Meet the CrossFit Coaches

WHO WE ARE

The coaching staff at CrossFit Prominent is world-class. Our knowledge, experience, and unmatched enthusiasm for helping people are a large part of what makes the training experience at CrossFit Prominent the best in the industry. We are dedicated to being the motivators, leaders, and expert guides to your fitness journey. We’ve been where you are, and we look forward to being a part of your fitness team.
  • Caroline Madison

    Coach, Owner

    Caroline has been an athlete all her life, going on to play collegiate and semi-professional soccer. In 2013, she was inducted into the WSHS Athletic Hall of Fame. As a CrossFit athlete, she was a part of the 1st place 2012 Mid-Atlantic Hopper Team and 2nd place 2013 Capital Affiliate League Team. Outside of the gym, Caroline is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and she loves that she is able to care for patients in a hospital setting, but also teach preventative care with fitness and nutrition at CrossFit Prominent.

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit L-1
    • CrossFit Gymnastics
  • Pamela Smith

    Coach, Owner

    Pamela grew up as an athlete, and went on to play soccer and field hockey, and ran track in high school. She earned an athletic scholarship to play Division I soccer at George Mason University, and in 2015, was inducted into the WSHS Athletic Hall of Fame. With her background in endurance sports, she now specializes in cardio training and is passionate about teaching people how to achieve their fitness goals while maintaining healthy balance in day-to-day life.

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit L-1
    • CrossFit Gymnastics
  • Kodi Smith

    Coach, Owner

    Kodi is a successful athlete in his own right, having received numerous honors to include 1st Team All-Conference, Dixie/USA South Honors, All-Conference Atlantic Central Honors, and being ranked as one of the nation’s top Punt and Kickoff Returners. He still holds Ferrum College’s and Atlantic Central Football Conference’s record for the longest kickoff return at 97 yards. Today, Kodi specializes in athlete skill development, from the novice to elite level athletes. In his own words, “I love coaching and working with our members individual life goals. To be able to be part of that process and pass along a love for fitness and knowledge of keeping your body in the best shape it can be, gives a person the most valuable gift, longevity.”

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit L-1
  • Damien Madison

    Coach, Owner

    Damien is passionate about helping people maximize their health and overall wellness through CrossFit. While he was always involved in athletics, when he found CrossFit, he knew he found a level of fitness that he had never experienced before, one that truly revealed the human physical potential. After years of using CrossFit as his personal fitness regimen, Damien, and the other co-founders opened Gainesville’s first CrossFit box.

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit L-1
  • Ario Morrissette

    Coach

    Aria finds herself as a CrossFit coach after obtaining her certifications to teach and ingrain the value of fitness and health to her kids. As her love of fitness and CrossFit evolved, she found that she had a passion for Olympic weightlifting, and went on to become USAW Sports Performance certified. Being a part of someone’s journey in changing their life for the better is personally rewarding and inspiring for Ario.

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit L-1
    • CrossFit Kids
    • USAW Sports Performance
  • Stephen Chu

    Coach

    Stephen comes to CrossFit Prominent as an experienced CrossFitter with the desire to improve himself, and help others become better. As someone who loves physical activity, CrossFit is the perfect fit to his active lifestyle. It motivates Stephen, and he is passionate about being a motivator and mentor to those who seek to be their best. Stephen has a background in tennis, and well over a decade of coaching experience.

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit L-1
  • Ricardo Scott

    Fitness Coach/ Personal Trainer

    Ricardo Scott has played a wide variety of sports all his life, including professional arena football and being part of the NFL Practice Squad. Today, he uses his fitness experience and knowledge to help CrossFit Prominent athletes accomplish more, live better, and reach further with nutrition and exercise.

    Ricardo believes that exercise is a priority, not an option. He competed in the 2015 World Police and Fire Games, taking home a silver medal in the bench press. His favorite quote comes from Bruce Lee: “If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1
    • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer
    • BS in Health Education, concentration in physical therapy
    • First Aid/CPR
  • Kris Lacson

    Coach

    Kris has been involved in athletics in some capacity throughout his life and has always enjoyed helping others in the gym. When he found his niche in Olympic weightlifting and CrossFit, he knew that coaching would become an extension of his new found passions. Kris favors Olympic weightlifting as a coach and athlete because of the speed, skill, and strength required for good movement, but he is excited to be a part of the Prominent team to help the athletes in any sport and through their personal goals.

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1
    • CrossFit Scaling
    • AHA Basic Life Saver Instructor
  • Andrew Horan

    Andrew Horan started playing soccer at 5 years old and has always been athletic, “but never in what I would consider good shape until I started CrossFit,” he says. As a testament to just how far he’s come, Andrew was named CFP’s Most Improved Male in 2015.

    Andrew enjoys the family-like atmosphere at CrossFit Prominent. “I love working out at CFP because of the members,” he says. “I love the atmosphere, the positive attitudes, and mostly the encouragement given between members.” His favorite quote is “Without hustle, talent will only carry you so far.” – Gary Vaynerchuk. 

    Certifications:

    • Crossfit Level 1

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