Passionate Coaches

ABOUT US

Our talented coaches are all about teaching you how to be better! With their combination of experience, training, and insight, our trainers know just how to get you the results you’ve been reaching for - and you’ll have a great time doing it! Their balance of passion and compassion, mixed with an endless supply of support from our members and a hefty dose of your own determination, and you’ve got a recipe for unbelievable results.

  • Damon Phillips

    Owner & Head Coach

    Owner and Head Coach Damon Phillips also serves as CrossFit DSP’s director of programming. He has 23 years of coaching experience as a high school football coach, Athletic Director and CrossFit coach. After retiring from football coaching, he missed using his talents to improve athletes’ lives, so coaching CrossFit was an obvious choice. “I turned my passion for CrossFit into the one thing I knew how to do: coach,” he says.

    Damon has been CrossFitting for an impressive seven years, and he specializes in developing strength in his athletes. Part of that is learning their stories and what motivates them. He’s coached nine state champion high school powerlifters and three junior national powerlifters. His favorite quote is “Why do humans fear adversity when it is the one thing that makes us better?”

    Certifications:

    • CF Level 1
    • USA Weightlifting Level 1 Coach
    • CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting
    • CrossFit Strongman
    • CrossFit Mobility
    • Bachelor of Education - University of Texas at Austin
  • Sally Phillips

    Owner/CrossFit Kids Coach/CrossFit L1 Coach

    Owner and Coach Sally Phillips has been CrossFitting for an amazing seven years. Her former career as an elementary school teacher with a physical education background makes her the perfect choice for a CrossFit Kids coach. Her favorite part of coaching is getting to know members personally and celebrating their accomplishments both in and out of the box.

    Her passions are faith, family and food as well as the never-ending pursuit of knowledge. “I love to learn. I love to try new things. I experiment with diets often,” she says.

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1
    • CrossFit Kids
    • CrossFit Mobility
    • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
    • Minor in Kinesiology and math
    • Texas A&M University
    • Master of Science in Education-Curriculum and Instruction
    • Baylor University
  • Joe Martinez

    CrossFit L1 Coach

    Joe Martinez has always been drawn to coaching, but he never planned to become a CrossFit coach. “I began coaching when I was 15 as an assistant coach for a girl’s t-ball team,” he says. “Since then, I have coached baseball, football, softball, and soccer during my lifetime … and now CrossFit.”

    In the gym, Joe enjoys celebrating his members’ victories. “It might be as small as a first box jump, or their first RX WOD,” he says. “I am grateful for the people I have met through CrossFit. I love that they have let me be a part of their lives.”

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1
  • Nieves Rodriguez

    CrossFit L1 Coach

    Nieves Rodriguez is a cycling specialist. After being wounded in Iraq, he took up cycling and mountain biking. He’s done road races, time trials, and is a Race Across America finisher. After years of cycling, he got burned out, but his injuries kept him from thinking he could take on another sport. That is, until he found CrossFit. “I needed something new that would push my limits,” he says. “I walked into CrossFit DSP and talked to Damon. He said all the things I needed to hear. The next day, I was in the gym and haven’t looked back. I am so much stronger and healthier than I have ever been in my life. Especially before my injuries in combat.”

    His favorite quote is “Every day is an opportunity disguised as a challenge.”

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1
    • Spinning Certification
  • Taylor Colwell

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