Coaching Staff

  • james

    I have not always been a very active person. Early in my life, I struggled with my weight and a multitude of health problems. After frequent illnesses and visits to doctors’ offices; I decided I needed to change the way I was living my life. I needed to take responsibility for my personal health & fitness. I began exercising, playing sports, cleaning up my diet and seeking greater knowledge on how I could not only help myself, but others as well.

    It soon became my mission in life to find an outlet to aid others in living healthier, happier lives. I have been involved in the fitness field for the past nine years training, competing and coaching. I attended and graduated from the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Cortland with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology: Fitness Development. Currently, I am a full time Coach here at Albany CrossFit where I have the privilege to help bring about positive change in the lives of others.


    Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology: Fitness Development

    CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
    CrossFit Mobility & Movement Trainer
    CrossFit Endurance Trainer
    CrossFit Gymnastics

    Attitude Nation Weightlifting Level 1
    Attitude Nation Weightlifting Level 2
    Donny Shankle Weightlifting Seminar
    USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach
    Member of USA Weightlifting (USAW)

    Other Certifications & Seminars
    Performance Movement Taping (PMT) (Rock Tape)
    Punk Rope: Doubles or Nothing Workshop
    Rolling on the Floor Laughing: Mobility Workshop
    Tactical Athlete: Kettlebell Workshop with Jeff Martone
    YMCA Healthy Lifestyles & Principles
    YMCA Strength & Conditioning
    ASHI CPR Pro

    Athletic Achievements
    CF Revelation Open Weightlifting Championships, Enfield, CT (2013)
    Niagara District & Open Weightlifting Championships, Springville, NY (2013)
    43rd (Scaled) – Albany CrossFit Xs & Ys Garage Games, Albany, NY (2012)
    23rd (Scaled) – Albany CrossFit Tri-State Throwdown, Albany, NY (2012)
    1st (Tied) (Featherweight Class) – Albany CrossFit Strongman Competition, Albany, NY (2011)
    4th Place (166-181 Weight Class) – Monster Bench Press Competition, Cooperstown, NY (2011)

  • jason

    The man is infamous. He is a motivation and inspiration to all. And, holy cow does he have a sick sense of humor! Jason was double his current size when he starting crossfitting in 2009. He is looking to pay back what CrossFit has given him, by giving back as a coach. He is extremely sharp, and his knowledge is growing faster than his waist is shrinking. We look forward to an even lighter, even better Coach Murph in the near future.

    Jason holds the following certifications
    CrossFit Level 1 Trainer / CF Strongman / CF Olympic Lifting / CF Rowing / CF Goal Setting / CF Endurance / CF Mobillity / CF Kettlebells / Attitude Nation Weightlifting Level 1 / Attitude Nation Level 2 / Punk RopeDoubles or Nothing / AHA CPR

  • adam

    Brand new to the CrossFit community in early 2013, Adam quickly developed a passion for the sport, and a thirst for the knowledge to improve on something every day in the gym.

    Having been highly active in high school and college athletics, a competitive atmosphere is right at home for Adam; hence the passion for CrossFit. The ability to learn and help others grow as athletes on both a competitive scale and a recreational is truly gratifying for Adam. Making athletes better in any aspect of physical fitness is truly gratifying, and a beautiful challenge each and every day. Adam's background as a baseball and football coach, as well as a boxing trainer provide the motivational base Adam brings to each class.

    When Adam isn't coaching he is a media rep for the local ESPN affiliate. You can usually find Adam in the squat rack, or trying to mobilize a hip capsule or shoulder joint.

    “Work hard… work so hard you feel you can’t work anymore- then do a little more.”

    Adam is a CrosssFit Level 1 certified coach.

  • christopher

    After years of bicep curls and dabbling with the occasional Crossfit workout, Chris Anderson made the leap and joined Albany CrossFit in 2010. By day, he is a middle school social studies teacher and basketball coach. By night, he hits WODs hard in the hopes of becoming a better, more knowledgeable Crossfit athlete. Chris enjoys long duration workouts and Hero WODs but his favorite workout is definitely Cindy.

    After two years at Albany CrossFit, Chris decided to combine his passion for teaching and his love of Crossfit by getting his L1 through CrossFit HQ. He runs our evening On Ramp Camp and coaches a handful of classes each week. Chris brings his love of teaching to CrossFit, incorporating games, lessons, and fun into each class he leads. While he enjoys the workouts and improved fitness, his favorite part of Albany CrossFit is the caring, supportive community that makes it such a special place.


