Our Outstanding Coaches
Head Coach and Owner Jeff Crawford specializes in coaching weightlifting. He loves teaching and refining technique in order to make athletes as proficient as possible. Freedom is his motivator. ” I like watching athletes attain true freedom. I believe real freedom comes from having no physical confines. Being free to express yourself, explore your environment and engage in activities with no limits,” he says.
Jeff discovered CrossFit in 2005 while serving in the Marine Corps. He found that it was the perfect fit for preparing him for the rigors of deployment and the demands of military life. Today, he still believes in the CrossFit methodology whole-heartedly and wants to share his knowledge and experience with other athletes.
Competitive Weightlifter and Personal Trainer Julia Glotz is passionate about training in general, from gymnastics to weightlifting. She loves anything with a heavy barbell and is ranked in the Top 20 in the United States for Olympic Weightlifting.
According to Julia, the best part of being a coach is helping someone that has worked hard to achieve something they never thought possible. “That look of achievement and the confidence that radiates off them, that is what I live for,” she says.
Owner and Coach Mike Cheatham has been doing CrossFit since 2008. His favorite part?-“The Community! I’ve met so many AMAZING people because of Maverick and truly feel blessed to call them Family,” he says. He also loves seeing the facial expression of members when they realize they PRed a lift or time on a WOD, or even when they perform a new movement for the first time.
Mike learned a lot about himself through CrossFit and wants to be able to share the same experience with others. He takes pride in knowing that he’s impacted lives by sharing this passion for life.
Julie Bolton loves long workouts that require low skill level but a high suck factor. She can spend hours talking about her passion for CrossFit, teaching, and healthy living.
Coaching is in Julie’s blood. Both of her parents are PE teachers and coach multiple sports. Julie herself spent a year coaching Volleyball at Nease High School before becoming a CrossFit coach. ” I love seeing our athletes surprise themselves with what they can do. Whether it is doing a strict pull up for the first time or staying mentally tough during a 2k row, this CrossFit stuff works and it is great to be a part of our members’ progress,” she says.
Mr. Little Guy Steve Clegg does not believe in specializing, preferring instead to be well-rounded in most things. But one thing he is passionate about is pursuing excellence and pushing people further than they think they can go. “Getting people pumped up to finish their workout is so rewarding,” he says. “Seeing people smile after they finish a hard workout just inspires me to push a little harder in my workouts.”
Steve has always enjoyed working out. He ran Cross Country in high school and decided to give CrossFit a try when he saw the whole community come together and cheer on people doing “what looked like crazy movements” at a CrossFit event. He enjoys the hard work and appreciates the grind. “It has become a way of life for me,” he says.
Jenny Prasad loves strict movements, like strict pull-ups, dips, and chest to bars, but her favorite work out is weighted dips. She also loves working with people to break them out of their shells to become comfortable with the uncomfortable. “A huge thing that stuck out to me about CrossFit is that both members and coaches were always so willing to help. Whether it be answering the 40th question I have that day, giving me cues in gymnastics, or simply cheering me on, I always know my fellow coaches are there for me. I want to be that person for the members I have the privilege of coaching,” she says.
Even though her nickname is Pouty McPout Pout, Jenny is a happy person. She loves working towards her goals and making her teammates proud.
Nikki Thornton has always been active having grown up playing sports so her transition into CrossFit was an easy one. As a coach she wants to help others achieve what they thought impossible. “The most rewarding thing to me is seeing someone achieve a PR or attempt something that they never would have done or thought they would be able to do,” she says.
Nikki specializes in gymnastic movements and has a great passion for life, family, and friends. In fact, she got her start in the fitness world by taking a bootcamp class with a friend in 2009, and quickly made the transition to the CrossFit world in 2010.
Chris Page is passionate about being a great coach and teammate both at the gym and on the soccer field. He’s played sports most of his life and is currently playing collegiate soccer at Florida Institute of Technology.
Chris may have Adrenal Insufficiency which is an auto immune disorder but that isn’t holding him back from living his life to the fullest! His favorite quote is from the movie We Bought A Zoo: “You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.” One of his favorite parts about being a coach is seeing how motivated people are in the gym. “That gives me energy and that’s what it’s all about,” he says.
Ahlana Tackett-Jennings has a all-or-nothing mentality when it comes to CrossFit, and well, everything else too! ” Life! CrossFit! Music! I am the type that if I like something, I like it a lot. All or nothing I suppose. There is so much in the world to love,” she says.
Ahlana’s experience as a veteran gives her a unique perspective towards coaching and leadership. She loves the positive impact she has on others lives as a coach and knew when she walked through Maverick’s doors that she found her calling.
Coach Melissa Kluck has played sports all her life. She played basketball, volleyball, softball and ran track all through high school. Now after discovering CrossFit, Melissa specializes in running, endurance workouts, and Olympic lifting.
She is passionate about fitness and enjoys seeing members hit a PR or master a new movement. She loves helping people meet all their fitness goals.
Favorite Quote: “Push harder than yesterday if you want a different tomorrow”