I am not much of a writer but I have wanted to write a blog for a while now, so here we go! I am the owner of CrossFit PortSide in Gulfport, Miss. and a former collegiate basketball player and coach. I played at the University of South Alabama from 2000 to 2004. I was the starting point guard for all four years and helped guide a program from the laughing stock of the Sun Belt to two Sun Belt titles my junior and senior season. While there, I received a degree in Physical Education.
I soon shifted gears into coaching. I mean come on -- I was a point guard and a floor general so I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I had an opportunity to work under Carol Ross at the University of Mississippi for 3 seasons. Not only did we compete at the highest level for women’s basketball but we made it to the Elite 8, knocking off defending National Champion Maryland and then Oklahoma in the process. We had a stellar All-American in Armintie Price but that team knew what hard work was.
Now I had a Physical Education undergrad degree and received a Master’s Degree in Health Promotion at Ole Miss! Still with my eye on the prize, I took a coaching job at the prestigious Louisiana Tech University. If you don’t know about La Tech then you don’t know women’s basketball: 3 National Championships, 13 Final Four appearances, 3 Wade Trophy winners, 16 All- Americans, 21 WNBA players – and the list goes on and on! Oh, and my boss was the Teresa Weatherspoon, Wade Trophy winner and WNBA great! Coaching basketball was all I wanted to do and I that I thought I would do.
Life takes some crazy turns. My neighbor in Ruston asked me one day, “Hey, my brother is opening a CrossFit gym, do you want to come try it?” HELL NO, my mother does CrossFit so I am sure it is not for me. Sorry Mom, you are a stud in your own right and can do anything but I wasn’t feeling it! Then I went and damnit I was hooked! Thanks Kelly!
I thought I knew what being in the best shape of my life was. I played a college sport; I was in shape. No, no I wasn’t. I was pretty fit for basketball but not fit for life. I trained and ran a half marathon. I HATE running but Ole Miss was so beautiful so I ran. I looked sickly. I had a million people tell me that I needed to eat. I did eat but I was so dang skinny and had very little muscle at that time. I am competitive so CrossFit was the perfect outlet for me.
I AM IN THE BEST SHAPE OF MY LIFE! CrossFit is the perfect combination of strength training and endurance that I have ever come across. If I had known about CrossFit growing up, I would have been a much better college athlete!
CrossFit has brought me many things. It brought me home to Gulfport. It has given me the opportunity to spend time with my family and especially my nephews. It has given me friends that I will have for a lifetime and it has allowed me to do what I love, and that’s COACH AND MAKE A DIFFENCE IN PEOPLE’S LIVES!