2 Coach, USAW Level 1 Coach, NESTA Certified Personal Trainer, Lifestyle & Weight Management Coach, Physique & Figure Training Coach, Heart Rate Performance Specialist Coach, Mixed Martial Arts Conditioning Coach, Sports Injury Specialist

 

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Coach Krista

Meet Krista

Coach Krista left the cold tundra of her home state of Minnesota for sunny Florida in January of 2020. She retired from her law enforcement career after 20 years. Her SRO position afforded her the opportunity for community involvement, which led to a 20-year span of coaching youth athletics — everything from 5th grade to Varsity sports. Krista specializes in adaptive coaching which focuses on the cognitive and physical needs of her students.  She is grateful that she is able to continue her love of coaching youth at CrossFit ENG. When away from the gym, Krista looks forward to time with her rockin’ other half, Shane, and their fur babies, Rocco and Izzy. 

Krista has been an athlete for most of her life. In January of 2015,  a friend won a free month CrossFit membership with an option for a guest to join. Ironically, “guest” Krista found her groove while her winning friend decided CrossFit was not what she was looking for. Ever since, Krista found a love for all things CrossFit— diversity in workouts, health benefits, and the amazing community that has become family.  

Why I love to Coach? I love helping, supporting, and connecting with people. Getting to experience athlete’s achievements, growing confidence, and fitness journey in a sport I love is pure joy. 

Favorite Workout? It’s a toss up- Fight Gone Bad or DT. AND yes, I actually like the Assault Bike and you can never go wrong with Burpees! 

Least Favorite?  There is a reason I walked away from gymnastics at a young age— this body is just not loving gymnastic movements, but I do my best with what I can.

Fun Fact: I am still an avid collector of LEGOS in my adult life

Certifications: CrossFit Level 1

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Coach Codi

Meet Codi

Coach Codi was born and raised in the great state of Maryland. In 2014, Codi earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration concentrating in entrepreneurship at Towson University in Baltimore, MD. Before that, Codi grew up in a little town called Williamsport, located in western Maryland where he enjoyed fishing, hanging out with his friends and family, video games, and running. When he's not riding or working on his motorcycles, he's usually at the beach or laying low at home with his two cats, Carmine and Oxley.

Codi brought his affinity for fitness to CrossFit ENG in January 2019.  Before that, Codi built his fitness foundation in cross country and track & field. There, he specialized in both individual and relay races, between 400 to 8,000 meters.  After developing a passion for CrossFit, Codi obtained his CF-L1 in October 2020 to further himself and help those around him at the gym every day.

Why I love to coach? I love to see people push themselves and suffer together in a team environment. There's just something about the camaraderie between my fellow coaches and the athletes as they all suffer together that I really enjoy!

Favorite workout? Clean ladders, Chippers, anything with HSW.

Least favorite workout? Anything with heavy deadlifts, especially when followed by running.. Oh, and the hero WOD Kalsu.

Fun fact: My beard is all natural.. in case you were wondering..

Certifications: CF-L1

 

 

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Coach Jesse

Meet Jesse

Coach Jesse was born in Havana, Cuba and has traveled to various places around the globe.  He has yet to find a place with a better community of people and a spirit of love than his home in Southwest Florida. Coach Jesse is a full-time college student at his church’s extension site of Southeastern University, studying for his Bachelor’s in Christian Ministry. If he is not at the gym or school you might find him hiking mountain trails with friends, traveling, or deeply involved in the community helping both adults and children. 

Jesse has participated in a variety of sports and activities throughout his school years such track and field, basketball, volleyball, soccer, and weightlifting to name a few. He found the sport of CrossFit during winter of 2020, after working at multiple globo-gyms in the area.  Jesse’s goals as a coach has remained the same since he began.  He wants to provide a unique experience for all of the athletes he works with, provide them tools that they can use to further enhance their functionality in and out of the gym, and serve them and their needs so that they feel comfortable and ready to train again the next day! 

Why I love to coach? I have a heart for people who have taken that first step coming into the gym and tring something out of their comfort zone to better their health and their lifestyle. It is a great sacrifice and an even greater commitment that many people pass on, and I take great pride in coaching and assisting people in their fitness journeys. 

Favorite workout? Anything that involves running, climbing, or jumping! Box Jumps, Muscle Ups, Sprints, and Deadlifts will always be my favorite exercises! 

Least favorite workout? THRUSTERS. My shoulders and Thrusters DO NOT get along! (They’re still good for you though!)

Fun fact: I am bilingual, speaking Spanish and English, some French, and I can sign the Sign Language Alphabet. 

Certifications: CF LVL-1, NASM Personal Training Certification.

 

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Coach Dr. Jeff

Meet Jeff

Jeff Williams is a professor and department chair of the Health and Human Performance department for 8 years at Keiser University in Fort Myers, FL and has been a strength and conditioning specialist for sports teams, CrossFit athletes, and weightlifters from Connecticut and Florida areas for 15+ years.  Outside of the classroom, Jeff is an avid exerciser and is always trying to bring out the best in people through diet changes, exercise habit changes, and assisting others to create a positive mental state. 

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Coach Kelsey

Meet Kelsey

Coach Kelsey is a born and raised Floridian. Growing up she played competitive soccer and went to USF to play D1 soccer. She shortly after got injured and continued her career academically graduating with her bachelor’s in health science. When Kelsey is not in the gym you can find her at the beach, participating in any outdoor activity, or just hanging out with her family.

Shortly after returning from Tampa Kelsey discovered her love of Crossfit through her parents. After the first day she was hooked even though the second day was debatable because of the soreness! She acquired her Crossfit level one in the beginning of this year because she is always eager to learn and grow from this sport. Being an athlete, all her life Kelsey feels like she could really make a difference in helping people out with Crossfit!

