Coaches

  • Melissa Mitchell

    Co-Owner, Doctor of Physical Therapy, CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Kids

    Melissa Mitchell is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and CrossFit Kids lead at CrossFit Dedication. A lifelong athlete, she competed in cross country, track and basketball growing up. After high school, she took up running, completing several marathons. She experimented with a few different workout regimes, even hiring a personal trainer.

    Then in 2008, a friend talked her into trying out a new gym that was doing something called CrossFit, and everything changed. After one session, she knew she had stumbled into something completely unlike what she had tried before. She was hooked. The results she saw over the next few months quickly outpaced any program she had tried before.

    Within a couple years, she had qualified for the CrossFit Regionals!

    Blending her professional training as a physical therapist with her passion for CrossFit has been a hugely rewarding experience. She is able to work with athletes of any background or physical limitation, adapting the workouts to their needs. She takes great pride in showing people that they are capable of much more than they have been told!

    When she’s not busy as a therapist, coach, wife, mother of two (or is it three?) boys, or athlete, you’re likely to find Melissa binge-watching NCIS or quoting lines from Jurassic Park.


  • Matt Mitchell

    Co-owner, CrossFit Level 2, CrossFit Endurance

    Matt Mitchell is the head coach and lead programmer at CrossFit Dedication. He was a multi-sport athlete growing up in Michigan, having played football, basketball, and baseball, as well as running on the track team in High School.

    But his true love was golf (of all things!), so he enrolled at Ferris State University to earn a degree in Professional Golf Management. He continued to run on the track team while at Ferris State, and after graduation spent seven years as a golf pro.

    He returned to school at Wright State University for a degree in Business Education, and relaunched his career as a high school teacher and Track and Field coach. He took up racing for himself again as well, competing in marathons, triathlons, and cycling races. He also started dabbling in this newfangled thing called CrossFit.

    After his teaching and coaching positions fell victim to budget cuts, Matt took an inventory of his background and education in coaching, athletic performance, education and business. He realized then what he was supposed to be doing.

    And so CrossFit Dedication was born!

    Matt has continued his education and development as a coach since opening the doors of CFD in 2013, receiving his CrossFit Level 2 and CrossFit Endurance certifications. He has found his true passion in helping people to enhance and improve their lives through increased physical fitness.


  • Kelly Spurlock

    CrossFit Level 2

    Kelly Spurlock is a CrossFit Level 2 coach at CrossFit Dedication. A five-year veteran of the US Army, he holds degrees in Civil Engineering Technology and Organizational Leadership. Outside the box, he works as a GIS technician with Vectren.

    In 2012, Kelly took up CrossFit as part of a New Year’s resolution. Inside of a month, he discovered a level of physical potential that he would have never guessed was still present in a guy in his 40s. He lost 20 pounds while putting on muscle, and gained mobility he thought was long gone. “It didn’t take long for me to realize that my body was changing," Kelly says. "My belt size kept going down even though my weight was holding steady after the initial 20 pound loss."

    Now nearing 50, Kelly realizes that to keep his health where he wants it, CrossFit is more important than ever. CrossFit, combined with a healthy diet, has enabled him to stay off of any medications and allows him to do the recreational things that are important in life.

    Kelly believes the environment at CrossFit Dedication has all of the right ingredients to make healthy, strong and confident people of any age, at any level of ability. His coaching philosophy reflects that; he wants everyone in his classes to walk out a little better than they walked in, so they can enjoy life the way they want to for as long as they want to.

    “Simply put, this stuff just works."


  • Zach Gueth

    CrossFit Level 1

    Zach Gueth is a CrossFit Level 1 Coach at CrossFit Dedication. When he's not coaching adults, you'll find him improving the athletic lives of area youth as the Sports Management and Marketing Instructor at the Miami Valley Career Technology Center.

    Zach played baseball in high school, and excelled on the football field in both high school and college. After his football career was over, he discovered skiing (water and snow), which have since become passionate hobbies for him. If he's not at the gym or at work, you're likely to find him on the water or the slopes.

    Zach came to CrossFit looking for a change from the monotony of the workouts he had been following almost his whole life. The constant variation of CrossFit was a welcome change, and introduced him to movements and work capacity that he never thought he'd have.

    He teaches all his athletes the sports philosophy made popular by Brian Kight at The Ohio State University. Kight taught the football program there that success is controlled by the formula E+R=O, where E is an event, R is our response, and O is the outcome. We can't always control Events, but our Response to them will determine the Outcome.


  • Rick Drake

    CrossFit Level 1

    Rick Drake is a CrossFit Level 1 coach at Crossfit Dedication. Before he comes into the gym in the evenings to build athletes at CFD, he is an architect at Architrend, LLC.

    Fitness has always been a big part of Rick's life. He played football all through high school and his first year at college, before a shoulder injury cut his career short.

    Several years and more than a few pounds later, he found himself in a CrossFit gym. He was hooked from the very first workout, falling in love with the community, the workouts, and the philosophy. CrossFit restored his athletic drive, inspired him to clean up his diet, and allowed him to have fun working out again. And all while losing 30 pounds!

    Rick is thrilled to share his passion for CrossFit, now as a coach. Whether he's working with brand new athletes or gym veterans, he's excited to share the lessons and benefits he's received with all of his classes.


  • Patrick Larreategui

    CrossFit Level 1

    Patrick Larreategui is a CrossFit Level 1 coach at CrossFit Deidcation, and might be the most interesting man in the world. He's a surgeon by trade, but also an aerobatic pilot, international adventurer, father, and husband. And also a CrossFitter. He is a graduate of the University of Dayton, and attended Michigan State for medical school, where he discovered weight training as an outlet for stress.

    In 2007, a personal trainer he was working with made the move to open one of the first CrossFit boxes in the area, and Patrick went along. He's been addicted ever since, competing in many area competitions, and attaining his CrossFit Level 1 certification in 2013.

    A specialist in minimally invasive, advanced laparoscopic surgery, he spends much of his non-flying time repairing hernias, removing gallbladders, or battling colon cancer. Otherwise, you'll find him doing burpees and box jumps and double-unders so fast your eyes will spin. As a physician and an coach, he believes that prevention is the best medicine, and he works hard to set the example for his patients as well as his athletes.


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