Coaches

Our coaches are the core of our program. They're friendly, knowledgeable, and help create the right environment for you to succeed.

 
 

TYLER NICHOLSON

DIRECTOR OF COACHING // tyler@crossfit214.com

Tyler is a Certified CrossFit Level 3 Trainer, with CrossFit Gymnastics, CrossFit Football, Barbell, Olympic Lifting, and Science of Exercise certifications. He's also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS) and a certified USAW club coach. He holds a BBA from Loyola University Chicago where he ran track, specializing in the middle distances (800m, 1500m). Subsequent knee injuries led him to CrossFit after several surgeries and physical therapy failed to relieve pain and restore function. He believes wholeheartedly in the efficacy and healing potential of the functional movements prescribed in CrossFit and that literally anyone of any fitness level can find success at CrossFit 214.

 

IAN BLAIR

GENERAL MANAGER // ian@crossfit214.com

Ian grew up rockscrambling in the mountains of New Mexico. A former sprinter, hurdler and ultimate player, he started CrossFitting in CF214's first onramp in 2011 and found it both incredibly humbling and oddly hard to quit. Prior, he traveled solo around the world for 26 months across 5 continents, including several summits, backcountry treks and bike trips.

Ian has degrees in Chemical Engineering and Liberal Arts from UT Austin and has worked in private equity, software, business intelligence, and for brief stints as a model and a moneychanger.

 

ERIK CLARK

HEAD COACH // erik@crossfit214.com

Erik is a Crossfit Level 2 coach, a certified Brand X Method Kids Coach, and a Health Coach registered with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. Erik played junior hockey and college hockey and was a college oarsman.

Despite his passion for sport and activity, one year out of college and in the corporate world, his life was far from healthy and balanced. Overweight and lethargic, Erik found CrossFit and a love for nutrition to reignite his passion for life. Erik believes feeding the body for performance, like training for performance, brings about the tangible benefits of health and wellness we all seek.

 
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JAYMEE LARRISON

COACH // JAYMEE@crossfit214.com

Jaymee is a certified CrossFit Level 2 coach who has successfully completed the CrossFit Aerobic Capacity Seminar and the CrossFit Olympic Lifting Seminar. She knows that the CrossFit methodology can work for anyone, whether they consider themselves to be “athletic” or not. She believes that the average person can walk into CrossFit 214 with a bit of fear and uncertainty and leave with an unbelievable sense of accomplishment. Jamyee continuously applies her knowledge, enthusiasm for fitness, and her energetic persona to her classes, making them fun, and accessible to everyone. She always strives to make the hour spent at CrossFit one of the best hours of a person’s day.

Jaymee has a degree in business from Ohio State University. When she isn't coaching, she is working as a Finance Administrator for Dialexa, a design and technology firm; she also enjoys hiking, camping, and dabbling in photography.

 
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JUSTIN ADAMS

COACH // JUSTIN@crossfit214.com

Justin is a CrossFit Level 2 and USAW Club Coach with certifications in CrossFit Aerobic Capacity and CrossFit Kids. He found CrossFit in 2012, and has since competed in triathlons, CrossFit competitions, and road and trail races. Justin believes CrossFit provides solid, technique-driven coaching, and a supportive community that can transform lives, much as it did his own. He enjoys helping athletes accomplish their goals, lift heavy, and have a great time in the gym.

Justin holds degrees in biochemistry and microbiology from The University of Texas – Austin, and lives in Lake Highlands with his four dogs - Thomas, Abby, Eleanor and Walter.

 
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RYAN PETERSON

COACH // RYANP@crossfit214.com

Ryan is a CrossFit Level 2 coach, a NSCA certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and a certified Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist. His passion for fitness began in high school where he was a competitive wrestler, and it continued to grow once he joined the US Navy. While stationed in Virginia Beach, his friend introduced him to CrossFit, and he was hooked instantly. He began training other squadron members to help them stay within the Navy standards and has continued to help many other people through their fitness journeys as well. CrossFit has helped Ryan find a community of people like him, who strive for excellence and train hard, but have fun doing it.

Ryan has his Bachelor of Science in exercise science from Lindenwood University in Saint Charles, Missouri.

 
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TAYLOR SMITH

COACH // TAYLOR@crossfit214.com

Taylor is a certified CrossFit Level 1 coach who began coaching at a small garage gym before moving to Bull City CrossFit in North Carolina. After graduating from college, he relocated to Chicago, where he coached at Clark Street CrossFit in Printers Row. Taylor aspires to continuously grow his skills as both an athlete and a coach.

Taylor has his Bachelor of Arts in religion and philosophy form McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, and a Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. When Taylor isn’t in the gym, he can be found with his wife Katie frequenting local taco shops, eating chips and sipping on margaritas. He is an Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church, and currently serves at Flower Mound UMC as the Associate Pastor and Director of Adult Discipleship.

 
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RYAN SICKLER

COACH // sickler@crossfit214.com

Ryan is a certified CrossFit Level 1 Coach with certifications from USA Triathlon (Level 1), USA Weightlifting (Level 1), Precision Nutrition, and has successfully completed the Level 1 and Level 2 Functional Movement Screens certification; he is also certified as a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher, and a NASM Personal Trainer. Ryan has always been an athlete, as he grew up playing football, soccer, and running track. However, after tearing his ACL freshman year of college he knew he needed a change. He came across CrossFit while watching ESPN and was instantly hooked. He has since coached and competed in the sport for over 6 years. Ryan prides himself on being a well-rounded coach and is passionate about educating every member that walks through the door.

Ryan has his Bachelor of Science in Sports Management and Business from Texas A&M University. When Ryan is not in the gym, he studies philosophy and physics for fun.

 

AUSTIN HOGAN

COACH // hogan@crossfit214.com

Austin Hogan a.k.a "Hogan" is Crossfit level 1 certified, has his Crossfit Mobility certification, and is a Movement Specialist with The Sports Pod. Always learning new things and growing his knowledge, you never know what he will be bringing to class that day, but it's always going to be good! He was born and raised right here near Dallas, TX. He recieved his bachelors from Texas A&M University in Exercise Physiology, and his doctorate from Parker University in chiropractic. After years of powerlifting and body building type training, he discovered Crossfit and has loved it ever since. Over the years his focus has shifted from lifting heavy things to being a more well-rounded athlete, and helping other athletes stay pain free and do the athletic things they love doing. Exploring new movements, mastering old ones, and having a good time through it all is what Hogan does best.