“Ric” joined CrossFit Mudtown as a member in 2016. In 2018, he moved to Nebraska and was the general manager for a brewery and family restaurant in North Platte. He returned to Birmingham in 2020 and started coaching. He enjoys college football, college basketball, and the Emmy-winning television show Dateline, which has just entered its 30th season.
Being a high school and college athlete taught Kate “OATIE” the value of being part of a team. Several years after college, trying out various types of fitness, Oatie realized she missed the team/family atmosphere.. she missed community fitness. In 2012 her journey with CrossFit started when she joined Carport CrossFit in Irondale, AL. As her fitness journey progressed so did her love of CF methodology. In 2018 Oatie’s desire to help others with their fitness goals led her to obtain her CF-L1 and she began coaching at her home gym. Oatie looks forward to more training opportunities and sharing her knowledge and zest with her new home gym, CrossFit Mudtown. She is married (Jen) and they have 2 dog kids, Olive and Ojai.
Alison joined CrossFit Mudtown in 2021 when she and her husband moved to Birmingham, AL. She has been part of the CrossFit community since 2009 and really enjoys helping people improve their lives through fitness, especially strength training.
When she isn’t coaching or trying her best in CrossFit classes she enjoys cooking, baking, exploring her new city, and working on house projects.
She holds her CF L1 and her USAW Sports Performance certification.
Julianna grew up training in gymnastics, dance, cheer, and track. The first time she ever picked up a barbell was at CrossFit Mudtown in 2021. CrossFit exposed her to a multitude of new skills and movements, so coaching was a natural progression. Julianna started coaching girls gymnastics at the age of sixteen in her hometown: Louisville, KY. She has coached preschool to level-ten girls, and she even had a stint coaching level-one boys! Because of her love for pushing others to be the best version of themselves, Julianna decided to get her CrossFit L1 certification in December of 2022.
Outside of the gym, Julianna is pursuing her master’s and doctorate degrees, and she likes to constantly grow her cheer skills and techniques. You might see her cheering on the sideline of your favorite professional team 😉 She and her fiancé are avid Tennessee fans, and they will never miss an opportunity to wear orange.
Serena moved to Birmingham from Rochester, NY in July of 2022 for her husband’s job. The day after moving in, she dropped in at Mudtown and instantly got a great feel for the community. Serena found CrossFit in January of 2020 and instantly enjoyed how there is always something to work towards and a new skill to learn as it reminds her of her years as a competitive gymnast. She really enjoys the community atmosphere and having others who support your growth and achievements.
Growing up, Josh’s life revolved around sports. From soccer to basketball to swimming to football, he was always “in season” growing up. The main sport for Josh was baseball and he went on to play in college. After deciding to hang up the cleats and focus on school, Josh walked on to Oregon State’s rowing team because he missed the daily life of a collegiate athlete. It was in college that he got his first taste of CrossFit. During one winter break Josh decided to buy a Groupon to a local CrossFit gym. The first workout he remembers was bench press and then Grace. At the end of the workout, the coach said, “So that’s CrossFit… let me know if it’s something you want to do every day for the rest of your life.” Josh chose CrossFit as his fitness routine because of the constant variation, competitive aspect and community atmosphere. CrossFit allows for Josh to express his competitive nature in a fun and healthy way and has introduced him to some of his best friends and colleagues.
Jacki has always been active, running track and cross country in her youth and in college. She holds a state record for the 100 yard dash in Pennsylvania. She discovered CrossFit 15 years ago and knew right away it was for her. It was something after scholastic sports that could fulfill her need to compete and push herself. In 2006 she attended her first CrossFit Level 1 certification and began coaching at her gym in Pittsburgh. Over the years, she’s moved across the country with her husband Danny and two girls, Kaidyn and Kinsley, but has always found herself at home in a CrossFit gym. Showing her kids that being strong and confident is one of her top priorities. She has competed and trained with some of the top athletes, and has been coached by some of the best coaches out there. In 2015, Jacki and Danny along with their brother and sister-in-law Billy and Lainey, fulfilled their dream of opening their own gym and CrossFit Mudtown began. They added their son, Nash, to the family in 2016 and Jacki continued to CrossFit through out her pregnancy. As an athlete, Jacki loves competing and pushing her body to new limits. Coaching comes natural and is Jacki’s biggest passion. She loves to help people push themselves farther than they ever thought possible.
Danny has been active in CrossFit since 2007 as an athlete, coach, and within his full-time profession. Originally born in Pittsburgh, PA, Danny spent most of his years growing up in Plymouth, MN, and attended Benilde-St. Margarets High School where he was a 3 sport athlete for all 4 years. After graduation he attended Bemidji State University where he was a 3 year letter winner in football, who won their first conference championship in 53 years during his senior season. After college he began working in the event management field and was introduced to CrossFit in 2007. While moving around for work, Danny met his wife Jacki at CrossFit Pittsburgh where they both coached and worked out. After living in Pittsburgh for 2 years, Jacki and Danny moved to Omaha, NE, for 3 years and then to Birmingham, AL, in June of 2014. They have two wonderful daughters, Kaidyn and Kinsley and son, Nash.
In 2016, Mel moved from California to Alabama with her husband, Josh, who also coaches for CFM. They stepped foot in our gym on their second day in BHM and immediately felt at home. Mel played softball in college, which is where she developed her love for strength and conditioning, and CrossFit filled the void of competitive sports. She found the supportive atmosphere in our box comparable to being on a team, which is something she missed. In addition to coaching on occasion, Mel works full-time as a physical therapist, where she applies many of CrossFit’s principles to the care of her clients.