All of the coaches at CrossFit Rebels have a love and passion for health and fitness, and a commitment to improving the health, fitness, athletic performance and lives of the Rebel community.
Coach Sarah has more than 15 years of experience in the fitness industry. She started as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer before being introduced to CrossFit in 2013, instantly falling in love. In 2014 Sarah took the CrossFit Level 1 and has been coaching ever since, acquiring the following certifications: USA Weightlifting Level 1, CrossFit Weightlifting Level 1, CrossFit Gymnastics Level 1, Kettlebell RX Level 1, and most recently the CrossFit Level 3. From 2017 to 2020 she was the head coach and operations manager of CrossFit Mercenary in Maryland, which she and her husband owned until they made the difficult decision to permanently close during the pandemic. For the last year Sarah has continued to expand her knowledge while coaching clients privately and training in her home gym. Coaching is Sarah’s passion and she is looking forward to getting back into the gym coaching full classes. Coach Sarah is so excited to become a part of CrossFit Rebels!
Coach Phil is originally from Navarre, Florida and has been in the fitness industry for 7 + years as a personal trainer, group fitness instructor and most recently a lead coach in Nashville, TN for a functional fitness gym. He has a B.S. in Exercise Science from the University of West Florida. Phil holds a CrossFit Level 1, the USA Weightlifting Level 1, an Exercise Physiologist Certification from the American College of Sports Medicine, and a Performance Specialist Certification from E.X.O.S., a world renown Human Performance company. Phil's goal is to empower athletes to develop life long skills to help them achieve their fitness goals as well as sustain a healthy lifestyle.
Fun Facts, Coach Phil has a twin brother who lives in Orlando, and both Phil and his brother are engaged to vegetarians. Coach Phil is also the proud parent of his two Beagles, Jupiter Rose and Opry Bella.
Derek has owned CrossFit Rebels since October of 2020. Prior to that, he worked for CrossFit Inc, the corporate headquarters that owns and manages the CrossFit brand and methodology, for just over 5 years, travelling the world and visiting hundreds of affiliates across 3 continents. He holds a variety of credentials, including CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CrossFit Level 2 Trainer, Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach, Healthy Steps Nutrition Certification, CrossFit Weightlifting Trainer, CrossFit Football/Sport-Specific Application Trainer, CrossFit Powerlifting/Conjugate Methods Trainer, CrossFit Anatomy, CrossFit Scaling, CrossFit Spot The Flaw, and CrossFit Judges Course.
He grew up in Tampa playing a variety of sports, chiefly golf and lacrosse while dabbling in boxing as well and working out with his father in their garage. Attending Hillsdale College, a small college in Michigan that didn’t have any of those sports at the time, he still needed a physical outlet and dove headfirst into fitness. While sitting around New Years Day 2012 he saw reruns of the 2011 CrossFit Games on ESPN and realized he couldn’t do anything he saw these athletes doing even though he thought he was in great shape, and the rest was history. He joined a CrossFit affiliate gym, ambushed the founder of CrossFit at a lecture and begged for an internship at his company, earned his CrossFit Level 1 in 2013, and never looked back.
Matt holds his CrossFit Level 1 and Level 2 CrossFit Coaching certificates and is a high level competitor. Crum grew up playing ice hockey, playing through college and continuing to this day. He came to CrossFit and was immediately deemed a competition threat…already knowing how to “play hard and fast” Matt is a great, intuitive coach and not only coaches the movements and lifts expertly, but also the strategic and mental side of the sport.

Favorite WOD: undecided at the moment; it used to be Fran

Favorite lift/ exercise or movement: undecided at the moment; used to be snatch.

Police Officer by day – CrossFit superstar by night. Slice is “returning home” to Rebels after a short hiatus. Everyone in the box cheered when he walked back through the doors! Slice has his CF Level 1 and 2 Certificates, and is CF Football and CF Olympic Lifting Certified as well. Slice earned his nickname on his first day at Rebels…a missed box jump earned him not just his nickname, but stitches as well (photo in bio!). Slice possesses an uncanny knack to coach based on the athletes needs. He can break down a front squat to a newbie as well as he can fine tune the snatch of a competitor. He studies the Sport of Fitness and the elements within the sport: Olympic Lifting and strength training, gymnastics and strategy. He’s a competitor, at the level of our RX+ program.
Favorite WOD: Filthy Fifty
Favorite lift/ exercise or movement: Deadlifts and Thrusters (because of his “shorter lever advantage”).
Jason (aka JBone) is probably one of the whittier Rebel Coaches! His “sneak-up-on-you-wit” combined with his generally quiet nature makes him a super approachable coach with a high level of skill. JBone holds his CF L1 and his i99 Gymnastics Level 1 and Level 2 coach certificates.
JBone naturally excels in gymnastics, but once he puts his mind and effort into something, he tends to excel there too.
JBone went to college to be a teacher…and while he didn’t pursue that as a profession, it’s something he enjoys outside the classroom environment. “Being able to teach/coach someone to be better at whatever they’re trying to achieve or didn’t know they could achieve is exciting!”
Favorite lift: Currently can’t identify a “favorite”.
Least Favorite movement: Not least favorite but definitely a “goat”: Squat Snatch.
Bio coming soon!
Bio coming soon!
Terry is a Crossfit Level 1 Coach and a local native Floridian since birth. He has lived throughout the Sunshine state but eventually settled down in Clearwater with his wife, Kristin and 2 kids, Trevor and Kylie. Terry was apprehensive about first trying out Crossfit in the beginning as he was into MMA , Jiu Jitsu and globe gym workouts however he came in for his test drive at Rebels in 2013, immediately fell in love and hasn’t looked back since. Terry believes Crossfit equals a “good life” wherein he is happy knowing he’s healthy not only for himself but his family. He strives to set a “good example” for his children and believes CrossFit has prepared him to “take on any task at any time”.
Bio coming soon!
Bio coming soon!