I started playing football at the age of 10 and played through college. I played year-round sports as a kid and in high school I lettered in multiple sports: football, basketball, and track. I continued to train in new sports after college and throughout my career as an officer in the US Navy. While stationed in Pensacola, FL and later in California, I played beach volleyball and started my time as a triathlete. Later I worked with Team in Train Training of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for my IronMan experiences. I met my wife in that time frame who was also training for endurance events in the cycling arena. It was when I was the strength and conditioning coach for a high school football team while stationed in Maine that I started my coaching career and was inspired to pursue personal training. It was in these capacities that I discovered the joy of working with kids and adults to improve their athletic performance and their day-to-day life. My wife and I were introduced to the CrossFit world at CrossFit Smyrna in 2013; our first child was 10 months old, and we were living in Atlanta at the time. A few months after starting at CrossFit Smyrna, I pursued my Level 1 certification and started coaching at my home box. One of my passions in serving the community has been combatting child sex trafficking. The following year while working with a group called Out of Darkness, I partnered with their parent organization, the Atlanta Dream Center, and created a business plan for a CrossFit box. The ADC had a space in downtown Atlanta that needed to generate income for their homeless ministry. Creating that business plan planted the seeds of the idea that I would run a CrossFit box someday with a mission to serve the community. Four years, one move and 2 kids later, God made it clear that it was time to move forward and to step out in faith towards that vision. We opened the doors of CrossFit Lodestar in Lexington in late 2018, just over 2 years after moving to South Carolina. It has been a blessing to work with over 600 athletes since we started this venture. We grew out of our original space and into a new location 4 doors down from our original one. Today we stand with 100+ core athletes in both adults and kids programs we look forward to the path that God has set before us and what the future holds at Lodestar.