BRIAN HERRING

FOUNDER - HEAD COACH


Personally, Brian’s  been married to his wife, Crystal for 11 years, self proclaimed CrossFit wife turned CrossFit lover herself and is also a  Father to 3 of the cutest little CrossFit girls. Professionally, an 11-year startup success story and CrossFit enthusiast. Brian has a drive and work ethic like none other. An insurance pro by day and a CrossFit junkie, basically every other minute he’s awake. Brian’s positive outlook, compassionate approach and “give me everything you’ve got left’ attitude bring out the best out in us all. Be it on the gym floor, out for coffee or gutting it out through a WOD, you want to do better for him, and he wants you to be better and get better for YOU.  Brian has been passionate about Personal Training, Olympic Lifting  and healthy living since(before it was cool) high school and college. He did back and bi’s & chest with tri’s at a Globgym, like so many before until he drank from the sacred Kool-Aid and his CrossFit hobby, soon became his passion.  Brian’s coaching experience includes everything from 1 on 1 to small and large groups of 30+ Athletes.

CF - L1

CF - L2

Scaling Certificate

Spot the Flaw Certificate

Anatomy Certificate

Judges

Burgner Level 1 Weightlifting Certification

CRYSTAL HERRING

FOUNDER & BUSINESS MANAGER


Crystal is a CrossFitter by marriage and  a business person by trade. Her professional background includes small business management and extensive time in her role at a global wealth management firm which she continues to do as a consultant during her day job. She is the proud mom of 3 girls with Brian and lives in Holly Springs. She enjoys cooking with her girls, fundraising and community events and wine and travel. Her favorite CrossFit WOD is anything with box jumps. Crystal’s role at CFC is managing the business side of our gym. She prides herself in creating an unparalleled fitness community AND growing our small business from the ground up.

JESSICA THOMPSON

COACH


A North Carolina native, wife and mother of 3, Jess has been an important part of our CFC coaching team since well before our doors opened. With 6+ years of CrossFit experience under her belt, she’s exceptionally strong and proficient and is a stickler for form and technique. She believes in the importance of fundamentals, stability and mobility. Jess is who we affectionately like to call “The People’s Coach.” Her enthusiastic, individualized approach to all things fitness & nutrition, attention to detail and fun personality keep our athletes flocking to her classes. We can always count on Jess as our operational “GO TO” for all things CFC as well. She’s firm but fair and will get you through even the toughest WOD and leave you feeling accomplished with a sense that you too can do hard things. When she’s not working you can find Jess crushing the 5:30am WOD at CFC, online shopping for her pint sized fitness apparel or hiking the local trails with her brood.

CF - L1

CrossFit Gymnastics

Judges

Precision Nutrition Certified Coach

KRISTEN HUGHES

COACH


Kristen has been a CrossFitter since 2016, and she specializes in coaching the youth. She loves the challenge that CrossFit presents, and finds that when combined with her passion for working with children, she can give back to the community. As a teacher of over 17 years, she is passionate about growth and development both in and out of the classroom.

She believes that the earlier we teach our children healthy habits, the more successful they will be in life. The life skills that CrossFit can offer our youth are endless.

Kristen has done more than 30 races including sprint triathlons, a half ironman, marathons and half marathons. She fell in love with triathlons because a parent of a student recommended she try it. A few years later, she found CrossFit. It has changed her life in so many ways… She wants to pass those things on to our youth through coaching.


If Kristen isn’t teaching in the classroom or at the gym, she can be found cheering on her 16 year old son on the soccer field.


Favorite WOD: DT


Favorite Quote: “I Can. I Will. End of story.”


Favorite Cheat Food: Tacos

CF - L1

Scaling Certificate

Judges

ERIN BABCOCK

YOGA INSTRUCTOR


Erin is a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT® 200, RYT® 500, YACEP®) who teaches various styles of yoga; Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Slow Flow, Restorative and Yin. Her passion lies in tailoring yoga to suit your lifestyle. She truly believes incorporating a consistent yoga practice into your regular routine will affect positive change in all areas of your life. Her focus is awareness of body, breath and mind through stillness, flow and meditation.


She has found a passion in working with athletes, specifically CrossFitters, helping them supplement their extensive regimen with yoga to bring better mobility, strength, balance and focus to their training. As a CrossFit Athlete herself, she is able to use her own experiences inside the gym to offer personalized yoga sequencing that compliments the weekly programming.

200-hr RYT

MEGHAN BARRETT

COACH


Meghan has been a CrossFitter and CrossFit Coach since 2012. She first joined CrossFit because she wanted to be able to do a pull-up in her dress on her wedding day (she did by the way.)


She is a 2 time CrossFit Regionals athlete. Now she uses her fitness to keep up with her 2 young boys.
Meghan enjoys helping athletes workout through all transitions in their lives including injury, pregnancy and postpartum.


She loves to travel and has lived all over the world, including: Australia, Abu Dhabi and Cayman Islands.
She loves reading, the beach, sloths, sparkling wine and people who put their shopping carts back.

CF L-1

CF L-2

Certified Holistic Health Coach

MORGAN SHELDON

COACH


Morgan was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina and has been an athlete all of this life.  A natural leader as a high school football player, Morgan served as a captain on the team.  While in college at Campbell University, Morgan spent a great deal of his free time as football coach at Cardinal Gibbons High School.  Since joining CFC in 2018, Morgan has been a well-respected athlete and a valuable part of our community.  He recently graduated from college with a degree in business administration.  While not working his full time job as a home builder or working out at the gym, Morgan enjoys spending time with his dog, his friends, and his family.


EVA RAFFERTY

COACH


Eva spent 5 years as an officer in the Air Force before separating in 2019 and diving into crushing life as a coach and Mom of one sweet girl. She always had a passion for health and fitness. She earned her bachelors in Kinesiology and Masters in Exercise Science with a focus in Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention. Since then, CrossFit and nutrition have become huge pillars in her daily life.


She started coaching in 2016 in South Dakota and once she made NC her home she continued while also earning certifications. She is passionate about meeting athletes where they are and helping them achieve their goals. It’s her goal to bring you the best hour of your day.


CF L-1

CF L2

CF Weightlifting Certificate

Spot the Flaw Certificate

Scaling Certificate

Running Certificate

Judges Course

Precision Nutrition Level 1

Working Against Gravity Coaching Certificate

MAUREEN HOLT

Child Watch Coordinator & Box Administrator


Maureen has been a part of the CFC team since before the doors opened! As the leader of our childcare program, keeping all the kiddos safe and happy so that moms and dads can have the best hour of their day is only one part of Maureen’s role at CFC. She’s also involved in our marketing and administration, leads team events and keeps all of our box signage looking beautiful. When she’s not working, you can find her CrossFitting with some of her favorites at CFC, perusing her local Target with a piping hot Starbucks blonde roast in hand or at home snuggled up with her family for movie night.