Our Coaches

Our Coaches

Garrett Smith


(Height: 6’2″ Weight: 210 lbs)

Best WOD: Angie @ 9:29
Worst WOD: Anything with heavy squats

Garrett started fitness since he could walk, playing sports his whole life. During high school he knew he wanted to do something with athletics and played with the idea of opening a small gym at that time. Starting a career in the Globo Gyms almost immediately after high school he spent most of his time learning different methods of training. He had the most fun working with military personnel and really wanted to push people more into a group setting. Working his way into every position at a Globo gym, front desk to Director of Training, he moved closer to home to get his gym off the ground. Original concepts of CCF was just a personal training studio but his love for the CrossFit community inspired him to stick with pure CrossFit as his training concepts. With almost 12 years now of training he has founded Crofton CrossFit in 2009 and carries the moto of the gym that he isn’t in this for money, he’s in it for the reward of changing the lives of his “athletes”.


  • American Council on Exercise (ACE)
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
  • CrossFit Certification Level I
  • CrossFit Olympic Coaches Certification
  • CrossFit Mobility Certification
  • CrossFit Endurance Certification
  • CrossFit PowerLifting Certification
  • OPT-CCP Assessment
  • OPT-CCP Program Design
  • OPT-CCP Nutrition
  • OPT-CCP Life Coaching


  • Walter Reed Wounded Warrior
  • Professional/College Athletes
  • United States Secret Service
Paige Kline


(Height: 5’4″ Weight: 130 lbs)

Working out and lifting weights was not always an interest for Paige. At age 3 Paige started taking Ballet lessons and continued to dance (Ballet, Jazz and modern) until she was 19 years old. She danced at the Washington school of ballet for ten years and had great opportunities to dance with professional companies in multiple pieces: ranging from The Nutcracker with The Washington Ballet to dancing with the Bolshoi for the Balanchine Celebration. Having to quit Ballet at age 19, due to multiple injuries, Paige transferred to the University of Maryland where she majored in Communications and minored in Human Development. Being certain that she would never find another sport/art to interest her and to keep her fit was an understatement when she found her love for CrossFit. CrossFit has become part of her life and with her desire and positive attitude she hopes to push and train others to do the same. One of her greatest accomplishments is establishing the Crofton CrossFit Teens Program!


  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Kid’s
  • CrossFit Endurance
  • OPT-CCP Assessment
  • OPT-CCP Program Design
  • OPT-CCP Nutrion
  • OPT-CCP Life Coaching
Chris Miller


The notions of mechanics, consistency and intensity create a perfect foundation for human movement and are concepts that have always resonated with me, even before I began utilizing the CrossFit training method. As a previous athlete, competing as a wrestler and with a short stint as a rugby player, I’ve learned to never underestimate or devalue (in myself or others) the benefits of hard work, repetition of movement and practice. During my career, I discovered the power of intensity and its ability to produce lasting physiological and neurological change. As I was able to break through what I had always considered my limits in athletics, I similarly recognized my capacity to the same academically. Challenging and pursuing my better self is a conviction that I adopted a long time ago and something that permeates all aspects of my life and is now a part of who I am.

I found out about Crofton CrossFit while finishing up my senior year at the University of Maryland. At the time, I was working at Pivot Physical Therapy and happened to meet the owner Garrett Smith, who was rehabbing a knee injury. The day I joined CCF I was welcomed into a community like no other; I was welcomed into a family. The members and coaches not only made me feel at home, they reignited a fire and passion that I thought I had lost after ending my wrestling career years previously.

For me, CrossFit represents the most holistic and organic training program there is. As a CrossFit member and athlete, I am healthier, happier, and more fit than I have ever been. Having gained so much from CrossFit, I want nothing more than to give back and help pass on my knowledge and experience to our athletes in every session. I enjoy the energy of the group environment and love to coach—but more than anything, I love to see our athletes do things that they did not think possible, to challenge their notions of what they can achieve, and to make a difference in their lives both inside and outside of the gym.

In addition, my B.S. in Kinesiology from UMD and my vast experience working as a Physical therapist technician (with aspirations to achieve my Doctorate of Physical Therapy in the near future), I strive to make sure that our athletes train in a effective but safe environment, and work to prevent injuries before they occur.


  • B.S. Kinesiology, University of Maryland
  • Crossfit Level-Once Certificate Holder
JC Penafiel


(Height: 5’7″ Weight: 178 lbs)

Fitness is not just a word to JC, but rather a lifestyle. CrossFit concepts incorporate programing that JC has integrated into his everyday life. Dedication and perseverance are two words that he believes define CrossFit. He instills these traits in the clients and athletes that he trains, and the results are phenomenal. He has witnessed results from his clients and fellow athletes, from losing weight, or reaching their PR’s (Personal Records), which in his opinion, is the biggest accomplishment a trainer could ask for or could achieve.


