Coach Doug began his CrossFit journey while on active duty in the Marine Corps. Having been involved with martial arts and fitness since 1978, he was intrigued by these “cross-training people putting up free workouts on their website”. He began incorporating the crossfit.com
workouts into his training regimen while stationed at MCB Quantico in 2002, where he served as the Chief Instructor for the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program. Soon he had other Marines in his cadre doing the workouts along with him.
As a fighter and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) coach Doug found the workouts to be challenging and a great strength and conditioning program for his fighters as well as for himself. In 2007 when he opened his own MMA gym in Manassas, VA, he continued to incorporate the CrossFit workouts and methodologies with his athletes. By the end of 2008 Doug expanded the gym, became a Level One CrossFit Trainer, and CrossFit Manassas became an official affiliate. Doug has since earned his Certified CrossFit Trainer, or “Level 3” certification and USA Weightlifting Sport Performance Coach certification.
As a professional instructor, his experience teaching adults has included curriculum design at all levels and literally thousands of hours of formal instruction training, programming, and coaching.
Doug still coaches CrossFit athletes, Olympic Weightlifters, Strength and Conditioning clients, as well as Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Thai Boxing, and MMA students on a daily basis. He is continually studying and looking for ways to improve the processes and products available to the members of Vanguard Gym and CrossFit Manassas. Helping people reach and surpass their goals is Doug’s passion, and you can expect a very straight-forward no-nonsense approach when working with him.
Doug has been training, studying, and coaching performance related skills for over thirty-five years. He has extensively trained in Weapons Handling (firearms, bladed, and others), Combative Engagements, Wrestling, Karate, Boxing, Judo, Grappling, Thai Boxing , and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), in which he is a Black Belt under the world famous Leo Dalla. His competition resume includes an undefeated Thai boxing record and multiple Pan-Am medals at the black belt level. He also has his CPR and AED Certifications.