Why I love to coach? I love to coach because I love seeing people bettering their lives for not only their physical appearance and health but for their mental health too . Working out is good therapeutic and good for the soul, it’s nature’s medicine!

Favorite workout?  My favorite type of a workout is anything with the barbell and any chipper style of workout. I also love any type of hero WOD. I may not love all the movements in them, but it is cool to see your progress over time when you do them!

Least favorite workout? My least favorite workout is anything body weight and long types of cardio. I ran enough for soccer, and burpees are just not a favorite for me lol.

Fun fact: I am currently working on my own online retail clothing store!

Certifications: CF LVL-1

 

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Coach Cameron

Meet Cameron

Coach Cameron is a current student seeking his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Cameron has earned his Bachelor's Degree in Health and Human Performance at Keiser University. His Bachelor’s degree has given him the knowledge and experience he needs to become a great coach. 

Cameron has participated in many organized sports throughout his youth and highschool career. Sports such as wrestling, football, cross country, and track provide a strong base for Cameron that can be applied to CrossFit’s programming. Cameron was introduced to CrossFit in early 2018. His first CrossFit workout was FRAN; it was a humbling experience. Cameron later obtained his Level 1 Certification in 2020. He is a natural competitor who loves to push others to be better. His goal as a coach is to strengthen the athlete's weaknesses and encourage healthy lifestyles. 

Why do I love to coach? I love to coach because I believe strength training is the best source of injury prevention. Being a CrossFit coach involves working with many different populations. One of my favorite things about coaching is learning how to work with and push each athlete individually. My ultimate goal is to become a Physical Therapist and promote healthy lifestyles that include exercise and functional movement. CrossFit gives me the opportunity to help others with their fitness goals.

Favorite Workout? My favorite workout is anything sprint related, such as RipCord. What I love about sprint workouts is how explosive and competitive they are. Not only do they measure intensity and stamina, but they also measure mentality. You need to be resilient and hustle from start to finish.

Certifications: CF-L1, USAW Level 1, CES

 

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Coach Ashley

Meet Ashley

Coach Ashley Davis hails from the United Kingdom where he spent his formative years until moving to Florida at the age of 9. A passionate aviator, he started flying airplanes in high school at the age of 17 and continued on to pursue his life-long ambition of a career in aviation by attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautics along with numerous pilot qualifications. After a few years as charter pilot flying a LearJet 45 and numerous other aircraft across the globe, Ashley opted for a career with the FAA as an Air Traffic Controller and calls our local RSW airport home. He still flies regularly as a flight instructor, where he enjoys teaching others to fly and helping them reach their once far off dreams and goals. The same is true for coaching CrossFit.

Coach Ashley enjoys living a very active lifestyle and has a variety of hobbies and interests, but CrossFit and fitness are his largest passions. A firm believer in self- growth and bettering ourselves, Ashley loves that CrossFit offers limitless opportunities to work on that concept on a daily basis…not just in the physical realm but for mental growth also. He believes fitness is for everyone and enjoys helping others to unlock their own potential and coaching them towards their goals and do things they once never thought possible…never say never!

Why I love to coach? I find helping others in achieving their goals and working towards being the best version of themselves so rewarding! I believe in constantly bettering ourselves, and love the unique opportunity that coaching and training allows in being part of others’ lives on their journeys. I believe every one of us can be successful in anything we set out to do and I hope I can be a part of your goals while constantly learning myself!

Favorite workout? Barbell cycling…power cleans in particular!

Least favorite workout? Anything with burpees

Fun fact: In Great Britain, Ashley is strictly a male’s name!

Certifications: CrossFit Level 1, Certified Personal Trainer (NASM), USAW Level 1 Coach, Precision Nutrition Coach

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Coach Chris

Meet Chris

Coach Chris is a retired law enforcement officer of 25 years from New Jersey. As a Police Officer, Chris was part of the training unit. In addition to being a patrol division supervisor, Chris’s other duties included running the Firearms Unit, teaching tactics, and running Simunitions, (fancy term for paintball) and assisting at the Police Academy. Chris’s other responsibilities entailed teaching Use of Force, Domestic Violence, Pursuit, and other mandated bi-annual training. Chris was also the Department’s Health and Wellness Officer. Following 9/11, Chris was recruited to the Essex County Rapid Deployment Team, and responded to such emergencies as widespread power outages, uprisings, and most notably, being deployed to New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. When Chris is not coaching or working out, he enjoys quality time with his wife, Lori, and two fur babies, Chelsea, and Ella. Chris enjoys time outside of the comfort zone and loves skydiving, long rucks and other activities that push the limits.

Chris began his CrossFit Journey in 2011 when he needed a wakeup call to start taking his health more seriously and loved the training methodology so much, that he began coaching in 2013. His previous gym routine was getting boring and did not feel like he was being challenged enough on his own.

Why I love to coach: The favorite part of coaching is the fulfillment of seeing people improve the quality of their life, one rep at a time. It is truly inspiring to see folks begin their fitness journey and crush their fitness goals, whether it is making the varsity team or re-gaining functional independence in their senior years. 

Favorite workout: Anything that involves a lot of mutual suffering. 

Least Favorite Workout: none. I love them all. Except Fran. Can’t stand the Fran!

Fun Fact: Chris hasn’t had a drop of alcohol since 2006, because drinking became a distraction and major obstacle to achieving his goals, (also, his cholesterol was sky high). 

 Certifications: CF-L1&2, Burgener Olympic certification, CrossFit Gymnastic Certification, USAW Level 1 Coach