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Meet Your GHF
CrossFit Coaches


Matt Mallard

Director of CrossFit & Director of Education

As a senior in high school, I decided that taking a sport scholarship would get in the way of pursuing the degree I wanted and decided chase my dream of becoming a Florida graduate. I worked full-time as a butcher and attended The University of Florida, majoring in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology with a specialization in Exercise Physiology. While in college, I found my love for strength athletics, especially Strongman and The Scottish Highland Games. I did particularly well in The Highland Games, earning the rank of an “A” class athlete, the highest level of the amateur divisions. 

My work as a Personal Trainer at GHF began in 2008 and completed my internship in 2009. I was promoted to Personal Training Team Leader, Master Level Trainer and Director of Education in 2010. In 2014 I was asked to develop a strength program specifically geared towards CrossFit athletes and then asked to run the program in August of 2015. I love everything athletically related and was drawn to work with CrossFit athletes because of their willingness to work and sheer dedication to improvement.

Certifications and Honors

  • NSCA: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • CrossFit Level 1
  • Kettlebell Concepts Level 2: Metabolic and Neurological Adaptation Specialist
  • Madd Dogg Boot Camp Instructor
  • NSCA Instructor for Certified Personal Training and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Exam Preparation Seminars
  • NSCA Florida State Advisory Board Member
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Meet Matt Mallard

Caroline Pertler

CrossFit Coach & GHF Personal Trainer

Growing up, I played the usual childhood sports and I was always active as a kid. My love of sports led me to compete in four varsity sports in high school: volleyball, track & field, cross country, and weightlifting. After high school, I committed to pursuing a degree in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology at the University of Florida. I stopped playing competitive sports after high school and tried the "normal gym" to curb my competitive edge and need for exercise. Overall, that wasn't enough. I decided to try CrossFit based on a friend's advice and fell in love with it ever since! CrossFit has challenged me to continue to improve my athletic abilities that I once found in sport. CrossFit has also helped me find a community of people that I can truly call my best friends! My goal as a coach is to help give all of our members the same great experience I've had.

Certifications

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • NSCA- Certified Personal Trainer
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Johnny Izaguirre

CrossFit Coach & GHF Personal Trainer

Born and raised in Miami, FL. Currently pursuing a bachelors degree in Health Education and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Florida. I always played different sports growing up like baseball, soccer, basketball. Then in high school started to work out at the LA Fitness and did some recreational bodybuilding. Once I moved to Gainesville I started doing CrossFit and haven’t stopped since. Some of my hobbies outside of CrossFit are yoga and brewing a good cup of coffee. I also enjoy doing a plant based diet, it kind of led me to start cooking my meals and try different fruits and vegetables. The different genres of music I listen too are reggae, classic rock, hip hop, R&B, and techno.

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Johnny Izaguirre

Chris Nethercutt

CrossFit Coach & GHF Personal Trainer

I grew up in Maury, NC and spent most of my free time playing a wide range of sports such as, baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, track, and cross country. I continued playing intramural sports while in college studying Sport Management and Sport Science at NC State in Raleigh, NC. It was here I started realizing my growing passion for health and fitness and when I started to get involved in the sport of weightlifting and Crossfit. At this point growing my knowledge in weightlifting became my main focus and after graduating I began working at a sports performance facility where I worked with youth athletes and coached a weightlifting club. During my time there I gained 2 USA Weightlifting certifications and become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach. Eventually I moved down to Gainesville, Florida and became part of the GHF Crossfit and GHF Personal Training staff where I continue to grow as a coach, athlete, and person. 

Certifications 

  • NSCA: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • CrossFit Level 1
  • USA Weightlifting Level 1

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Chris Nethercutt