Coaches

Cliff Brown


Affiliate Owner/Coach

CrossFit Level 1/CrossFit Kids/CrossFit Olympic Lift/Kettlebell certified

While growing up, Cliff was always into athletics and fitness. He played various youth league sports, but his passion since the age of five was Martial Arts. Cliff studied Goshen-Budo Ju-Jitsu under Shihan Robert Hansen, achieved black belt at the age of 16, and soon after began instructing. Cliff was a full time instructor until he went to college. Cliff received a full scholarship for baseball at New York Institute of Technology. There he majored in graphic design and had a successful career playing division I baseball. After graduating, Cliff worked as a graphic designer for five years. Then in 2001, after 9/11, joined the NYPD. Cliff’s class was the first class to graduate after 9/11, which was extremely inspiring for him. He worked proudly as a Police Officer for almost three years. In 2004 Cliff became a Fire Fighter with the FDNY.

CrossFit was introduced to Cliff by a friend who he work with in the firehouse. They started doing the WODs together in the firehouse. As he began to study CrossFit, he realized how important it was for him as a firefighter. Constantly varied, functional movements at high intensity, is firefighting. This is the point where Crossfit became more than just another workout program for him. CrossFit became a way of life, like Martial Arts.

 

Audrey Brown

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Affiliate Owner/Coach

CrossFit Level 1/CrossFit Kids/CrossFit Olympic Lift

 

Angela Smith

Coach

CrossFit Level 2/CrossFit Olympic Lift/CrossFit Gymnastics 

 

Jessica Rotoli

Jess

Coach

CrossFit Level 2/CrossFit Kids/CrossFit Olympic Lift

 

Dan Roth

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Coach

CrossFit Level 1/CrossFit Mobility/CrossFit Strongman

 

Kelly Sullivan

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Coach

CrossFit Level 1 / Spartan SGX

 

I grew up being an athlete.  I started softball at age 5, playing on town teams, travel teams, a Division II college team, and even a couple modified/arch pitch teams after college.  I also was a baton twirler for 15 years and have been a runner for about 10 years.  Towards the end of high school, I started running with my Dad.  He became a competitive triathlete, and I started running some races with him.  Though I found it somewhat boring, I loved spending time running with him so I kept it up.  I grew to love it as I improved and am proud to say that I ran my first marathon (the NYC Marathon) in 2013 and have been running it every year since then.  In college a friend told me about an obstacle race and I decided to try it out.  I ended up falling in love with it and immediately looked up more races.  I’ve now been running obstacle races for the past 4 years.  I run mostly Spartan Races and have been running with the elites since 2014.  I became a part of the Nor’Easter Pro Team this past summer.

I joined Crossfit through a friend I ran these races with.  He was already involved with Crossfit Merrick and told me that this was “my type of workout” and that I would love it.  Thoroughly convinced and excited, I stopped by after work one day and signed up. Three months later, I watched a team throwdown at Lighthouse and knew I wanted to start competing.  I started inquiring about them, looking them up and training more to prepare for them.  I’ve been doing competitions ever since. Being a teacher, I knew I wanted to learn more about Crossfit and become a coach.  I received my level 1 in March of 2014 and look forward to bring my knowledge and excitement to everyone here each day.  Last summer, I also completed my Spartan SGX training, taking on the role as a Spartan Coach.

 

Jimmy Branch

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Owner/Coach

 CrossFit Level 1/Crossfit football/Olympic lift certified

 

Katie Frey

Katie

Coach

CrossFit Level 1

 

Erick LaPice

Erick

Coach

CrossFit Level 1