Coaches

Ray Martinez

Owner | Head Coach


Coach Ray Martinez has been involved in CrossFit since 2012 and has coached at several CrossFit facilities. He strives to be an excellent coach and connect with every person with which he comes into contact. He has witnessed a countless number of life transformations associated with CrossFit and he says, “it never gets old."

Education and Experience:

In addition to participating in several CrossFit competitions and events, Coach Ray has also earned the following credentials:

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
CrossFit Weightlifting Trainer
Business of Excellence Seminar by Ben Bergeron
CrossFit Goal Setting

From Coach Ray:

CrossFit has the capability to expand and improve every aspect of our lives. CrossFit found me at a time when I needed it most. Without a doubt, I’m a better husband, father, friend, brother, son, worker and overall contributor to society because of my experiences with CrossFit. Most importantly, fitness remains a cornerstone in my life as I head into my forties. Perhaps the best part is I’ve established a lifetime of new friendships.

I want to help every single person who walks through our doors. We all face some kind of struggle and our days are a juggling act mixed with home, career, relationships, etc. It’s tough to focus on health and fitness with our busy schedules. Show up for a class, give us an hour of your day a couple days a week and we’ll take care of the rest.

Stephanie Griffin

Owner | Coach


Coach Stephanie Griffin has been doing CrossFit since June 2013. She's worked out in 39 different CrossFit boxes across the country and has learned something from each one.

Education and Experience:

Coach Stephanie has earned the following credentials, participated in various CrossFit competitions, and attended several CrossFit events.

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Weightlifting Trainer
CrossFit Kids Trainer

Stephanie has two degrees - a Master’s of Education and a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration - and 8+ years as a management consultant, all of which blend together nicely to set her up for success in owning a business and connecting with every single human who walks through the doors of CrossFit NCS.

From Coach Stephanie:

I’ll never forget walking into my first CrossFit box. I was nervous, intimidated, and scared. And definitely worried that maybe I wouldn’t have what it takes to do a CrossFit workout. Turns out it was just in my head. I finished that first workout, and I’ll never forget it. It totally rocked me, but in the best way possible. The challenge, the variety, the function, the community, the workout – I had never before experienced anything like it. I was hooked. CrossFit is a huge part of who I am and I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s given me so much life and has transformed me in various ways. Now I’d like to create the same opportunity for others to experience its greatness. In opening our box, I’ve chosen to make it my life’s work to positively impact as many people as I possibly can, using CrossFit as the means to do so. The beauty of CrossFit is that everyone can do it – truly everyone. All it takes is one step through our doors, and we’ll be there supporting you every step of the way. I look forward to getting to know each of you. Welcome to CrossFit NCS.

Melissa Simpleman

Coach


Coach Melissa Simpleman has been doing CF since 2014. She came upon a groupon and decided to give it a try in preparation for the Tough Mudder that year. Two years later, Melissa became a CF level 1 coach. She completed her internship in June 2016. She participated in various CF competitions, placing 2nd overall in her first competition. She hopes to inspire others as others have inspired her.

Education and Experience:

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Melissa holds a Bachelors degree in Sociology and an Associates of Applied Science degree in Occupational Therapy. She is a licensed certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA/L). She works part-time and coaches part-time.

From Coach Melissa:

I have been married for 15 years to a wonderful man and am the proud parent of two children, Marissa and Matthew. My family is very active, Marissa is 15 years old and plays softball year round, Matthew who is 12 years old, runs cross-country and plays baseball. My husband is an avid runner and is quickly learning to enjoy CrossFit!

I’ve experimented with kickboxing, MMA cardio, boxing, and done the traditional gym routines, but CrossFit is the only training where results happened within weeks for me. From my first CrossFit class I was inspired. I watched athletes lift insane amount of weight without hurting themselves, witnessed a female athlete bust out 20 plus pull-ups and so on. I knew this is where I needed to be, I needed to be apart of this community. Before I knew it I was conquering goals I had set for myself, for the first time I was able to do 10 consecutive push-ups. I realized those small goals were milestones in my fitness realm. My enthusiasm for the sport skyrocketed and I wanted others to share my excitement. My confidence began to appear outside of CrossFit. I was a happier person, a more positive person and had a lot more energy.

