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.
Trey started CrossFit in 2018 while on winter break from attending Samford University at an affiliate in his hometown outside Atlanta Georgia. He grew up playing all different types of sports from Baseball to Basketball to Lacrosse. Throughout college he spent most of his time running running and weightlifting. In 2019 Trey joined Crossfit Mudtown and enjoys having the opportunity to be competitively active through fitness while being apart of an amazing community! He is currently a full time student at Samford University pursuing his Masters degree in Accounting. While Trey is not studying or at the gym he enjoys cooking, cycling, and spending time outdoors!
After growing up playing sports most of his life, Grant started CrossFit in 2013 while attending the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Through his passion of helping others, Grant took the CrossFit Level 1 course in 2018. He has now completed his Level 2 course. He coached for 2 years before joining CrossFit Mudtown. He believes CrossFit is a great catalyst for physical as well as mental toughness. Grant currently works at Southern Nuclear Operating Company in Supply Chain. When he is not at the gym, he loves biking with his wife and two dogs, going to concerts, and teaching a 5th grade bible study.
“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.
Tyler was born and raised in Vestavia, AL and played ice hockey, golf and cross country growing up. He coached and refereed ice hockey after college while starting a family. In 2010, he started attending HIIT training and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes in an effort to regain participation in sports that he longed for after childhood. After his son was born in January of 2015, he walked into a box and fell in love. His first workout was Cindy and after his pitiful showing, he knew things had to change.
He chose Crossfit for his personal health and the accountability that this gym family provides. When he started CrossFit, he was an “overweight and lazy bum”, but his coaches pushed him to find his “happy place” and drove him to become healthier and more fit. That fueled his desire for coaching – the ability to help others get better! Work hard and see the results!
Brent competed in sports for a majority of his early life, primarily focusing on track and field. When his running days were over, he decided to explore the world of bodybuilding. Missing the competitive nature of sports, he found himself in a constant cycle of fluctuating interest and consistency. In his senior year of college, that cycle was broken when he was offered free CrossFit classes in exchange for painting a mural for what would become his first CrossFit box. Being enticed by the competition and constant physical and mental challenges, Brent loved it from the first class. Going on 8 years later, Brent has now been a member of multiple gyms (4 years of which have been at CrossFit Mudtown), and received his CrossFit Level 1 certificate in May of 2019. He received his CrossFit Level 2 certificate in March of 2021. In addition to living a healthier, more balanced life, CrossFit has also provided a outlet for blending Brent’s non-fitness related passions, cooking and photography!
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.