A competitive athlete his entire life, “Derz” played football at both the Air Force Academy and Texas A&M – Commerce. He fell in love with fitness in college while working in the offseason at the Academy. He was fortunate enough to initially develop his knowledge from Allen Hedrick, M.A., CSCS*D, the head strength and conditioning coach at both the Olympic Training Center and the Air Force Academy.
He continued his education at Texas A&M – Commerce under Dr. Ken Alford, PhD. In 2006, Mycal graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Health and Human Performance, Kinesiology. Upon the completion of his collegiate career, his focus was shifted to bodybuilding where he placed in the top five of each competition, winning two classes along the way. As an Officer of Marines, he spent time developing remedial fitness programs for the Marines in various units boosting performance in annual Physical Fitness Tests by more than 25%. In 2009 and 2011 he developed offseason strength and conditioning programs for the Gila Ridge High School Football team, helping them reach the 2011 Arizona State Playoffs for the first time in school history. This programing helped a number of players move on to play at the college level. Mycal now regularly competes locally and regionally in CrossFit competitions.
With a Master’s of Science in Exercise and Wellness (Arizona State), backed by Bachelor’s of Science in Health and Human Performance (TAMU-Commerce), Mycal has dedicated his life to applying his education to fitness and performance training. According to his peers and clients, Mycal is one of the best performance coaches in Arizona.
Athletic her entire life, Laura played many sports from a young age, and played in competitive leagues throughout high school. She enjoyed playing soccer in college as well. Laura graduated from Kansas State University with a major in Public Relations with a minor in Leadership Studies.
Laura has always been passionate about training, but when she found CrossFit in early 2012 she instantly found a passion for the sport. This led her to get her CrossFit Level 1 certification so she could share her passion with others. She takes pride in studying fitness and training methodology to learn more and become a more effective coach for our athletes at CF PHX. Laura’s competitive spirit helps her push her athletes to the next level. As a coach she prides herself in setting the example though clean living and intense training, keeping athletes motivated to constantly perform and push themselves and have fun along the way.
Caitlin has been a coach at Crossfit PHX for 2 years. While she played sports when she was younger, she didn’t find a passion for fitness until college, when she watched her mom lose 30 pounds and her dad lose 40 pounds at a personal group training gym in Chandler. Once she moved to Scottsdale and discovered Crossfit, she was hooked. It took some bouncing around gyms before a friend brought her to Crossfit PHX and she signed up right away. About a year after she joined, she decided she wanted to try coaching and getting more involved in the awesome Crossfit PHX community. Caitlin completed an internship with Coach Derz and her Crossfit L-1 certification.
With a certification through Precision Nutrition, Caitlin has started “Macros and Metcons”, coaching members and non-members of Crossfit PHX in macro tracking and flexible dieting. With a real passion for food and fitness, she wants to help people find freedom in food choices to achieve their aesthetic and athletic goals. After experimenting with macro tracking for several years and then signing up for her own nutrition coach through Working Against Gravity, she was motivated to help more people see the results she saw. She looks forward to continuing to learn about nutrition, fitness, coaching and business to further her career with Crossfit PHX and beyond.
Almost 6 years ago Sam was told by a doctor that he was on the verge of liver failure and that if he continued to live life the way he has been he would be facing some serious health complications. Shortly after this wake up call, Sam discovered Crossfit. Being instantly drawn to Olympic lifting and gymnastics movements he knew he wanted to get more involved. He took the next few years developing competency in Olympic lifting, gymnastics, and other fundamental CrossFit movements/skills.
He credits CrossFit for his relentless pursuit of “Raising The Standard” as we like to say at CrossFit PHX. This pursuit stretched beyond fitness into his every day life and made him passionate to help others on their journeys.
Although Sam enjoys coaching all levels of athletes, he loves working with people who are recovering from an injury. This comes from his long background in massage therapy and sports massage.
From a young age, Allie has always been active. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Allie played competitive volleyball throughout high school and her first years of college. After her volleyball career ended, Allie searched for something that would keep her physically fit and satisfy her competitive drive. When she moved to Arizona in 2013, Allie continued her education in health & wellness at Arizona State University. When a friend introduced her to CrossFit, Allie was hooked.
It wasn’t until Coach Derz spoke in one of her college courses that Allie decided to pursue coaching. Allie took on his internship program after graduation and realized even more her love for the sport. Upon completion of the internship, Allie got her CrossFit Level 1 Certification so that she could coach other to be stronger athletes.
Allie is passionate about helping others reach their true potential and be their best selves. She is honored to be a part of the CrossFit PHX team & community. In addition to coaching, Allie also works for a nonprofit organization that gives teens the tools to improve mental and physical health.
Nathan is a sunshine baby, born and raised in Arizona. He has been involved in sports from an early age, primarily in running track and wrestling through high school. After high school he focused on powerlifting and competed at a National level for several years before being introduced to CrossFit in early 2010. After suffering from a knee injury that led to an ACL replacement, he used the CrossFit methodology to speed up his recovery process and was back to competing in CrossFit in 2011. While developing health and education and sports programs for local Boys & Girls Clubs at that time, he wanted to expand his reach and received his CrossFit Level 1 certification to start training and helping more individuals. He has been involved in helping develop and improve individuals, semi-pro football teams, and local soccer teams since 2011.
He currently competes in Olympic Weightlifting at a National level with USAW and has focused his personal training development on weightlifting since 2015.
He is driven by his desire to see others make positive changes in their lives through the application of exercise.
He constantly reminds his clients, “It’s always too early to quit”.
Thatcher hails from Dillon, Montana. An athlete his entire life, Thatcher finished his collegiate football career as a wide receiver at Southern Utah University. He completed his Bachelors in Business Management and would follow that up with an MBA from Grand Canyon University.
Thatcher has been immersed in CrossFit, both athlete and coach, as a means to connect and let off steam with amazing people. He showed up and did well in his appearance as an individual at the Southwest Regionals in 2018!!
He has since earned his CFP designation and founded Taylor Financial, making his life’s purpose to help people achieve not only their fitness goals, but their financial one’s too!