Coach Smalls, Head Coach & General Manager
Coach Smalls is the Head Coach and General Manager at CrossFit NCS. He joined NCS in 2020 and leads our athlete and coaching development initiatives at NCS. He also leads the NCS CAP (Competitive Athlete Program), providing individual coaching and development of Rx and Elite competitive athletes at NCS.
Smalls is a San Antonio, TX native. During his years in high school, he played football primarily and ran track. Shortly after graduating, he followed the family tradition and joined the world’s greatest Air Force. He was stationed here at our very own Air Force Academy for 7 years before being honorably discharged to return to his education in 2018. He now attends University Colorado – Colorado Springs, pursuing his degree in Exercise Science and a minor in American Sign Language.
CrossFit and the community involved have been his home away from home since 2011. What started as a casual need to work on his general fitness and wellness turned into a love for competition and evolved into a passion to be further involved in the community. Coaching over 6 years, he has had the special opportunity to work with amazing individuals of all athletic ranges. Working with a brand new individual starting their fitness journey and helping a 5-year member, hold the same level of fulfillment for him.
Coach Matthew “Matty”
Matthew “Matty” Simpleman is a Colorado Springs native who has been part of the CrossFit NCS community since he was in elementary school. With it being his number one passion, he wants to create a career in CrossFit while helping people become the best versions of themselves! Outside of the fitness world, Matty loves all things outdoors, fixing up cars, and giving dogs every drop of attention!
Coach Ali grew up in Washington State where she played soccer throughout her youth. She went on to row varsity crew at Western Washington University and followed that with a decade of running half and full marathons.
It was after the birth of her second child that she went looking for something new, as the wear and tear of running had left her burned out both physically and mentally. In 2010 she walked into a CrossFit gym and never looked back.
In the early days, Ali helped several different teams qualify for the CrossFit Games regionals and served as an alternate for those teams. Since then she has coached at CrossFit Invictus in San Diego and CrossFit Loft in Seattle.
What Ali enjoys most is helping others achieve their goals and hit PRs. In addition, she likes to use her extensive experience doing CrossFit during and after pregnancy and before and after hip surgery to assist people with similar special circumstances. She believes strongly in using accessory work to help prevent and heal injuries.
Ali worked as an ICU nurse for 9 years before becoming a CrossFit coach, which provided her with more flexibility as she moved every few years due to her husband’s service in the U.S. Coast Guard. Now settled in Colorado Springs, they have three kids (15, 12, and 8) who are competitive swimmers. When not at swim meets or in the gym, she can be found hiking throughout the area with her family.
Ali is known for her “sunny” disposition during warmups and is always game for dishing out some motivational pep talk.
Tim, Coach & Owner
Tim is coach and owner of Crossfit NCS. A lifelong runner, Tim began his CrossFit journey in 2010 and has had a “healthy addiction” to it ever since. He can be found in the gym each day coaching, working out, and hanging out with the awesome community of athletes at CrossFit NCS. Tim’s passion for the gym centers on helping others find and embrace the life-altering impact of fitness, regardless of their age or athletic background.
A father of two, he’s often found with his German Shepherd, Murphy, in the gym. . Tim spends as much time in the mountains as possible, hiking and climbing to high altitudes.