Ricky began his career in health and fitness coaching after a successful collegiate wrestling career at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), where he also earned his undergraduate degree in Exercise Science and completed graduate coursework in Pedagogy/Coaching. His first forays into coaching were at the collegiate level as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Director at UNO.
In 2008, Ricky left the university setting and opened CrossFit Omaha, where he coached and managed operations for 5 years prior to opening 2 additional gyms. After 10 years of building and operating gyms and competing as a CrossFit athlete, Ricky felt the call to return to his coaching roots. He missed the one-on-one nature of coaching and the opportunity to impact people on a personal level through fitness and connection. He took the opportunity to move his family to Durango and joined the all-star coaching staff at Catacombs in 2019.
Ricky is as passionate about introducing the world of fitness to those just beginning as he is about training competitive athletes. He has a breadth and depth of experience unmatched by anyone in the area. His energy and excitement for teaching and helping people transform their lives is infectious.
Ricky is one of only a small community of coaches who have earned CrossFit’s highest level of certification, the CF-L4, or Certified CrossFit Level 4 Coach (CCFC) in addition to a wide range of other certifications.
- CF-Level 4 Coach
- CF-Aerobic Capacity