I have always looked at Fall as a season of change. Growing up in the mid-west it meant that the year was coming to an end symbolized by nature going to sleep in order to reawaken in the Spring. It was always a sad, but exciting time for me.
For us at CoreCrossFit, this Fall is bringing lots of change. By now, most of you know that Tom Colvin has left his Core family to pursue other opportunities. While we are saddened by his departure and will miss him, we are excited about the new opportunities this change will bring for Tom as well as for Core.
On that note, Pete Deeley has joined our management team focusing on Business Development and Operations. Pete holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Arizona (we won’t hold that against him). He has an extensive business background holding executive management positions with organizations like Sallie Mae and Nelnet. He also sits on the Board of Directors for Kids@Core. Pete has been CrossFitting at Core since March 2010. Pete will work with the Core Therapies staff to grow our PT practice and will help us develop new programs for CoreCrossFit clients.
Chris Ramsey and Joshua Knapp have joined our coaching team. Chris is a Spanish teacher and athletic coach at Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix. Chris earned his B.S. degree from the University of San Diego where he was also a 4-year letter winner in football. Chris also holds a Masters degree in education from Providence College.
Josh Knapp holds a Bachelors degree in Business Management and Political Science from Arizona State University. He has been CrossFitting with Core for more than two and a half years. Josh earned his CrossFit Level I trainers certificate this past Spring. Both coaches are well known and respected members of our Core community.
Bryon Maxwell is going to be away from the gym for approximately eight weeks on a corporate coaching initiative. We are working to expand our corporate health and wellness services (Core Health & Wellness) and this assignment will help us prepare for and bring our ProjectMe services to the employer market. Bryon will be in and out during the eight weeks, but will be officially back on November 5.
To help cover during Bryon’s absence, Craig Rintoul has joined our family. Craig is a Strength & Conditioning Coach and Exercise Therapist. He has a background in kinesiology; is a USAW Level One Coach and an assistant coach for Team Arizona Weightlifting.
We are also bringing Matt Bryant on-board. Matt is a CrossFit Level I Coach and has completed the CrossFit Coaches Prep Course. He has CrossFit certificates in Strength & Endurance, Mobility, Kids and more. Matt recently took first place in the Chicago OPTathlon. He came to Arizona to train with James Fitzgerald at Optimum Performance Training.
In order to allow us to focus upon improving the programs and services offered, we have created three new head coaching positions. Adrian Hernandez is stepping into the position of Head Coach responsible for CrossFit services. Preston Young is moving into the role of Head Coach, Core Performance and Mobility. Their roles will be to manage their teams, strengthen the services provided and work with all of you to identify opportunities for additional services and overall improvement. We have yet to fill a new Strength & Conditioning Head Coach position.
Like Fall in the mid-west, there is a little bit of sadness, but with these changes comes a new season of opportunity. I look forward to continually fostering change at Core with the goal of providing all of you the best possible fitness and wellness programs.