Meet Our Coaches

COACH: CHRIS WATERS

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LEVEL 1 TRAINER/GENERAL MANAGER

Chris is from Panama City, FL and moved to Huntsville after receiving his Bachelor’s in Architecture from Auburn University.  Chris was a high school cross country runner.  He started CrossFit in 2018 and enjoyed the fun and encouraging atmosphere of group classes.  Chris is passionate about coaching and helping everyone improve their health and fitness.

COACH: MELISSA WATERS

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LEVEL 1 TRAINER/COACHING THE AGING ATHLETE CERT.

Melissa is from Huntsville, AL and is a software safety engineer.  Melissa found CrossFit in 2018 and quickly fell in love the sport.  She lost over 80 lbs and strives to improve every day.  As an athlete with osteoarthritis, Melissa is passionate about teaching others the importance of improving their health and nutrition to improve quality of life.  She maintained her Coaching the Aging Athlete Certificate in order to focus on scaling and keeping athletes of all ages safe and moving.  Melissa is also one of our CrossFit Kids trainers.

COACH: JESS JOHNSON

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LEVEL 1 TRAINER

Jess is from Clay, AL.  She has a Master’s in Art Education from The University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB) and is Program Director of the Visual Art Magnet Program at Lee High School.  While at UAB, her gymnastics and cheer background enabled her to become part of both the D1 co-ed and All Girls Cheer Teams.  She was also a National Stunt Champion.  Jess joined CrossFit in 2019 to enhance her performance in the Rocket City Roller Derby!  She fell in love with CrossFit and became Level 1 Trainer.  Jess loves working with athletes that are actively invested in themselves and taking steps to improve their health and wellbeing.

COACH: ALICIA HARRISON

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LEVEL 1 TRAINER/ GYMNASTIC SPECIALTY COURSE CERT.

Alicia grew up in Huntsville, Alabama where she earned her Bachelors in Electrical Engineering and Masters in Systems Engineering from University of Alabama in Huntsville. Alicia started CrossFit in 2017. She wanted to get back into an active lifestyle. Now as a coach, she loves to connect with each athlete by inspiring them to achieve new movements, get stronger, and lift spirits! She loves to see the members at Empire South succeed and reach their goals.

COACH: ERIC STEINFATH

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LEVEL 1 TRAINER

Eric grew up in Rogersville, Alabama. He is a Huntsville FireFighter. He is a Level 1 coach. Coach Eric loves to help people. He loves giving the Empire South member’s the motivation they need to help them get through WODs.

COACH: TIFFANY Perry

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LEVEL 1 TRAINER

Tiffany grew up in Priceville, Alabama. She retained her undergrad from The University of Alabama and is now in the process of getting her PhD from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in Biology. Tiffany grew up doing gymnastics and she is a certified gymnastics coach. Tiffany also enjoys working with our CrossFit Kids program. Her favorite movements are Handstand Walking and Muscle Ups.

COACH: SCOTT RAUER

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LEVEL 2 TRAINER

Scott grew up in Rocky Point, New York, a small town in Eastern Long Island. He graduated from West Point and served 22 years in the Army, completing a Master’s Degree at Georgia Tech along the way. While serving in the Army Special Operations, Scott was first introduced to CrossFit in 2007. In 2016, he started coaching and has enjoyed sharing what he’s learned throughout the years from many great coaches he has worked with, his wife Tracey is also a L2 CrossFit Coach. He emphasizes the benefits of CrossFit and improve the health of all who workout at CFES.

COACH: SPENCER HARRISON

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LEVEL 2 TRAINER/ GYMNASTIC SPECIALTY COURSE CERT.

Spencer grew up in Huntsville, Alabama where he earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Aerospace Engineering from University of Alabama in Huntsville. Spencer started CrossFit in 2016. He wanted to get back into an active lifestyle and to feel healthier. He was quickly immersed in the incredible community and profound methodology. Now as a coach, he loves to help others get better day after day and to reach and exceed their goals!

COACH: ERIN STEINFATH

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LEVEL 1 TRAINER

Erin grew up in Huntsville, Alabama.  She earned her undergrad from The University of Alabama and her Masters in Accountancy at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.  Erin started CrossFit in 2012, in order to get back in shape after the birth of her first child.  Erin’s favorite CrossFit movements are burpees, handstand pushups, and power cleans, and she loves the community and comradery the sport provides.  As a coach, Erin loves encouraging athletes and assisting them in meeting their health and fitness goals.