  • American Council on Exercise (ACE)
  • CrossFit Level I
  • CrossFit Mobility
Eric Kolarick


After becoming a firefighter 10 years ago, Eric quickly discovered the importance of physical fitness. It didn’t take many fires to realize that the typical regimen of lifting weights and running on the treadmill weren’t cutting it. He needed a workout that was functional. Once Eric discovered CrossFit, he was hooked. The constant variance, functionality, competitiveness, and intensity makes CrossFit not only fun, but practical for everyone from Olympic athletes to grandmothers. Eric pride’s himself on having a keen eye for human movement and promises to keep each class informative, energetic, and fun.


  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified
  • Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician
  • CrossFit Coach’s Prep Course
Tawnya Parrotte


(Height 5’4″ Weight 146)

After 8 years of doing isolated weight training, and running two marathons, Tawnya was looking for a workout that didn’t leaving her feeling bored and unaccomplished. After being talked into doing her first metcon workout she was hooked. Tawnya believes eating properly and constantly challenging yourself physically are the keys to a healthy life. She expects as much from her clients as she puts in, and makes sure to give every client the proper training to assist them in achieving their goals. Other than working out, she is a mother, and Towson graduate.


  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified
  • CrossFit Olympic Lifting
  • CrossFit Coach’s Prep Course
Carl Salyer


Carl Salyer, a former water polo player at UCLA, assistant coach at the Naval Academy, and served eight seasons as the University of Maryland’s head women’s water polo coach.

Carl had earned the Doc Hunkler Coach of the Tournament award at the 2011 and 2012 CWPA Eastern Championship and was voted the Division Coach of the year in 2012,11 and 07. The Terps claimed 12th place in the final national poll, the highest-ever finish in school history for the 2012 season.

A southern California native, Salyer went to Maryland after serving as an assistant coach at Navy since 1999. Salyer helped guide the Midshipmen to the 2000 and 2003 NCAA Final Four.

Prior to his time at Navy, Salyer spent five years working with the Naval Academy Aquatic Club. He guided the Navy AC 18 & Under women’s team to the National Junior Olympic Championship in August of 2000 and coached the U.S. Men’s National Youth “B” Team in the summer of 2002. He also guided the Navy AC Men’s High School team to the Eastern Championships in, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002. His coaching experience on the club level has helped place many men and women in Division I programs.

As a player, Salyer competed at Mission Viejo HS (Calif.) where he played for a C.I.F. Championship team and earned All-American honors, Golden West (Calif.) Community College and won two California State Championships and at perennial national power UCLA for one year. Salyer earned a degree in kinesiology from the University of Maryland in 2004.

Carl lives in Crofton with his Wife Jane, son Christopher and daughter Katie.

Carl started Crossfit in January 2010, and has become a Crossfit Level I Trainer in January 2013.

Greg Rhoades



As a lifelong baseball player Greg decided to feed his competitive nature in high school and ended up lettering in 3 sports (Baseball Football Swimming) as well as spending two years on the Rugby club and one year in wrestling. After a semester at Kent State University he soon realized that baseball was not going to work out for him and it was time to move on in life. As he walked down a hall at Frostburg State University the football coach called him over and told him he was going to play for them…so he did. After three seasons and an All ACFC honor it was time to hang up the cleats.

Feeling like he was missing part of him without football, Greg decided to ask a local high school team if they needed any help on their coaching staff. After 6 months of learning how to coach from one of the best coaching staffs in Maryland football he assisted the team as they won a State Championship.  He coached one more year on that staff leaving with a combined record of 20-5 and multiple student athletes moving on to college.

Pushing near 400 pounds Greg had a feeling that if he wanted to live a decent life he needed to get into the gym again and get back to it. After a few months training at a local gym and seeing minimal results he decided to reach out to a local CrossFit owner to see what it was all about. After the first 10 minute workout, he never looked back.



  • Crossfit Level 1
  • Crossfit Football
  • Crossfit Strongman
  • Crossfit Goal Setting
  • First Aid/ CPR
Gillian McBurney



Gillian grew up in northern New Jersey and would always join local rec soccer teams but never really enjoyed sports or physical fitness. It wasn’t until she attended American University in Washington, DC did she truly develop her passion for competitive sports and training. At American University she joined the Crew team and began her commitment to physical training and conditioning. This decision presented a number of challenges, a general physical overhaul was necessary if she was going to be able to contribute to the success of the team. The work to develop strength, endurance, and mental toughness began; slowly, incrementally her focus and confidence changed. Part of the conditioning for the crew team was running, which eventually lead to her new passion of endurance training and competing in races. Wanting more diversity in her training, she dragged herself to her first CrossFit class a year-and-a-half ago where she realized the potential CrossFit had on her fitness goals. Since starting she has been able to run faster and longer, which enabled her to reach her goal of finishing her first full marathon in 2013. Along with CrossFit, Gillian continues to regularly race and lives with her husband and giant dog.

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