Witnessing an athlete get their first pull up, running their first mile, or completing a WOD as prescribed for the first time is truly an amazing feeling as a coach. Those moments have truly inspired me to be the best coach I can and encourage every person that steps foot into a CrossFit box.

Nilaja "NiNi" Montgomery

Coach


Sports and fitness have been the driving force in Coach Ni-Ni’s life since she was eight years old, when she began running track with AAU (Amateur Athletic Union). After an overuse injury ended her track career, she began non-weight bearing sports, rowing and cycling at Indiana University. It wasn’t until she got to Officer Candidate School in 2009 that her commander told her to “learn all things CrossFit”. After OCS, Ni-Ni went back to running on a regular basis, completing 3 half marathons, but she still longed for the community and team feel that she had in school. In December of 2012 she decided it was time to get her CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate and search for a place to train and coach. Being a military spouse has allowed her to live in almost every region of the US. She has gained experience and learned the culture firsthand from every box she has visited and been a member or coached in.

Education and Experience:

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
CrossFit Weightlifting Trainer

NiNi attended Indiana University and holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Kinesiology with a concentration as a Fitness Specialist. She also minored in Nutrition Sciences.

From Coach NiNi:

CrossFit truly is for everyone. If you listen to your body but push it to it’s limit, you will be boundless. You feel the best you’ve ever felt and you will learn more about yourself than you ever imagined you could. Never quit; always try your hardest. What keeps me moving in a hard WOD, is thinking about my son watching, and most of the time he is watching! I live for family and CrossFit NCS means family.


Mike Gray

Coach


Growing up, Coach Mike played a variety of sports — baseball, football, basketball and roller hockey. After graduating high school in 2005, he became less involved in physical activity as he focused more on his full time job. Inevitably, Coach Mike put on a lot of extra weight due to poor lifestyle choices. He was extremely unhappy, and in 2011 decided that he needed to make a big change. This is when Coach Mike’s true fitness journey started. He made a New Year's resolution to change the way he ate and started going to the gym regularly. Coach Mike completely restructured his diet and began exercising every day. One year later, he had lost over 70lbs! He started doing CrossFit-style workouts at home in 2012 before joining a CrossFit gym in 2013. Since then, fitness has evolved into a passion and a lifestyle for Coach Mike. He’s currently more active and happier than he’s ever been in his life, and loves being outside hiking, fishing, hunting or playing disc golf.

Education and Experience:

In addition to participating in several CrossFit competitions, Coach Mike has also earned the following credentials:

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
IYCA Youth Speed and Agility Specialist

From Coach Mike:

I love Crossfit because it is the hardest, most satisfying part of my day. There is nothing better than seeing a group of everyday people push themselves as hard as they can and watching them achieve their goals. My goal as a coach is to inspire and motivate people and young athletes the way fitness has done for me. Always try to keep a positive mindset and never give up!

Mike Harvey

Coach


As a kid, Mike was never someone people would call athletic; sports were not exactly his “thing.” He did do fairly well at high school wrestling (at 6’2” and weighing in at 112lbs). Being a scrawny, kid he never really spent any time or energy considering his nutrition or physical fitness. Life continued and Mike’s 20’s were gone. At 30 years old, he was larger in the middle than he liked, and very much not in shape. Then, he was diagnosed with a medical condition that causes occasional irregular heart rate. He knew that it was time to do something. He found an exciting challenge in doing Obstacle Course Racing, particularly Tough Mudders, including the 24Hour World’s Toughest Mudder. In 2013 Mike discovered CrossFit and it has changed his life. He is now fitter, stronger, and healthier than he's ever been.

Education and Experience:

In addition to participating in several CrossFit competitions, Coach Mike has also earned the following credentials:

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Full-Time Firefighter and Paramedic
Certified CPR/First Aid Instructor
Associates Degree in Paramedicine

From Coach Mike:

I always knew I should work out, but I never knew how to, or what to do. I'd run and get bored. I'd go to the “gym” and walk from machine to machine. I'd buy a video to do at home and eat a burrito instead. CrossFit is the perfect combination of friends, direction, and results. There are so many milestones to achieve (first Rx workout, first muscle up, new PRs) that I'm also feeling good about myself and constantly challenging myself to be better. With CrossFit, I have become better: better for me, my family, and my career.