    Bachelors Degree in Social Studies and Secondary Education from the Univeristy at Albany
    Masters Degree in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology from the Univeristy at Albany
    CrossFit Level 1 Certified Trainer
    Mobility, Gymnastics, and Endurance Certified through Crossfit HQ

  • Desire

    Desire comes to Albany CrossFit with a competitive athletic background. She played and coached division 1 soccer at Marist college and competitive league soccer in Puerto Rico. She started at Albany CrossFit through the urging of her sister D. Bianca and has found a passion for not only the sport but the community as well.

    Desire is a CrossFit Level 1 Certified Coach.

  • Kat

    Kat has been a member of Albany CrossFit for well over 4 years. She is a former high school and college cross-country runner and volleyball player who was looking to fill the competitive void in her adult life; and found cross-fit. She has also played and coached roller derby in Albany for a few years. She teaches high school physical education and coaches’ cross-country and track and field here in the capital region.

    Kat currently coaches a few classes a week and will often be seen hitting WOD’s with the community here at Albany CrossFit. Feel free to seek out Kat with any questions!


    CrossFit Level 1 Trainer – November 2013
    CrossFit Judges Certificate 2013, 2014
    Rolling on the Floor Laughing: A Seriously Fun Mobility Workshop

    Masters of Science in Health Education TUI University - December 2009

    Bachelor of Science in Education - Physical Education K-12 State University of New York College at Cortland - December 2007

    CPR/First Aid Certified

  • nick

    I found CrossFit because I was tired with my mundane exercise routine. Courtney Baksa suggested I give CrossFit a try so I signed up for the February 2013 bootcamp. Crossfit changed my whole outlook on fitness and health. It has made me more conscientious about what goes in to my body. I was asked to start coaching when I moved to Iowa at a local Des Moines affiliate. I accepted because I wanted to help others reach their fitness goals through CrossFit. If I were to choose a dream job it would be owning and operating a successful CrossFit Affiliate. My favorite CrossFit movement is the worlds fastest lift, the snatch.

    BSBA Business Administration
    CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

  • patrick

    Pat came to Crossfit from a Martial Arts background with over 20 years of experience as a student and instructor. He played Rugby in college and for teams in New Jersey and Albany; and in a past life, he was a high school teacher. Pat works for the New York State United Teachers union as Assistant Manager of Member Benefits overseeing its coordinated communications efforts.

    He has been CrossFitting since November of 2008 and favors the longer Metcons with bodyweight movements.


    Bachelor of Science in Education: Social Studies – Niagara University

    CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
    CrossFit Endurance
    CrossFit Goal Setting
    CrossFit Gymnastics
    CrossFit Kettlebells
    CrossFit Mobility
    CrossFit Olympic Lifting
    CrossFit Rowing

    Attitude Nation Weightlifting Level 1

    Other Certifications and Seminars:
    Fudoshin Karate Instructor’s Certification
    Fudoshin Karate Lifetime Achievement Award 2008
    Fudoshin Karate Rank of Rokudan 2009
    Punk Rope: Doubles or Nothing Workshop

  • drb

    “Albany Crossfit Rocks! Being a chiropractor is a very physical job that is very hard on the joints. Crossfit has helped keep my joints strong and my bones healthy. Weight-bearing exercise is one of the best ways to stimulate cartilage and bone cell growth. Crossfit is helping me stay strong for the future. Thank you to Jason Ackerman and the ACF community for encouraging me to start in 2010. It has been a blessing in many ways.”

    Dr. Bianca Treski Hughes is the spine coach at Albany Crossfit. She is always willing to chat with athletes on how to improve performance and avoid injury by addressing structure weaknesses. Dr. B graduated from the New York Chiropractic College in 2003 and is a Distinguished Fellow in the Chiropractic Biophysics Technique with a specialty in scoliosis correction. She played collegiate rugby and intramural softball in graduate school.

  • Chantelle aka "Black Mamba" was introduced to Crossfit in early 2011 by her husband. She immediately became hooked, and within five months of joining she lost 25 pounds and was named the winner of one of Albany Crossfit's first Paleo challenges.

    A strong woman both inside and outside of the gym, Mamba is especially committed to helping our female athletes develop the strength and confidence that she found herself through powerlifting.

    Chantelle currently coaches our ladies lifting program, which is a weekly class dedicated to improving the squat, deadlift, press, and bench press.

    Chantelle is a Level 1 trainer and CrossFit Crossfit Powerlifting trainer.

    When she is not getting people stronger she is practicing Law for the New York State.

  • drbShye has been managing the Court Club since 2001. He is a certified Pilates instructor and has been teaching mat classes since 2003. He also teaches Body Pump and In-door cycling.

    Shye became a Level 1 Crossfit trainer in October 2011 and offers personal training. In addition, he is a squash and racquetball instructor and offers introductory lessons to people who have an interest in learning these sports at the Court Club. Recently Shye became the owner of Albany CrossFit. You can find Shye and his basset hound Louie every day at the Court Club!