Big Dawgs About


Big Dawgs Coaches work with athletes of all ages and stages of their fitness; from weekend warriors to athletes training for specific competitions like the Open, Sanctionals, and the Games.

We have a storied history in the sport of functional fitness (our founder was the inaugural fittest man on earth) but we work with athletes in all sports and those who are just plain serious about their fitness.

Our coaches have mastered the OPEX System of Coaching and been mentored by James Fitzgerald himself. We take that education to another level by meeting weekly as a team to share client program design knowledge and dissect real client case studies. We take a team approach so that we always design the best program for you to perpetually progress forward. Yes, your program design will most likely be evaluated and supported by the entire coaching staff.

Our athletes love winning. Winning the day, the workout, and winning in competitions. Creating challenging goals, achieving them, then celebrating the success is what we live for.

Big Dawgs About

Meet the coaches

  • Big Dawgs Brian Foley

    Brian Foley

    Brian’s experience with competitive sports gave him the drive to pursue fitness and help others on their fitness journey. First starting in the CrossFit community, he became a coach for two Souther...

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  • Big Dawgs Henry Torano

    Henry Torano

    There isn’t a sport that Henry hasn’t played, from football and volleyball to triathlons and ironmans, he’s done it all. But he quickly learned that to gain an edge on the field, there would have t...

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  • Big Dawgs Matt Bryant

    Matt Bryant

    Shortly after finding the efficacy of mixed modal training for himself, Matt began using it with success on clients and as a men’s and women’s college basketball strength and conditioning coach....

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  • Big Dawgs Matt Springer

    Matt Springer

    Matt Springer has taken a meticulous journey in becoming the coach you see today. His interest for strength and conditioning arose as a means of preparation for the gridiron and wrestling mat. E...

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  • Big Dawgs Michael Bann

    Michael Bann

    Michael Bann started is career holding multiple positions in the strength and conditioning industry such as the Head Strength Coach for a law enforcement academy.  While studying exercise scien...

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  • Big Dawgs Mike McElroy

    Mike McElroy

    Mike found CrossFit in 2004 and quickly started following the original Big Dawgs blog. It was with the help of this blog that he made it to CrossFit Regionals in 2010. Following these Regionals, Mi...

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  • Big Dawgs Mizar Fuentes Ortega

    Mizar Fuentes Ortega

    As a former gymnast and gymnastics coach, Mizar found himself looking for another physical challenge and that’s when he found CrossFit (2009). He quickly realized this was something he wanted to...

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  • Big Dawgs Sean McGovern

    Sean McGovern

    Sean got into CrossFit in the early years, competing on a team that took 13th place at the Games. Anxious to become part of building upon his story, he pursued coaching – interning under Justin Mar...

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  • Big Dawgs Sam Smith

    Sam Smith

    A former professional golfer, his interest in movement led him to pursue further study in Physical Therapy. After five years in the clinic, Sam turned his attention to coaching competitive athle...

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  • Big Dawgs Will Trujillo

    Will Trujillo

    “Someone at some point made a difference in my life and it's my turn to make a difference.” As a collegiate football athlete, Will studied exercise science, which led him to further pursue a docto...

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  • Big Dawgs Whitney Reese

    Whitney Reese

    Whitney has been a lifelong multiple sport athlete. She’s competed in tennis, karate, basketball, track, cross country, and soccer. After an ACL injury as a teenager, she focused exclusively on soc...

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  • Big Dawgs Carl Hardwick

    Carl Hardwick

    Carl Hardwick has dedicated his life to health and fitness. Already as a teenager, Hardwick lived at the gym. A 3-time All-Conference football player at Saint Mary’s University, Hardwick became pas...

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